The study of the Ancient World is an important part of modern education, helping pupils to understand the origins of language, culture, and society.
The Department has its own self-contained block, consisting of two classrooms equipped with computers, screens, whiteboards and DVD players.
All pupils study Latin in the Second Year. Latin and Classical Civilisation are optional subjects in the Third Year, with both of them, and Greek, being offered as GCSE options. Latin and Classical Civilisation are offered at AS/A2 Level.
By studying Latin for two years, we hope that pupils will receive a good grounding in the basics of language. As an aid to learning about other languages and cultures, the Cambridge Latin Course which we use is an ideal vehicle. The addition of the study of Greek is an important way of broadening the education of our more able pupils. Above all, we want pupils to see how important the influence of ancient peoples has been on our own society, culture, laws, language and life.
A Level pupils choose a variety of subjects at university - Classics, Latin and Modern Languages, Classical Civilisation, Archaeology, as well as other Arts subjects.
The Department has organised trips abroad in recent years to Greece, Rome and the Bay of Naples, Sicily and Turkey. Other trips closer to home are organised to see Classical sites, relevant plays, performances and exhibitions.
A very tangible and positive atmosphere of respect is evident in class and as pupils move around the school. Relationships amongst pupils are excellent; particularly significant is the older pupils support for those who are younger.