A prep school within a senior school.
Best of Both Worlds
Boys and girls joining in Year 7 (age 11+) or Year 8 (age 12+) at Worth belong to Austin House, a day house with its own accommodation, House staff and tutors, which provides a crucial stepping stone for the pupils as they transition from a primary to a senior school. Worth junior boys and girls are able to access all the academic teaching and extensive facilities of the senior school, but also retain the small classes, co-curricular activities and dedicated support appropriate for their age, and thus have the best of both worlds: a Prep school environment but with all that a senior school can offer.
They quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent. Pupils do not feel pressured to fit into a certain mould and are supported by the whole school community. ISI Inspection Report
Space to Grow
Worth recognises how important the first two years of secondary school are in establishing a love of learning. Lessons must be fun, exhilarating and purposeful, creating the best possible foundation for the GCSEs ahead.
Boys and girls joining Year 7 follow a carefully calibrated syllabus that deliberately follows through into Year 9, thus laying the best foundations for their GCSEs which start in Year 10. The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 (ages 11- 13) is purposefully broad and well-balanced. Taught by academic subject specialists, pupils have lessons in Art, Drama, Design and Technology, English, Computer Science, French, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies and Science. Lessons are held in subject classrooms, and the pupils have full access to the laboratories, studios and theatre of the senior school.
Academic enrichment is fostered by academic clubs and societies which run during dedicated slots each week. There are opportunities for visits, exchanges, talks, conferences and team building sessions — all of which extend pupils’ academic interests beyond the classroom. Each academic department has a subject specific policy on providing for academically gifted pupils and much work is done within departments to stretch academically gifted pupils and to challenge them to aim higher.
Hands up for homework
Year 7 and Year 8 pupils may be able to complete some of their homework (‘Prep’) the school working day, and there is an optional daily lunchtime Prep club to enable the pupils to work under quiet supervision, although some work may at times need to be brought home for completion. Worth uses an online homework calendar showing homework information, deadlines and attachments for pupils and parents.
As Year 8 pupils at Worth do not have to sit any further examinations — such as Common Entrance — to progress into the senior school, the junior years are focused on learning, rather than testing. The curriculum in Years 7 and 8 is carefully designed to dovetail with that in Year 9, allowing for easy transition.
Some schools really overdo pressure on academic achievement as the single best way to show they are great school. Worth is not like that. Parent