Our aim here at Worth is to stimulate and sustain interest, knowledge and understanding of all things classical, cultural and linguistic in all our pupils, whilst highlighting their relevance to modern society. We firmly believe that classical subjects help to broaden the education of our pupils by their intrinsic value and variety.
The civilisation of Europe, the Americas and the rest of the English-speaking world is Graeco-Roman, so classical subjects impinge on virtually every aspect of our lives. Think piazzas, porticoes, pediments, friezes, columns, domes, arches, aqueducts, courtyards, fountains, statues, landscapes, cathedrals, theatres and bullrings. Also the Romance languages – Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French – all are just modern dialects of Latin.
The department boasts an impressive stock of texts, reference books, DVDs and subject-specific software, whilst the school's library contains a range of classical material including issues of Omnibus magazine. The department also has its own lively Moodle website.
Wherever possible, the curriculum for all Year Groups is enriched by clubs, events and trips - both at home and abroad. For example, trips have been organised to Fishbourne Roman Palace, the British Museum, and Rome and Pompeii. Pupils can also gain insight from lectures and occasional theatre trips.
Years 7 to 11
Latin is an integral part of the curriculum. Most pupils learn Latin in Years 7 and 8, after which the subject is optional: the course followed is the Cambridge Latin Course. Greek is also available on a private tuition basis.
GCSE in both subjects involves language work and the study of literature in the original, which is a unique feature at this level. Alongside Latin, pupils can also opt for GCSE Classical Civilisation, which focuses on Greek and Roman topics in translation.
In the Sixth Form both Latin and Greek are available at A Level and as part of the IB programme (at either Higher or Standard Level). Both courses concentrate on language and literature, but the IB course also has an element of individual study which may take various forms, including the compilation of a dossier of sources on some aspect of Greek or Roman literature, history or civilisation.