Senior School

Key Stage 3 Classics

Latin and Classical Civilisation

In S1 (Year 7) and S2 (Year 8) all boys study Latin for two periods a week. We follow the Cambridge Latin Course. One period is a classroom lesson and the other is held in the ICT suite so that full use can be made of the interactive eCLC and other online resources.
As well as its own language, structure and vocabulary we pay attention to the basis of Latin for English and other modern European languages.
The historical context of Latin is equally important. The setting of Pompeii allows us to explore classical civilisation in a variety of ways, e.g. Roman Comedy. Boys make their own masks and act out a simple comedy.
The second and third parts of the course are set in Roman Britain and Roman Egypt which means we can find out how Roman imperial rule affected two very different regions. Students try their hand at recreating pewter artefacts like those found at Aquae Sulis.
The role of the Roman army in Britain is studied in greater depth in S3 (Year9).

Classical Greek

S3 (Year 9) pupils can join our Ancient Greek club held at lunchtime. Greek can be continued through to GCSE in S5 (Year 11).


The Classics department tries to take advantage of any opportunities out side of the classroom which involve its subjects. In the past we have:
  • celebrated National Poetry Day
  • had theatre visits
  • been on cinema trips
  • visited Chester
  • visited St Albans
  • visited Brigantium Roman Fort
  • entered competitions run by the Hellenic Society
  • entered stories for Junior Classical League of America contests
  • entered stories and essays for the Herculaneum Society Schools’ Competition

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