Cultural Capital

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What does Cultural Capital mean at Hemington?

Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child gains over time through different experiences and opportunities. They draw upon these to demonstrate their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence. It is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

Cultural Capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.

At Hemington, we recognise that for a child to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop.

There are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to a child’s Cultural Capital:

  1. Personal Development 
  2. Social Development
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural Development
1. Personal Development at Our School
  • Careers Information;
  • Personal Finance Education;
  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • The school’s wider pastoral framework;
  • Growth mindset and metacognition – Resilience development strategies;
  • Transition support;
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. public speaking;
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem;
  • Mental Health & well-being provision.
2. Social Development at Our School
  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • Volunteering and charitable works;
  • Pupil Voice – School Council;
  • Provisions linked to the school’s Healthy Schools’ Accreditation;
  • In school and wider community engagement;
  • Pastoral support
3. Physical Development at Our School
  • The Physical Education curriculum;
  • Forest School
  • Healthy Eating policies and catering provision;
  • Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies;
  • The Health Education dimension of the PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol;
  • The extra-curricular programme related to sports and well-being;
  • Wellbeing Ambassadors represent each class and look at ways wellbeing can be supported and developed at school. 
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport;
  • Cycling proficiency training 
  • Activities available during unstructured time- lunch and break times;
  • Activity-based trips (Yr 4,5,6 residential)
  • Design and technology topics related to food preparation and nutrition.
4. Spiritual Development at Our School
  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • Collective acts of worship and reflection;
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths;
  • Visits to religious buildings and centres;
  • The Assembly programme (Picture News)
5. Moral Development at Our School
  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • The school’s Behaviour Management policy;
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects (e.g. Comic Relief, Food collection for our local food bank, Odd Sock Day)
6. Cultural Development at Our School
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice. Citizenship Education through PSHE;
  • Access to the Arts;
  • Access to music lessons (Hemington Rock Band) and access to playing instruments during lessons ie the ukelele
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum.



Cultural Capital at Hemington

The whole school had the pleasure and honour of planting trees for the Queens Jubilee. There were 5 winners from an art competition who helped plant the trees.

Lego club runs after school clubs every week. Clubs are offered every evening till 4.15. Take a look at some of our birds made in Lego Club.

Our Easter Day went well. Our children were having great fun working in house groups on various Easter themed activities. Parent afternoons and whole school days run throughout the year. 

We celebrate National Days such as World Book Day or Shakespeare's Birthday. Last year had in a poet to inspire us and the year before an author.