Classics

“At school you are engaged not so much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism.”
William Johnson Cory, a 19th century master in Classics at Eton

Whether through Latin, Greek or Classical Civilisation, girls are encouraged to develop their ability to read and discuss with an open mind, to analyse and interpret ancient source material (written texts both in their original language and in translation, and other types of source material), to offer personal, considered responses and to write critically.

Those who take Latin and / or Greek practise the habit of logical, careful thinking through the study of these highly inflected languages and their complex syntax.

The study of grammar and syntax enables them to communicate more effectively in English and provides a strong foundation for the learning of other languages, especially Romance languages.

In all classical subjects, girls gain insight into Greek and Roman attitudes and ways of life, and pursue aesthetic appreciation through the study of the literature and art of Greece and Rome, as well as understanding and respect for cultures other than their own.

LC Programme

All girls in LC1 take Latin. In LC3 girls may also begin Greek and Classical Civilisation.

UC Programme

The OCR GCSE specification is followed for Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation.

SFC Programme

Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation are taught as part of the OCR A Level. Latin and Greek are also offered as IB subjects at Standard and Higher Levels.

Staff List

Head of Classics: Mr Simon Pitt BA

Mrs Julia Ebbrell MA ACMA
Mrs Catherine Lygoe MA MPhil
Mrs Isabel Michell BA
Dr Claire Wilkinson MA MPhil