Classics

Classics

The Classics Department teaches Latin to all pupils in Upper Two (Year 6) in the Junior School and the Third Form (Year 7) in the Senior School. Pupils may opt to continue studying Latin from the Fourth Form (Year 8) all the way to GCSE and A Level. They may also opt to study Classical Civilisation at GCSE and A Level. The Head of Department is Mrs Stephanie Shrubb, who took over the position in 2015. She is assisted by Mrs Emily Dunlop and Mr Nick Keyes, and they mainly use the Classics Department's two teaching rooms in the Languages Block. Latin GCSE and A Level classes follow the OCR curriculum. For Classical Civilisation, the Department follows the OCR curriculum to GCSE and the AQA curriculum to A Level. The Department runs a weekly lunchtime club which introduces interested pupils of any age to Classical Greek, the language of Ancient Greece, and offers occasional talks on Classical topics. The Department also organises an annual Fourth Form (Year 8) trip to the Roman remains in Bath and occasional trips further afield (walking Hadrian’s Wall in 2006, visiting the Roman remains at Caerleon in South Wales in 2010, joining the Geography Department in trips to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius in 2011, 2012 and 2015, and Sicily in 2014). Theatre trips are organised whenever possible to see Ancient Greek plays, most recently to Euripides’ Hippolytus in English at Exeter University in 2013, and Sophocles’ Antigone in Classical Greek at Bradfield College in 2014.