"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"
The study of Classics is all about asking questions, about the past, and about ourselves. Our culture is built on the ideas of the Greeks and Romans and the questions they asked about life and how to live it, and these are questions we still ask today: Who should rule, and how? How should we treat other people? What can we learn from the past? How can we be good?
Classics is more than just one subject; Classics is about life: art, language, politics, myth, drama, architecture, law, science, religion, archaeology, philosophy, history.
There’s something for everyone in Classics, and Classics is for everyone.
Classics is introduced in Year 7. It is a combination of Latin language and Roman and Greek civilisation.
Classical Civilisation can be studied at GCSE, AS, and A level. Girls study a wide range of material in translation, from Greek tragedy and architecture, to Roman poetry and political history.
Classicists are encouraged to experience the Ancient World for themselves on a variety of excursions, including visits to the British Museum, trips to Greek plays, and trips to Italy and Greece.
The study of Classical languages is a proven method of improving linguistic competency with often dramatic results in reading, comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. Latin and Greek have a wide cross-curricular impact, fostering the development of a whole range of transferable skills such as analysis and problem solving, and providing a foundation for the study of many modern languages. Besides which, there are so many wonderful stories and writers to discover!
Girls who choose to continue their study of Latin in Years 8 and 9 read The Cambridge Latin Course, a stimulating programme which covers both language and society, from Rome and Pompeii to Roman Britain and Egypt. Latin can be continued to GCSE, AS and A level, where girls achieve excellent results.
Greek (all welcome!)
‘Almost everything men have said best has been said in Greek’ Marguerite Yourcenar
It’s Greek to Me! is a fun introduction to Ancient Greek language and culture, and is open to all girls from Years 7-10.
Greek for GCSE is for girls who would like a more intensive approach to the Greek language, and is open to Years 9-13.