Our aim is to prove conclusively that Latin is very much alive and to show how important it is to many aspects of modern life.
Students study the language in its cultural context, enhancing their understanding of English and other languages.
Through the study of Classical literature and Art and Architecture we aim to enrich the understanding of the ancient world and its influence on our world today.
The study of Classical Greek provides a further opportunity for enrichment, enabling students to explore the other Classical language which had a great influence on Latin.
All students study Latin in years 8 and 9, and are able to continue to GCSE, AS and A Level. We use the latest edition of the Cambridge Latin Course, which teaches the language in its historical, social and literary context. A variety of teaching methods is used, including the Cambridge E-learning resource on the interactive whiteboard. Day trips are arranged to such Roman sites as Aquae Sullis (Bath), Caerleon and Fishbourne and there are opportunities for trips abroad usually to Greece and Italy.
Students may study Latin at GCSE and A level and Classical Civilisation at A level. For GCSE Latin there are four papers: language, verse literature, prose literature and Roman life topics. At A level Latin the four papers are divided equally between language and literature, both prose and verse. The A level Classical Civilisation course provides an opportunity to explore, in English, Greek and Roman epic poetry, Greek tragedy and Greek Art and Architecture.
Students may study Greek as an option in the sixth form.
Year 12 students studying Latin have the opportunity to teach the language at local primary schools, using the Minimus course.
All A level students are given the chance to go to performances of Greek plays, 6 th Form conferences and lectures.