Our core subject is LATIN which is taught from Form 1 upwards to GCSE, AS and A2 levels.
CLASSICAL CIVILISATION is the study of the Classical Greek and Roman cultures through the medium of ancient texts in translation. The subject is offered at AS and A2 levels.
The study of Latin has many benefits for pupils:
it enhances their command of language by requiring them to pay close attention to the relationships between concepts and the words and structures used to express them
it increases their understanding of English and of language in general
The study of Latin and Classical Civilisation has many benefits for pupils:
they develop their powers of observation, abstraction and analysis of information, judgement and communication
they develop tolerant but not uncritical attitudes towards customs and practices unlike their own
they develop a European awareness through an understanding of their culture and linguistic heritage
they develop an open and sympathetic attitude towards the past and the unfamiliar
they develop a critical and reflective understanding of the world in which they live
they kindle their imagination through contact with the Classical world and stimulate a personal response
they introduce them to significant aspects of the historical, political and philosophical thought of the Classical period
they introduce them to a selection of the major achievements of the Romans (and Greeks) in such fields as literature, art, architecture, science, medicine, technology and law
CLASSICAL GREEK is taught on a voluntary basis outside the timetable to interested pupils in Forms 3 to Middle 6 at all levels, from a basic introduction up to GCE A2 level.
In Forms 1, 2 and 3 Latin we follow the Cambridge Latin Course. At GCSE, AS and A2 levels we follow the courses set by OCR Examinations.
After A2 Level
Many of our pupils who pursue Latin/Greek and/or Classical Civilisation to A2 level take up related courses at university ranging from full Classics to Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Archaeology.