Worth is a 7-day-a-week full boarding school.
Worth is increasingly unusual as a boarding school in South East England with our commitment to being a 7-day-a-week full boarding school. The majority of pupils in the senior school are boarders, and all the boarders in the boarding houses are full, not flexible or weekly, boarders. About ⅓ of pupils come from overseas, primarily from EU countries, and a handful from across the rest of the world, with over 20 nationalities represented in the school. UK-based boarders come from London, and from across the South East, and some from further afield.
Some weekends are ‘closed’, with all boarders expected to remain in the School at the weekend. Others are ‘open’ but it is the norm that the majority of boarders remain in the School on Saturdays and Sundays. Sports matches against other schools are played on Saturday afternoons; and Friday evenings, Saturday evenings and Sundays see a diverse and changing variety of activities, lectures, social events and external trips organised.
September 2022 Timetable
From September 2022 Saturday morning academic lessons, currently compulsory for all pupils in the senior school, will instead move into the Monday to Friday timetable. This change presents a range of new opportunities for boarders and an exciting new structure for the weekend boarding experience at Worth.
Saturday morning will continue to be a busy and enriching part of the school week. After a slightly more relaxed start to the day, there will be a dynamic programme of activities, games, master/revision classes, Duke of Edinburgh's Award and International Baccalaureate Diploma Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) opportunities for boarders and day pupils to be involved in.
Moving this programme to Saturday mornings will give pupils more time to focus on these important aspects of their education, and opens up numerous avenues for complementing their GCSE, A Level or IB Diploma studies and their enjoyment of the boarding experience as a whole. Games fixtures will continue on Saturday afternoons and pupils will be expected to fulfil their team responsibilities.
The re-designed Monday to Friday timetable retains all the academic requirements currently included in the Monday to Saturday timetable, but without increasing the pace of the week, the level of demand placed on boarding pupils, or the length of the school year. We have been able to achieve this partly by transferring some activity time out of the week and into Saturday morning, but this is without reducing the time pupils spend playing sport during the week. We have also built in many more options for evening activities, which will also allow more interaction between boarding and day pupils outside of lesson time.
This change to the way we approach Saturday mornings is part of a range of enhancements we are making to the weekend experience for boarders at Worth, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings, which will underline our commitment to being a 7-day-a-week boarding school.
The social development of pupils is excellent. The pupils have ample opportunities to work together in class, in activities and in houses where they organise social and charitable events. ISI Inspection Report