A new academic year is under way at Worth with lots of new faces, record numbers, exciting developments and still smiling from a summer of excellent examination results.
Yesterday we welcomed new starters and their families on to campus for an induction day, boarders returned last night and today all pupils assembled in the Abbey Church for a start of year assembly when Head Master Mr Stuart McPherson challenged them to set themselves goals for the year ahead.
The School begins the year with record numbers, with a cohort in excess of 650 pupils, and that growth has been matched in terms of development of the campus, with our new Sixth Form Centre and library – the Spencer Building – opened in April and the old library being converted into new Maths and English classrooms. An ongoing programme development includes plans to build three new Science laboratories.
This all follows excellent news regarding examination results in the summer, in the first set of public examinations since 2019. Our IB Diploma average mark rose to 37, compared with the national average of 33, while A Level and GCSE results continued on an upward trajectory from 2019.
In assembly this morning Mr McPherson spoke about the School being “an oasis of peace and calm … an opportunity to have a stable and ordered life”. Pupils begin the academic year with ‘Worth Week’ which is an opportunity to ease into the new academic year, to have fun, to make new friends, renew old friendships and to celebrate the community of the School.
The first picture shows new families being welcomed to Worth in our marquee on St Mary's Lawn yesterday. The second picture is from today's 'Welcome Back' assembly.
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