Much of our English language comes from Latin and the modern world would be a very different place if we had not been part of the Roman Empire for more than 400 years. That’s why learning about ancient Greece and Rome is so important – their culture provides the basis for our legal system, architecture and road infrastructure and also for a lot of our core values. In addition, studying Latin encourages the development of a range of intellectual skills including logic, accuracy and understanding of how a language works. A good grade at GCSE or A Level is highly regarded by universities – especially when applying for competitive courses like medicine and law.
We introduce Latin in Prep 6 and then as an option from Years 8 to 13. The Cambridge Latin course is used up to GCSE and the OCR examination specifications are used for all qualifications. Ancient Greek is offered as an extra-curricular club.