Cultural capital is defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will use to be successful in society and in the world of work. At Cunningham Hill we strive to build our pupil aspirations and expose them to a range of experiences to help them achieve goals and become successful.

In order for pupils 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, for example, through our curriculum, extra-curricular activities, trips and visits.

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

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development including current affairs awareness
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural Development


  • Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum
  • Transition support and induction
  • Leadership opportunities e.g.young leaders,monitors, etc.
  • Mental Health and Well-being (5 ways of wellbeing & Feelit)
  • Skills Builder and Building learning Power
  • Play parts
  • Professional

Other enrichment opportunities that support cultural capital for each year group

Developing Cultural Capital Table

Junior School memories from 2022-2023

All year groups benefit from:

House competitions each term that support cultural capital e.g. famous landmarks, famous
works of art, world flags, famous pieces of music etc.

  • Professional assemblies
  • Community assemblies
  • Eco ambassadors
  • School council
  • Class monitors
  • Wellbeing activities


Focus Weeks/National Initiatives which are shared in school:

  • Art Day
  • Sports Extravaganza
  • Anti-Bullying Week
  • Internet Safety Week
  • Just-Talk Day
  • Well – Being Day
  • Rainbow laces Day
  • Science Week

Additional optional opportunities include:

  • Chess competitions
  • Competitive sports teams
  • Choir – singing at the O2