Classics

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 classical subjects is healthy. Several boys at any one time will also be studying a classical language off-timetable (e.g. Latin as a fifth AS, or Greek to GCSE in the sixth form for late converts). We offer a Classics trip each year (alternating Greece and other classical lands), visits to theatres and museums, and an active Classical Society with talks by boys and visiting speakers.

Dr James Burbidge

Head of Department
BA, MSt, DPhil, St Hilda’s College, Oxford  

Mr James Nicholls

Teacher
MA, Worcester College, Oxford

Miss Camilla Read

Teacher
MA, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Mr Adrian Schweitzer

Teacher
MA, Merton College, Oxford

Mr Robert Stephen

Teacher
MA, King’s College, Cambridge