Cleadon Church of England Academy

Flourishing together as one

Cultural Capital


Through our broad and balanced curriculum, we aim to provide children with skills, knowledge and experiences that will grow their cultural capital.


What is Cultural Capital?

It is not one element of education. Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, values and skills that a pupil can draw upon throughout their life. It demonstrates their cultural awareness and appreciation. Cultural Capital is one of the foundations a child will draw upon to be a successful member of society.

Cultural Capital is woven throughout our curriculum. It will draw upon a child’s own experiences and culture. It will nurture a child’s talents, whilst developing their skills and knowledge within a strong Christian ethos and shared British Values. It will help children to be conscientious, resilient, aspirational and successful in life.  


Ofsted define cultural capital as:

“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’”


At Cleadon CE Academy we know the importance of educating the whole child; we strive to provide experiences that enrich them educationally, personally, physically, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.

For students 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 their cultural capital. We do this in many ways: our curriculum, school projects, community engagement, extra-curricular activities, trips, visits, residentials, careers work and much more.

We focus on five key areas of development that are interrelated and contribute to building a child’s cultural capital:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual and Moral Development
  5. Creative Development

By developing the children’s cultural understanding, broadening their knowledge, fostering Christian values and giving them a wide range of experiences, we strive to allow every child to achieve their potential nurturing their talents to succeed.

Click on the link below to gain a snapshot of how our curriculum helps our children to share and grow their cultural capital:

A Snapshot of our curriculum in action (Click Here)