The legacy of the Greeks and Romans is all around us, in our language and culture. We strongly believe that as many students as possible should be given the opportunity to benefit from the advantages which a knowledge of the classical world can provide.
The Classics Department seek to share their enthusiasm for their subjects. Statistics show that Classics graduates are among the most employable of all as employers value the transferable analytical skills of applicants.
Latin is taught at GCSE and A Level and Classical Civilisation is taught at A level. In recent years girls have been able to start Classical Greek GCSE in Year 10. Several girls have chosen to continue studying Classics at university.
Latin was the language of the ancient Romans but about a quarter of the world's population still keep Latin alive in their speech today with languages directly descended from Latin. Studying Latin helps you develop logical and analytical thinking and sensitivity for language while simultaneously giving you the chance to appreciate some of the greatest works of literature all time. Latin gives you skills applicable to any degree course: translation is like the mathematics of language, commentary-style essays help you to build the widely transferable skill of close analysis, while the broader context base essays give you room for interpretation and deeper understanding of text. “Don’t be fooled by the notion that it is a ‘dead language' - it’s more alive with laughter, tragedy, drama (and even horror) than you could ever think.”
Girls can start Classical Greek in Year 10. Knowledge of Latin enables rapid progress in Classical Greek. Greek was the language of Homer, historians, playwrights, and philosophers. It has contributed many words to English vocabulary and forms of Ancient Greek roots are used in many of the scientific names of species and in scientific terminology. Girls will study Greek literature in the original language.
The study of Classical Civilisation enhances our understanding of every aspect of Western Civilisation. The Classical world, removed from contemporary society in time and place provides opportunities for the safe exploration of important and sometimes sensitive issues which still affect us today.
The Department has a library of books that pupils can borrow at any time and we constantly update and review the wide range of resources on the schools shared area. Classroom activities are varied and include drama, preparation for Latin and Greek reading competitions, handling genuine artefacts, creative writing and student-led research. We make good use of IT and have a varied DVD library.
There are two designated Classics classrooms, each with a desktop computer, projector, speakers and interesting displays, including two replica temples.
We feel that trips are both an essential part of the Latin curriculum and help to foster enthusiasm for the study of Latin and Classics. Trips to sites of archaeological interest and museums, lectures and plays supplement our classroom studies. We offer a biennial trip to Chedworth Villa and Cirencester Museum for Years 7 and 8 and take girls to Bath in Year 9. We are members of the Gloucestershire Classical Association. We have organised several overseas trips, including three Mediterranean cruises and most recently, a trip to Rome.
We believe that our good relationships with pupils enhance learning. We are approachable and girls are encouraged to seek our help outside of lessons.
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