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Cultural Capital

What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital is 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 draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.


Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success in our society.


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


Cultural capital is having assets that give pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


At Merridale, we are committed to providing our children with a broad and balanced curriculum, which is enriched with meaningful and exciting learning opportunities.


Our aim is to ensure that all children, regardless of cultural or socio-economic background or starting points, become the best they can be. We do this by providing a learning environment, which ensures all children achieve and encourages ambition.


Cultural capital is about preparing children for what comes next. By providing children with new skills, we nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, the children develop new forms of cultural capital that make a difference to individual mind-sets, which consequently shapes their future.


Children at Merridale experience enrichment opportunities which allow them to appreciate and understand the awe and wonder of the world in which we live whilst ensuring they understand their role in protecting and celebrating our natural world.

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