All pupils study Latin in the First and Second Forms. This grounding in a classical language, with careful attention to grammar, syntax and vocabulary, lays foundations valuable to the study of English and modern languages. (In the Second Form there is also a taster course in Classical Greek.) In the Third Form, pupils can choose to continue with Latin and/or start Classical Greek. Both subjects are taught to GCSE and A level. The syllabus is divided equally between language work and the study of classical literature, with the pupils reading authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Pliny and Cicero or Homer, Euripides, Thucydides and Herodotus. In the Sixth Form, Classical Civilisation is also offered to A level: this syllabus focuses on the study of classical texts in translation and works of art and architecture, in the context of the societies which produced them (from the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil, and the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, to the statues, pots and temples of Ancient Greece).
Studying the societies of Ancient Greece and Rome helps us to understand the ideas and forces which have shaped much of the modern world we live in. Our department therefore aims not only to teach languages and literature, but also to give pupils an understanding of the societies to which these belong. The Cambridge Latin Course includes a rich and well-resourced Classical Civilisation component, covering Roman life and history topics based on Pompeii, Roman Britain, Egypt and Rome. The department runs regular trips within this country (to Hadrian’s Wall and the British Museum, as well as Sixth Form conferences and theatre visits to see Greek plays) and every October we take a party of Second Form pupils to the Bay of Naples to visit Herculaneum and Pompeii; every alternate Easter we take the older pupils either to Greece (touring around the main classical sites in Athens, at Delphi and on the Peloponnese) or Rome.
Click here to see the photographs from the recent Classics Trip to Greece
Click here to see the photographs from the recent Junior Classics Trip to Italy