Outstanding pastoral care for every individual boy and girl is at the heart of Worth School. Our distinctive Benedictine tradition and concern for the well-being of each individual are lived out by the school community in its day-to-day existence and are at the centre of life at Worth.
A key characteristic is Worth's aim of ensuring that all our pupils learn to live in communion with one another and can find sanctuary within the School to develop as a person in their own right, fully conscious of their responsibilities to themselves, to others, and to God.
"The quality of the pupils' personal development is excellent. Pupils are mature and many exhibit a strong capacity for self-evaluation, understanding how their decision-making affects their success at school and their personal futures. Pupils' courteous and caring behaviour towards others, and their sensitive spiritual awareness of the world around them, reflect well their appreciation of the ethos of the Benedictine community." ISI Inspection 2017
Every boy and girl, day or boarding, is a member of a House under the leadership of a Housemaster or Housemistress who, supported by their Deputy, has overall responsibility for the pupil's pastoral care and welfare. In addition, every pupil is assigned a Tutor with whom they meet regularly, formally and informally, individually and in groups, to review and support their progress, and to address issues raised through our extensive SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) programme.
Every House also has a Chaplain and every House has a Matron, supported by an Assistant Matron in each of the Boarding Houses, who manages the domestic affairs of the House and also provides further invaluable pastoral support.
House and School Prefects are given supervised duties and responsibilities and act as role models and guides for the younger pupils. The Medical Department provides 24/7 care and support plus there is a professional counsellor, and a network of independent listeners, whom the pupils may contact. All pupils have the opportunity to contribute their views on their pastoral life through a School Council, House Councils, Tutorial meetings, and confidential appraisals and surveys.
"When asked what they think about the School, very often, the first thing they [the pupils] say is: 'I love it'. Many say that coming to Worth has been the best experience of their lives." Ofsted Inspection 2011
No one aims at personal advantage but is rather concerned for the good of others...