10th November 2000 at 00:00
A week in the life of Worth school, Turners Hill, West Sussex

This is one of only three Benedictine schools in the country - the others are Downside and Ampleforth. It is also the only all-boys secondary boarding school in Sussex and Surrey, with 70 per cent of the 420 pupils boarding. "Either we're a dionosaur or leading a trend in a new direction," says registrar Nicola Robinson. There is a monastery on the site and some of the monks are also teachers, including the head, Father Christopher Jamison. For one afternoon each week, curricular activites give way to other pursuits. These include silversmithing (the school has its own hallmark), when pupils make items such as spoons and sugar bowls. Other activities are car maintenance, cooking and dry-slope skiing. Every year, group of pupils swaps places for a week with students at a Belgian Benedictine school, College Saint-Benoit de Maredsous. Worth is set in 500 acres and was originally home to Robert Whitehead, who invented the torpedo. It then passed to Lord Cowdrey, before becoming a prep school for Downside in the Thirties and, finally, a secondary school in the Fifties.

Snaps by old boy Charles Rangley-Wilson

Michael Botcherby, left, and Robin Naudi examine wave patterns on a string in physics

Networking in the computer room

In tune with Charlie Sunnuck

French teacher Richard Knowles with Tom Symonds

Patrick Davey adds the finishing touches

More net working: Rob Palmer, foreground, and David Palmer Brown

Stately school: the entrance at Worth

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