The Wider Curriculum represents a substantial part of the educational experience, involving an extensive choice of activities that take place beyond the academic curriculum – and usually outside the classroom – for pupils in Year 7 and 8. Junior pupils have access to much of what the senior school offers, allowing a far greater range of opportunities than would normally be available.
Worth sees it as an essential part of the learning experience, offering boys and girls the opportunity to learn about life in its broader context: its challenges and opportunities, how to respond to successes and occasional disappointments. It also represents the significance of extra-curricular activities within the ethos of the School and the idea of a balance to be achieved between academic focus and recreational enjoyment.
Boys and girls in Year 7 and 8 are expected to opt from a huge list of activities, clubs and societies twice per week, where they may choose to join some activities with older pupils, and on Thursday afternoons which is reserved for Years 7 and 8 only. There is an ever-changing list of options, with over 30 currently available, with everything from Mandarin to Music, Golf to Geography, and Sailing to Ceramics.
Every year pupils in Year 7 and 8 at Worth take part in a wide variety of trips, exchanges and visits to support the academic curriculum. There are many educational day trips during the school term, ranging from visits to museums and galleries to attendance at academic lectures, concerts, theatres and educational centres. In the summer there is also a Year 8 trip to Mill on the Brue outdoor activity centre in Somerset and a Year 7 PGL trip to France, in addition to a further Year 8 trip to Normandy.
Every year pupils in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to perform in their own school production, performed in the purpose built 300-seat professional theatre. In addition, pupils in Year 7 and 8 have the opportunity to act alongside senior pupils in other productions throughout the year. The productions are of an exceptionally high standard and have received rave reviews because of the quality of performance from the pupils. Worth has its own theatre company called Inspire which is made up of all of the drama scholars from Years 7 to 13. This is an excellent opportunity for the drama scholars to develop their skills outside of the classroom and really take their love of drama to the next level, and offers further performances as part of the School’s outreach programme.
Music thrives at Worth and the core philosophy of the department is the balance of inclusion with excellence. Music is a compulsory part of the Year 7 and 8 curriculum. With the right encouragement and guidance, at whatever level and in whatever style, the life of any pupil can be enriched through music. Almost half of the school has individual music lessons each week taught by an experienced and dedicated team of over 20 visiting music teachers covering all major instruments.
Worth is committed to widening access to music. The school operates a taster scheme allowing pupils who have never studied an orchestral instrument before to have subsidised lessons for a period in an orchestral instrument, and all the Year 7 and 8 pupils come together to form a massed choir which performs in a concert.
A hallmark of the main school choir, the Worth Schola Cantorum, is that is open to all pupils of all ages without a requirement to audition. Orchestral musicians at whatever age can play in the thriving over 50-strong Symphony orchestra and there are also many other instrumental groups including the Jazz Band and Concert Band; pupils can form their own pupil-led groups which department supports with coaching.
Departmental facilities include a suite of practice rooms, a recording studio with soundproofed live room, the Coleburt Room which is department’s main rehearsal space and a well-equipped lower school classroom for pupils in Year 7 and 8, a Mac suite, and Kawai and Yamaha grand pianos are located in the Coleburt Room and Whitehead Room.
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