Classical Civilisation & Latin

Classical Civilisation & Latin


The teaching of Classics should:

  • Introduce pupils to a selection of the major achievements of the Greeks and Romans in such fields as literature, art, architecture, science, medicine, technology and law
  • Introduce pupils to significant aspects of the historical, political and philosophical thought of the classical period
  • Kindle their imagination through contact with the classical world and stimulate a personal response
  • Develop an open and sympathetic attitude towards the past and the unfamiliar
  • Develop a critical and reflective understanding of the world in which they live
  • Develop a European awareness through an understanding of their cultural and linguistic heritage
  • Develop tolerant but not uncritical attitudes towards customs and practices unlike their own
  • Develop pupils’ powers of observation, abstraction and analysis of information, judgement and communication
  • Enhance their command of language by requiring them to pay close attention to the relationship between concepts and the words and structures used to express them.


Key Stage 3 

All pupils study Classics in Year 7. At the heart of the course is a study of classical mythology, including the Trojan War, which embraces many other areas of the curriculum including PSHE and language work. In Years 8 and 9, pupils will either take Latin or Classics. In Latin, the Roman world is brought to life using the Cambridge Latin Course, which is highly popular among our pupils. The complementary e-learning resource packages contain well over 1,000 activities, including video clips, audio sequences, dramatisations and interactive exercises. In Classics, pupils study the civilisations of the Greeks and Romans in greater depth, again supported by a variety of audio-visual material.


The Classics suite is located in a prime position on the first floor of the Queen’s Wing. Our well-appointed rooms are equipped with data projectors to facilitate the delivery of our popular e-learning resources. In this area there is also a very well stocked Classics bookstore and office. Examples of pupils’ work adorn the classrooms and adjacent corridor.


There are numerous sites both in the UK and abroad, which have been visited by our GCSE Latin and Classical Civilisation students to supplement and enrich their enjoyment and appreciation of the classical world. A variety of theatrical productions and study days are also organised by the department as appropriate. A recent trip saw the Science and Classics departments combine to take a group of 40 pupils to London to visit the British Museum, the Science Museum and other sites of cultural interest.

Miss EJ Grindley
Subject Leader of Classics and Latin