"Few subjects offer the same opportunities for acquiring advanced skills in languages, analytical thinking, essay-writing, visual analytics, critical sensitivity, spotting a biased source at a hundred paces, and so on." Cambridge University website
In the Classics department we allow pupils the chance to learn for themselves why Classics has been set at the core of a quality education for a thousand years. The founders of so many aspects of modern culture and civilisation chose to model their principles on those formulated in our classical past. Our law, our politics, our moral codes, our principles of good and evil, our methods of inquiry, all are deliberately based upon the achievements of the great men and women who lived in and dominated the Mediterranean world roughly two thousand years ago. Study of Classics cannot fail to give any student a deeper understanding of the aspects of the modern world with which he or she is most concerned. The opportunity to open up this broad and exciting avenue of study, which fewer and fewer school students now have, is something that we take extremely seriously. At the Academy we are strongly committed to reaching out to every child, whether their interests and aptitudes lie most strongly with language or with cultural, historical or artistic studies.
Students will have the chance to study the major Classical Writers, some of the greatest minds of all time. For example,
The study of Classical History (ca.1000BC-500AD) is also very prominent in Classics. Our students have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the society and politics of an extremely advanced civilisation and learn, for example,
Students are also introduced to the principles of Archaeology and the use of various types of sources in the investigation of the past.
S3 and S4 Classics pupils in Rome, March 2013
A joint production with the Drama department in 2013