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What did the Romans – and for that matter, the Greeks, ever do for us?  Well, apart from enduring political and architectural structures and the thinking that lies at the base of Europe, they also shaped the mind of Europe through their philosophy, literature, art and culture.  And, of course, in the case of the Romans, they passed on to us the austere precision and clarity of their language, Latin – still the lingua franca of the Roman Catholic Church to this day.

key stage 3

All pupils study Latin in Key Stage 3, with many electing to continue this into GCSE and beyond.  Through the study of Latin, pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment of the Ancient World is stimulated through its language, culture and history.  Not only this, but pupils will develop an appropriate competence in the language, in addition to disciplining the mind with logical thought through the study of an inflected language. 

key stage 4

Qualification Pathway: GCSE Latin; GCSE Classical Greek

Examination Board: OCR

Method of Assessment: 100% Written Exam

At GCSE, pupils deepen their understanding and appreciation of the Ancient World, and some begin the study of Classical Greek.  Authors such as Caesar, Virgil, Herodotus and Euripides are all engaged with, both at the level of technical language, and at the level of ideas.