We are proud to be one of the few state schools in the country to offer Classics - Latin, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek. Classics is part of the ethos of our school and a key element of the curriculum. We believe that Classics still has an important pedagogical function to play in the modern world and we give all pupils the opportunity to study this rich and rewarding subject.
In Year 7 all pupils are introduced to the wonders of the Greco –Roman world during fortnightly lessons. The course focuses on the Latin language and the civilisation of Roman Britain, though time is also made for learning the Ancient Greek alphabet as well as the timeless tales of Greek mythology.
Pupils in Years 8 and 9 can opt to continue studying Latin. The Cambridge Latin Course is used, which encompasses a multi- modal approach to language learning. The course is designed to promote engagement and accessibility in the subject, whilst ensuring that it also remains challenging and intellectually satisfying. Attainment tests are taken in Year 8 and 9 and pupils who are successful in these are rewarded with certificated accreditation from the University of Cambridge.
For GCSE we offer two Classical subjects:
- Latin – pupils continue to build upon the linguistic skills developed at KS3 and have the opportunity to read extracts of ancient Roman literature in the original language.
- Classical Civilisation – pupils enjoy the chance to delve deeper into the ancient world through the study of civilisation and literature topics.
We also offer these two Classical subjects at Advanced Level:
- Latin – By now pupils have the linguistic ability to fully engage with the writings of Roman authors such as Cicero, Virgil, Caesar and Ovid. Pupils cultivate their understanding and appreciation of these enduring texts whilst continuing to develop skills in translation.
- Classical Civilisation – Pupils undertake a multi-faceted analysis of different aspects of the ancient world which will include the study of society, values, history, politics, religion, philosophy and archaeology.
Beyond the curriculum:
- Ancient Greek - Pupils from Year 7 onwards will have the opportunity to begin learning Ancient Greek during lunch time. Those who are particularly committed can pursue the subject to GCSE level.
- Classical Trips – Trips to sites of interest in Greece or Rome are arranged annually. Smaller excursions to local places of interest, museums and theatre trips are also employed where possible to extend pupil’s learning beyond the classroom.