The Classics Department is relatively new to Cokethorpe, having been instituted in the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Department has now expanded and Latin is taught to all First and Second Form pupils, and a selection of Third Form pupils. The Department has a clear vision for what it hopes to achieve. It is our intention to develop a successful and dynamic Classics Department, offering both Latin and Classical Civilisation at A Level.

The study of Classical subjects provides students with an opportunity to develop both a love for literature and an ability for analytical problem-solving. The study of these subjects can lead to Classical degrees, or those in related areas, such as Ancient History, Law, Philosophy, Archaeology and Anthropology, English Literature or Modern Foreign Languages. Degrees of this sort pave the way to a wide variety of careers, many of them apparently unconnected with the Classical World. Common career paths for Classicists include: Law, Finance, the Foreign Office, Business, Politics, Advertising and Technology.

First Form to Third Form

Pupils in these year groups are being taught Latin for the first time this year. The First and Second Forms are being introduced to the language by way of the Cambridge Latin Course, and the Third Form follow the ‘So You Really Want To Learn Latin’ series. Pupils have one Latin lesson per week, and the majority of classwork is language-related. However, pupils will also undertake a series of research projects on topics relating to Roman civilisation and culture over the course of the year, which are to be completed outside the classroom. The Department’s aim in introducing Latin in this way is to ensure a solid grounding in the language skills required for a successful transition to the Latin GCSE course, whilst also developing an appreciation of the cultural context to the pupils’ learning. 

Fourth Form to Fifth Form

Pupils are offered the opportunity to study for a Latin GCSE at the end of the Third Form. Pupils who opt to continue with their study of Latin will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of language on a deeper level and to hone their translation skills. They will also, as part of the OCR GCSE course, be introduced to excerpts of original Latin by authors such as Cicero, Livy, Pliny, Horace and Virgil. The study of Latin at GCSE level is, therefore, both literary and linguistic; students learn to practise literary criticism and to analyse poetic technique, as well as to translate accurately. Students who choose to study Latin at this level will have five Latin lessons per fortnight. 

Head of Classics: Mr P A R Goulding 

Trips, Activities and Extension 

Visit to the Classical Sites of Greece

The most recent trip to Greece in October 2014 first visited Delphi, followed by two nights in Athens with its innumerable sites central to ancient theatre and democracy. The group then visited the phenomenal theatre at Epidauros with its famous Asclepion (ancient health spa), Argos, Mycenae (the legendary seat of Agamemnon), and the Isthmus at Corinth.

Classical Theatre Productions

The Department regularly organises excursions to see Classics-related productions. This is often in conjunction with other subjects such as Drama or English where productions are relevant for more than one discipline. Previous trips have included a visit to see Aristophanes’ Clouds performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, as well as trip to see a reworking of Sophocles’ Electra at the Old Vic with Drama students.

The Classical Arena

First Form to Third Form pupils are given the chance to explore all things Roman and Greek in this AOB club. From myths and legends to the Roman Army, to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, this AOB gives budding Classicists an introduction to the Classical World.