Our aim here at Worth is to stimulate and sustain interest, knowledge and understanding of all things classical, cultural and linguistic in all our pupils, whilst highlighting their relevance to modern society. We firmly believe that classical subjects help to broaden the education of our pupils by their intrinsic value and variety.
“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the transmission of fire.” Gustav Mahler.
The civilisation of Europe, the Americas and the rest of the English-speaking world is Graeco-Roman, so classical subjects impinge on virtually every aspect of our lives. Think piazzas, porticoes, pediments, friezes, columns, domes, arches, aqueducts, courtyards, fountains, statues, landscapes, cathedrals, theatres and bullrings. Also the Romance languages – Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French – are all just modern dialects of Latin.
The department boasts an impressive stock of texts, reference books, DVDs and subject-specific software, whilst the School's library contains a range of classical material. Pupils also have access to a variety of resources on Google Classrooms designed for specific Year groups.
Wherever possible, the curriculum for all Year Groups is enriched by clubs, events and trips – both at home and abroad. For example, Year 8 pupils are encouraged to enter the University of Cambridge's annual Make Your Myth Competition and trips have been organised to Fishbourne Roman Palace, the British Museum, Rome and Pompeii.
YEARS 7 TO 11
Latin is an integral part of the curriculum. Most pupils learn Latin in Years 7 and 8, after which the subject is optional: the course followed is the Cambridge Latin Course. Greek is also available on a private tuition basis. GCSE in both subjects involves language work and the study of literature in the original, which is a unique feature at this level.
In the Sixth Form both Latin and Greek are available at A Level and as part of the IB programme (at either Higher or Standard Level). Both courses concentrate on language and literature but the IB course also has an element of individual study, which takes the form of a dossier of sources on some aspect of Greek or Roman literature, history or civilisation.