Worth has a number of channels in place to support students in their learning and general well-being.
Students meet regularly with their Housemaster or Housemistress and are placed within Tutor groups. Most Tutor groups in Years 7 to 11 are House-based, but those in Years 12 and 13 may contain a mixture of Houses and Years. Tutor groups are small and students are treated as individuals. As well as discussing academic progress they will discuss other matters of mutual interest or elements of the pastoral curriculum.
Much of the work of the Tutor goes on quietly behind the scenes – a conversation about a student with a colleague, a phone call to parents before a difficulty becomes a problem, or a personal word of congratulation when, for example, one student helps another.
The SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) sessions are a regular feature of student timetables and cover the following topics:
- Spiritual – beliefs, perspective on life, respect for different people's feelings and values.
- Moral – Recognising the difference between right and wrong, moral and ethical issues.
- Social – Cooperation, resolving conflicts effectively.
- Cultural – Cultural influences, respect for and celebration of cultural diversity.
Worth aims to equip all students with the skills needed to feel comfortable and to study confidently in the school environment. Our Head of Learning Support, Mrs Catherine Latham is always on hand at Open Mornings to answer any questions from prospective parents. In order to meet the mild learning needs of those who require specialist support for either the entirety of their academic career or for part of it, the School offers both small group and one-to-one teaching as appropriate. Support is taught by suitably qualified specialist teachers and provision is reviewed on a termly basis. Charges apply for learning support and are available upon request.
In addition to fostering an enjoyment of reading for pleasure, the Library staff and teachers encourage students to develop research skills related to retrieval, evaluation and use of information, encouraging their independent learning throughout Worth and beyond. The spacious library is within the main study block and is open seven days a week, including before and after school. It is staffed by a professional librarian and a library assistant who are always on hand to help users access a wide range of print and on-line resources. There is a large study area and a dedicated IT suite. The Library Blog offers reviews and events that the pupils can enjoy getting involved in and a 'Book of the Week' has recently been introduced.
The influence of the Benedictine tradition & ethos is evident in every area of school life & shines through the daily lives of the pupils...