Senior - Latin & Classics

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Latin is very much alive and kicking at St Francis’ College. The subject is taught to all from Year 5 to Year 9, becoming optional at GCSE. Both Latin and Classics A Levels are run in the Sixth Form. Results in recent years have been consistently high and there is an established cohort of budding Classicists throughout the school.

The onus is on the language’s place in our body of literature, in history and art, and in western thought. From Year 5 there is a strong emphasis on Classical culture and lifestyle as well as the language itself, including study of: Roman housing, baths and dress, Greek gods, monsters and mythology.

Trips form an important part of our curriculum. Girls studying in the sixth form partake in trips to museums appropriate to the modules they are studying, as well as attending lecture days to prepare them for their exams. For lower years, trips to Roman towns including Lincoln and Colchester, as well as visits to the Letchworth museum which contains Roman artefacts from the area. We have also been running a successful trip abroad to Rome/Greece biennially for the last few years now for girls in Year 10 and above.

Every effort is made to teach Classics as an active subject and to provide new and interesting ways for the girls to learn. For example, last summer saw the Year 7 to 9 students perform an Ancient Greek play in conjunction with the Drama department; a valuable and highly successful experience.

Examination boards:


A Level - OCR