Welcome to Latin
Latin was introduced back into the curriculum in September 2013 to broaden the opportunities available in our thriving and successful language department. Students say that studying the language, literature and history of ancient Rome gives them an awareness of our own history, an understanding of language and of the roots of many English words and a huge advantage in learning the grammar of the modern European languages they also study at school. The analytical skills and intellectual flexibility demanded by the study of an inflected language are much valued by universities and employers.
Students have the opportunity to start Latin in Year 9, following a two-year course and taking GCSE in Year 10. The course is intensive and demanding, involving the learning of the language to a high level and the study of prose and verse literature texts.
After the GCSE examinations, there are opportunities to explore the history and culture of the Romans, including an investigation of Roman York and trying out army manoeuvres in the playground:
Latin has run off-curriculum at A Level this year, and will be running as a timetabled A Level course from September 2015. The language work and breadth of literary study at A Level make this a fascinating course with a wide relevance to students contemplating further study in modern languages, English, History, Medicine and Law.
Ancient Greek is also offered as an enrichment course in Year 12.