Latin / Classics

Mrs E Taylor (Subject Leader) GOOD SCHOOLS' GUIDE 2013
Mr J Single Award Winner
Classical Civilisation at AS

This is one of few schools in Kent in which pupils still have the opportunity to study Latin and Classical Civilisation. We are also delighted to be one of the lead Humanities subjects in the School's Specialist Status.

Our aim is to provide not only interest in, and knowledge of, the Graeco-Roman world and its culture, but also a facility in reading Latin literature in the original and in translation. Knowledge of Latin as a structured language provides a firm foundation for the study of the Romance languages and of English grammar. Furthermore, an understanding of the achievements of the Greeks and Romans in all spheres of human activity, seen in the context of their social and political systems, is of great value in putting modern Europe in perspective.

Latin is compulsory in Years 7 and 8, and then may be selected as an option in Year 9. In Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils follow the Cambridge Latin Course, learning both the language and the background material.

In Year 10, Students can continue their Latin studies at GCSE level. Students in Year 11 take the Welsh board's level 2 qualification, achieving certificates in 'Latin Language and Roman Civilisation' and 'Latin Literature'. Each qualification is equivalent to a GCSE , and each is eligible for reporting in Achievement and Attainment Tables. Current Year 10 students now take the new Eduqas Latin GCSE. For both examination boards, pupils meet original Latin literature and can read the Classics of European literature including the great poetry of Virgil and Horace. They also study various aspects of Roman civilisation, including daily life and Roman sport and leisure.

The Department currently follows the AQA A Level in 'Classical Civilisation' which has been introduced as part of our Humanities Extended Schools programme on Thursday evenings. From 2017, this will be replaced by a two year timetabled A level in Classical Civilisation which follows the OCR specification. Students have the opportunity to explore and critically analyse ancient texts in translation, including Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Greek tragedy and comedy. Students will also develop a wider understanding of the social, cultural and political contexts of these texts and will explore the philosophical thought of ancient scholars. Sixth form students can also do their own research in various classical topics to gain the Extended Project Qualification.

Sixth Form students have the exciting opportunity of teaching the 'Minimus Primary Latin' Course in local primary schools and an Ancient Classical Greek club runs on Mondays after school for all year groups, leading up to a Common Entrance qualification.