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Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013

Classics

Pupils can continue their study of Latin into the Sixth Form, after successfully completing GCSE Latin.

We use the OCR exam board, which offers a sound mix of both language and literature, so candidates have the opportunity to read the writings of Virgil or Cicero in the original.

Once again, it is an excellent academic A Level for pupils with a logical brain who may be considering a career in Law, or as an enjoyable contrast for those studying two sciences for example. Latin fits very well for pupils studying History, English or Philosophy at A Level too.

We also offer Classical Civilisation at A Level; pupils do not have to have studied this previously at GCSE, as it is a complete stand-alone course. We have taught many successful candidates for whom this was their first experience of the Classical world; several of whom have gone on to study this subject at university. Four past pupils are currently studying Ancient History at Cardiff University for example.

The current OCR A Level course is extremely broad, and allows us to choose such diverse modules as Bronze Age Archaeology or Greek Tragedy. The modules currently being studied in the Sixth form are Greek Myth and Religion, and the Imperial Image of Augustus, the first emperor. Through an examination of the literature, visual and material culture of the period students can examine the ways Augustus tried to “spin” his public image in ways Donald Trump would envy, proving that the study of the Classical world is still relevant today.

Pupils enjoy their studies and their wider involvement in school life - they feel well looked after.

ISI 2013
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