Enrichment and 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 stratified 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.

How do we promote Cultural Capital at Ark Castledown through enrichment?

At Ark Castledown we ensure that every child has the chance to access a wealth of experiences, through a variety of ways. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils from Reception up to Year 6 have the opportunity to make termly visits to the surrounding community and beyond. We take advantage of our prime position on the south coast and enable our children to experience all that it has to offer in terms of its social, historical and geographical content. We plan for our lessons and extra-curricular activities to be broad and enriching.

We believe that learning from first hand experience is very powerful and provides lasting impact.

All visits link to the topic-based approach to learning that we promote at Ark Castledown. For example, children have visited the Hastings Castle as a part of the history focus on uncovering the past. Children studying animal habitats have visited Drusilla’s Park, looking at where animals live. Children have taken part in a dance festivals with the local secondary school to showcase their talents. Children have performed Christmas songs for the community in the town's main shopping centre. 

We invite experts into our school to work with our children, including novelists, dramatists, artists, musicians, foreign language experts and representatives from local services. Experts inspire our children to learn through sharing their passion for their subject area, which can raise our children’s aspirations for their future career

In addition to this, we organise special events, curriculum days, and family events to enrich our pupils’ lives and challenge them to aspire to be people who leave a mark on the world.

Primary Connections Passports

At Ark Castledown we are committed to ensuring all pupils leave us in Year 6 having experienced an enriched primary school experience. To help achieve this, each pupil is given a Primary Connections Passport. During the school year each class will take part in 6 essential experiences and collect a stamp for their passport. Pupils also have the opportunity to complete bonus badges. 6 different categories of experience have been chosen to ensure that a range of opportunities are provided;

  • Connecting with nature (Environmental Awareness)
  • Connecting with people (Citizenship: our local and global communities)
  • Connecting with self (Well-being and personal growth)
  • Connecting with our future (Enterprise and Careers)
  • Connecting with culture and the arts (Presentation, Performance and The Arts)
  • Connecting with adventure (Adventure, Challenge and Competition) 

By the time a Reception child leaves Year 6 they will have experienced over 44 memorable childhood experiences to take them to secondary school and into their adult lives. 



Children are offered the opportunity to take part in different extra-curricular clubs and activities. These are often oversubscribed and offer all children a wonderful opportunity to develop interests and skills. The school uses a range of external providers that bring expertise and specialisms to our extra-curricular activities. Teacher and support staff also lead clubs each term which allows us to offer a range of clubs throughout the week

Primary Connections Passport experiences