Classical Civilisation & Latin

Classical Civilisation and Latin are taught as subjects within the Languages Faculty.


The teaching of Classics will:

  • 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
  • Explore other areas of the ancient world and expand their knowledge of societies and cultures


Key Stage 5

In Sixth Form, students have the option to take Latin and Classics. The Latin course allows students to develop their language skills to a very high standard so they can tackle original Latin texts. They will also explore a range of literature and historical context. The Classics Course delves into a diverse range of topics from The Odyssey and The Aeneid, to Greek Theatre and Love and Relationships. We look at a range of visual and textual sources.


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 corridors.


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 pupils visit Pompeii in Italy to explore the ancient remains of the city.


We provide subject support clinics for Y11 and Y13.

For more information please contact:


Subject Leader of Classics and Latin