Classics, the study of the literature, language and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, has a strong tradition at Bryanston. All pupils study Latin in the first year, with a range of sets to cater for all previous levels of experience, including complete beginners. Those with linguistic flair have the opportunity to add classical Greek to their programme, while for some it proves more rewarding to study the culture and literature of classical civilisation in translation.
Having enjoyed an introductory first year course, pupils may then choose to select GCSE Latin, or for some both GCSE Latin and Greek, among their GCSE options. The even mix of language (translating from Latin into English) and study of original ancient literature at GCSE prepares pupils well for either the A level or IB courses in Latin and/or Greek. Pupils with no previous experience of classics may also select Classical Civilisation at A level, which studies classical literature, history and culture in translation. There is a steady flow of pupils keen to apply for classical subjects at university, and a structured programme of extra-curricular events enriches the whole experience.
Head of Classics