The Classics department gives students the opportunity to explore and enjoy both the Greek and Roman world and its languages, and to discover its many influences on modern European languages and later literature, art, history and philosophy.
Latin is offered at GCSE and A level, offering pupils the opportunity to study major texts in the original language; (OCR GCSE syllabus J 281 Higher Tier B; OCR AS/A2 syllabus H039//H439). Greek has been introduced in the Third Year, and is now available to study at GCSE (OCR GCSE syllabus J 291 Higher Tier B). At A level students can also study Classical Civilisation (AQA syllabus 1021/2021), which provides the opportunity to read both Greek and Latin texts in translation, and study both historical and literary topics.
There is a flourishing Classics Society, with presentations being given by both staff and students, and a Sixth Form Classics Reading Group. An annual trip is run to classical sites in Greece and Italy, as well as a Field Day to Fishbourne villa. Also there are GCSE and AS trips to the British Museum. Furthermore a member of the Classics department will be directing a school production of the Roman tragedy Seneca’s Thyestes in translation. The department also presents dramatic presentations in Greek and Latin at the Languages Festival.