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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. The department aims 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, a Classics trip to the Mediterranean takes place each year during the October half-term alongside numerous visits to theatres, exhibitions and museums. There is also an active Classical Film Society. Each year a number of boys go on to read Classical subjects at top universities.

Department Staff

Dr James Burbidge

Head of Classics
BA, MSt, DPhil, University of Oxford

Mrs Camilla Campbell

Teacher of Classics, Head of Pastoral Education
MA, University of Cambridge

Mr Samuel Ginns

Graduate Assistant
MPhil, BA, University of Cambridge

Mr Adrian Schweitzer

Teacher of Classics
MA, University of Oxford

Ms Lucy Shackleton

Teacher of Classics
MA, University of Cambridge

Mr Robert Stephen

Teacher of Classics
MA, University of Cambridge

Mr Leo Walsh

Teacher of Classics, Teacher of Music
BMus (Hon), University of Edinburgh

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