Cultural Capital

The accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence

Cultural Capital it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. Cultural capital is having assets that give students the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.

We recognise that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and contribute to building a studentā€™s cultural capital:

  • Personal Development including Careers
  • Social Development including political and current awareness
  • Physical Development
  • Spiritual Development
  • Moral Development
  • Cultural Development


Whilst Cultural Capital is an integral part of our taught curriculum, we believe that, for our students to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and varied targeted opportunities to develop their cultural capital. We build our student aspirations and provide them with a range of experiences to help them to raise their aspirations, achieve their goals and be the best they can be through:


The following illustrates how we build students Cultural Capital in School.

Personal Development including Careers

  • Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
  • Tutor Time Activities
  • Leadership Programmes
  • Transition Support and Induction
  • Citizenship, PHSCE and RSE
  • Outside speakers from a range of industries and professions


Social Development including Government & Politics

  • Tutor Time / Circle Time
  • Charity Week and Fundraising
  • Pupil Voice and School Council
  • Sporting Competitions
  • Mock Trial Competitions
  • Mock Elections


Physical Development

  • PE Curriculum
  • Health Education through PHSCE
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Sports Day
  • Active Lunch & After School Sport


Spiritual Development

  • RS Curriculum
  • Community & Charity Events
  • Trips and Visits
  • Philosophy and Ethics Club



Moral Development

  • Tutor Time Programme
  • Behaviour & Expectations Programme
  • Anti-Bullying Programme / Assemblies
  • PHSCE Curriculum
  • Philosophy and Ethics Club



Cultural Development

  • Creative Arts Programme & Curriculum
  • Trips and Visits
  • Diversity Week and Rainbow Society
  • PHSCE Programme
  • Library & Reading Programme