Great Expectations Part One - Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017.  Start time 7.00pm.

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"Join us for the first half of an epic journey through the greatest story ever told. The tale of Pip, Charles Dickens' mighty "Great Expectations" will straddle the two ends of this academic year. Part One of this two-part adaptation will be performed next week on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December in the Main Hall at 7pm. (Please note the earlier than usual start time). Part Two will form our Trinity Term drama production in July 2018. Lose yourself in the interlocking destinies of some of the most celebrated characters in English Literature, brought to life by a huge and eclectic cast drawn from students in every year group in the school and with a record number of teaching staff mining their thespian talent! This promises to be a very special evening of live theatre."

Classics & Latin


The teaching of Classics should:
•                 introduce pupils to a selection of the major achievements of the Greeks and Romans in such fields as literature, art,
                   architecture, science, medicine, technology and law
•                  introduce pupils to significant aspects of the historical, political and philosophical thought of the classical period
•                  kindle their imagination through contact with the classical world and stimulate a personal response
•                  develop an open and sympathetic attitude towards the past and the unfamiliar
•                  develop a critical and reflective understanding of the world in which they live
•                  develop a European awareness through an understanding of their cultural and linguistic heritage
•                  develop tolerant but not uncritical attitudes towards customs and practices unlike their own
•                  develop pupils’ powers of observation, abstraction and analysis of information, judgement and communication
•                  enhance their command of language by requiring them to pay close attention to the relationship between concepts and the
                   words and structures used to express them.


Key Stages 4 & 5

Latin is optional at GCSE level but is very well supported and results are consistently strong. For the language, the familiar Cambridge Latin Course is continued in Year 10, before switching to John Taylor’s GCSE Latin in Year 11. Pupils will also begin to study a variety of passages of authentic Latin literature, which again, is fully supported by the examination board OCR. Students who continue their Latin studies to Advanced level appreciate the scholarly and informal atmosphere in which the subject is taught and enjoy a strong and special camaraderie together.

Classical Civilisation is also an option at both GCSE and Advanced level, being accessible and attractive to students across the ability range as well as providing a rewarding contrast in study for the budding scientist or mathematician. There is a range of material studied, examining the history, literature, religion, philosophy, art and other areas of Greek and Roman culture.

Facilities and Resources

The Classics suite is located in a prime position on the first floor of the Queen’s Wing. Our well-appointed rooms are equipped with data projectors to facilitate the delivery of our popular e-learning resources. In this area there is also a very well stocked Classics bookstore and office. Examples of pupils’ work adorn the classrooms and adjacent corridor.

Trips and visits

There are numerous sites both in the UK and abroad, which have been visited by our GCSE Latin and Classical Civilisation students to supplement and enrich their enjoyment and appreciation of the classical world. A variety of theatrical productions and study days are also organised by the department as appropriate.

Extra Curricular