Classics is the study of the Ancient Greeks and Romans and anything to do with them, including their languages, Classical Greek and Latin.
We believe that the advantages given by a classical education should be available to all students, not just to an intellectual elite.
All pupils study Latin from Year 7. Those for whom Latin is not appropriate after Year 7 study Classical Civilisation in Year 8 and 9 and those with a particular passion for Latin also have an opportunity to study Greek as an extra-curricular activity from Year 8.
Many schools are not in a position to offer any Classics at all, so students at St. Edward’s are very lucky to have all three classical subjects as part of their curriculum.
We are firm believers that students should broaden their horizons by experiencing the Classical World both inside and outside of the classroom. In recent years students have travelled to Chedworth Roman Villa, the Roman Baths and even the eternal city of Rome on Classics Trips. We have competed in the Gloucestershire Latin and Greek Reading Competition, winning first and second prizes in the junior section, and have attended numerous lectures, plays and exhibitions to enrich students’ appreciation of the classical subjects. Class Civ club is a popular lunchtime activity run by Sixth formers for younger students, whilst an Oxbridge extension programme is provided for those wishing to pursue Classics at these universities.
In the last five years 25% of Latin A level students have gone on to study Classics at Oxbridge, while 40% of A level Classicists have opted to study a Classical subject at university.
Greek is offered as part of our Gifted and Talented programme from Year 8 to any student who has shown a particular aptitude or passion for Latin. However students may begin the study of Greek at any time during their school career and it has proved a popular option with Sixth form students wishing to learn something new.
Students often opt to sit an Entry Level qualification in this subject, although it may equally be pursued purely for the love of learning.