The languages and literature of Greece and Rome are centrally important to our culture. The Classics Department aims to demonstrate the vitality of that heritage and to arouse intellectual curiosity in the widest sense. Close study of one or both classical languages provides a training in accurate, detailed thought and logical analysis.
Boys are encouraged to think systematically about language and to develop sensitivity to cultural difference. We aim to achieve the most rewarding experience, and the best possible examination results, for pupils at all stages and all levels of ability.
Take-up of Latin and Greek is healthy at GCSE and at A-level. In certain circumstances it may be possible for boys to study a classical language off-timetable. Beyond the classroom, we offer a Classics trip to the Mediterranean each October half-term, visits to theatres, exhibitions and museums, and an active Classical Film Society. Each year a number of boys go on to read Classical subjects at top universities.