SMSC is embedded in the curriculum at The Heights. All pupils in Key Stage 4 study BTEC Learning for Life with a strong citizenship focus.


Alex James Ellison Performs at The Heights 

On the 16th May 2017, The Heights was visited by  singer Alex James Ellison who is currently on a Drug Education and Life Skills themed schools tour.  Alex  performed for the pupils delivering  a drugs and peer pressure awareness  message supporting the programs developed by charity D.A.R.E.

Alex  is a singer/songwriter from Brighton. Alex attended the BRIT School (where Amy Winehouse trained) and has been tipped by BBC’s Radio 1 as the next big British male singer being compared to Olly Murs. Alex has been singing and playing guitar for the last 10 years, and currently has two releases out on iTunes; Duvet Days, a 5 track EP and Chocolate Bar, his latest single. After supporting McBusted on tour he will soon be heading off to LA to work with some huge songwriters.

Alex’s performance was received very positively by all and students and staff even got up and joined in the singing!!!

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Remembrance Day 2016

Pupils took part in our remembrance day assembly. 2 of our staff Dave Stafford and Paul Normanton who are both Army veterans led the assembly. Dave and Paul explained to the pupils how remembrance day came about, the meaning of the poppy and why we continue to commemorate this day. Tony also played the last post on his bugle.

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In key stage 3, pupils study different cultures and faiths, learning through various tools including art.

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As part of the Citizenship module ‘Beliefs and Values’, pupils visited Blackburn Cathedral. Here are some of their thoughts..

“When I walked in, I thought it was really nice. It has many different rooms, it also had rooms for the fallen soldiers. At the front there is sand with candles in and you can light one in memory of someone.We also had a chat together about the afterlife, speaking about our beliefs in being reborn. It’s a quiet place to be, so we were quiet inside. Overall we enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing the different things. Shannon

We went on a visit to Blackburn Cathedral on the 9th October. When we walked in, we didn’t expect it to be as big as it was.There were different rooms, one was for the fallen soldiers. There was another room to think about the people you’ve lost. I lit a candle for someone who has passed away in my family. This was part of the Citizenship module.” Amy


Pupils made Simnel cakes in Food Technology as part of the Beliefs and Values module of Citizenship. They learned about the symbolism and the tradition of Easter.


The Heights is committed to instilling fundamental British values. This is done in a variety of engaging ways including assemblies, guest speakers, PSHCE and Citizenship lessons, trips and joining in with Local and National events such as the Youth Elections.

Kids Voting


Ballot box