Core Values, Aspirations & SMSC

Core Values

All schools at the Southfield Trust have their own values, based on Children's Rights and British Values, and this is embedded in the curriculum and the ethos of school life.

South Downs Values

  • independence (I can do things for myself)
  • advocacy (I can choose)
  • participation (I can join in) 
  • wellbeing (I can be healthy and safe) 
  • skills (I can learn new things)  

Hazel Court Values

  • talking and listening
  • keeping safe
  • working together
  • being helpful and kind
  • being independent

The Lindfield Values

  • respect
  • honesty
  • kindness
  • friendship
  • citizenship

Summerdown & Southfield Centre Values

  • individuality (be yourself)
  • confidence (be proud) 
  • enjoyment (be happy) 
  • participation (join in)
  • determination (be strong)


Core Aspirations

At The Southfield Trust we are focussed on preparing our pupils and students for the next stage in their lives, whether that be transitioning from home to a new school setting, moving to another phase of education or entering the world of training and employment beyond the age of 16.

As a Trust, we work together to create a happy, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which pupils/students can develop to their full potential and celebrate their achievements both academically and personally and socially.

Our Trust Development Plan is focused on helping all of our young people to:

  • build positive relationships
  • make choices
  • be independent
  • make a contribution to society
  • move successfully to the next stage in their lives
  • be safe and well in the world
  • achieve their potential 

These Core Aspirations are reflected in our individual schools' aspirations:


South Downs Core Aspirations:

  • learn the skills to communicate and form positive relationships
  • enable pupils to make choices independently
  • encourage curiosity, creativity and a love of learning
  • foster the development of pupils’ independence and life skills
  • promote pupils’ self-worth and well-being

The Lindfield Core Aspirations:

  • learn the skills to communicate confidently and effectively
  • form and maintain appropriate positive relationships
  • pursue a love of learning into adult life
  • develop students’ independence to succeed in adult life
  • promote their own physical and emotional health & well-being

Hazel Court Core Aspirations:

  • develop communication skills and be confident and effective communicators
  • have choices and be included in the wider community
  • be independent and prepared for adult life
  • be supported by an ethos of collaborative working and close partnership with families
  • be healthy physically and emotionally

Summerdown Core Aspirations:

  • generalise and use knowledge to improve independence
  • live healthy lives
  • build friendships
  • participate in society and community
  • actively engage in life-long learning and enhance employability

The Southfield Centre Core Aspirations:

  • become independent learners
  • communicate needs, preferences and ideas
  • develop physical skills
  • fully engage in a wide range of learning opportunities
  • make friends, foster relationships and enjoy spending time with others

Our aspirations are linked to SMSC, British Values and Children's Rights. 


Through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education, we aim to enrich and expand the lives of our young people, while developing their values, attitudes and beliefs. Each school in The Southfield Trust approaches SMSC in a way that is appropriate and relevant for their pupils/students.

Areas covered in our SMSC programme:


  • Explore beliefs and experience;
  • Respect faiths, feelings and values;
  • Enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world;
  • Use imagination and creativity; reflect.


  • Recognise right and wrong;
  • Respect the law;
  • Understand consequences;
  • Investigate moral and ethical issues;
  • Offer reasoned views


  • Appreciate cultural influences;
  • Appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system;
  • Participate in cultural opportunities;
  • Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


  • Use a range of social skills
  • Participate in the local community
  • Appreciate diverse viewpoints;
  • Participate, volunteer and cooperate;
  • Resolve conflict;
  • Engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

British Values

All schools at the Southfield Trust have British Values embedded in the curriculum and the ethos of school life as follows:

Democracy – pupils have an understanding of how citizens can influence decision making through the democratic process

Individual Liberty- pupils have an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law

Mutual Respect and Tolerance – pupils have an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour. 

The Rule of Law – pupils have an expectation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.

Each school has an individual approach to teaching British Values and school values in a way that is relevant and appropriate to their pupils/students.


All schools in the Southfield Trust work with UNICEF to promote children's rights and have gained a Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) for this work.

We believe it is every child's right to have a voice and express their thoughts, needs and feelings and we have developed our own communication charters.

We believe all of our pupils/students have right to be happy, to be heard, to participate and to contribute. We have expressed this belief in  in sets of values for each school which are outlined on individual school websites.

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