Although the Rule of St Benedict was written some 1,500 years ago for religious communities, it is a clear and practical guide for the complexities of 21st century living. Within our Benedictine ethos we discover how to structure community living which enables the individual to find personal strength, success and contentment whilst also establishing a genuinely supportive environment.
"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.
At Worth we recognise that everyone in our community is on a personal spiritual journey. By a positive approach to community living, we aim to enable all pupils and staff to develop their gifts and talents so that they are equipped to fulfil their unique purpose in the world.
Pupils and staff are able to derive inspiration from our Ten Values:
- Community – we grow as individuals through a life of inter-dependence
- Worship – God is placed at the centre of our lives through communal worship
- Humility – we are honest about our strengths and weaknesses
- Listening and consultation – we listen for God's voice in our own hearts and in our encounters with other people
- Stewardship – we honour the goodness of God's creation by our care for the environment
- Hospitality – we welcome the newcomer 'with the warmth of love'
- Service – in serving others we meet Christ and grow in love of each other
- Fidelity in relationships – God is faithful to us and we find our true selves in stable and committed relationships
- Balance and moderation – the daily routine of the School takes into account our different strengths and weaknesses
- Silence – silence is required for prayer and reflection
These values underpin our community life at Worth and all pupils and staff, whether they hold a faith or none, are asked to respect them.
We all believe that, more often than not, the path a life takes begins at school...