Pupils work enthusiastically in lessons, both as individuals and in groups.

ISI 2013


All pupils in Year 7 now have the opportunity to study both Latin and Classical Civilisation as part of a tailor-made carousel through which they can get a meaningful taster of these subjects in addition to the usual modern languages.

Harry Potter spells in Latin to help to bring the language to life, and readers of the ‘Percy Jackson’ series of books enjoy broadening their knowledge of the Greek gods!

All pupils in Year 8 and 9 have one double lesson per week to study the Classical World in greater depth; developing their linguistic skills in Latin and covering topics such as the Roman army and the Trojan War: Roman Food Day is always popular! At the end of Year 9, pupils can choose either (or both) Latin and Classical Civilisation as one (or both) of their GCSE options, both with the OCR exam board.

Latin is a good academic GCSE for pupils interested in studying Law for example, and also complements the range of modern languages. Classical Civilisation is a highly enjoyable course, especially popular with pupils who are enthusiastic about history. Classical Greek is also offered at GCSE as an extra subject off-timetable.

All three subjects are taught throughout by three specialist teachers who love their subject, and are glad that Plymouth College's broad curriculum allows every pupil the opportunity to study the Classical world. Pupils are also able to experience it at first hand on a variety of trips organised by the Classics Department; every three years we travel to Rome and the Bay of Naples, visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum and climbing Mount Vesuvius.

We are currently arranging a trip for thirty pupils to visit the island of Crete as a change from our other regular trip to Athens and other cities throughout the Greek mainland.

Pupils work enthusiastically in lessons, both as individuals and in groups.

ISI 2013
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