Classics at Reigate Grammar School is inspiring, diverse, and provides a wealth of opportunity to students.
Latin is taught to all in the First Form using the Cambridge Latin Course, which provides a rich and enjoyable introduction to the study of the ancient world. Students may choose to continue to study Latin in the Second Form, where the emphasis remains firmly on learning language in the context of historical study. Around 60 students each year then opt to continue with Latin to GCSE level.
Classical Civilisation is also available to students as a GCSE subject for those wishing to study the ancient world without a linguistic element, those arriving in the Third Form without prior knowledge of Latin or those simply fascinated by the Greek and Roman civilisations! Greek is offered as a GCSE subject alongside Latin for the most able students; around 15 students each year take this option.
In the Sixth Form students may continue with their study of Latin and Greek at A Level, following the OCR specification. Classical Civilisation is offered at A Level using the AQA specification and does not require prior study of the subject at GCSE level. All three subjects are highly-regarded ways of demonstrating all-round academic and applied ability; in recent years students have gained places at Oxbridge to read Classics as well as Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
Beyond the classroom, there is much going on to enrich students’ experience, from Classical Reading competitions to re-enactments of ancient battles: the 2nd Form visit Fishbourne each year, and the 3rd Form spend a day visiting Caerleon and Bath; for students following examination courses, there are theatre visits, set text study days and talks by University lecturers to name just a few. The department also boasts large overseas trips, taking groups of about 60 pupils to Italy or Greece on a biennial basis. The most recent visit was to Greece in October 2015.
Course Summary and Specifications
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