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Classics at The Mount has a long and flourishing tradition.
The aim of the Department is to provide a stimulating linguistic and cultural environment for our students, which both expands their knowledge of the classical world and enriches their understanding of its influence on modern day languages and cultures.
Latin plays an important role in the strong language provision of the School from S8 (Year 8) to College (Sixth Form), alongside French, German and Spanish, while Classical Civilisation forms a popular part of the humanities curriculum in College (Sixth Form).
Academic standards are high, with students regularly achieving top grades in public examinations at both GCSE and A Level and some going on to further study at university.
Our course book is the Cambridge Latin Course (Books 1, 2 and 3), which not only introduces students to the language but also the culture of the Roman world. Motivated to read on by a strong storyline, the students quickly become proficient in the detail of the language, while also 'visiting' Pompeii, Roman Britain and Alexandria and learning about the everyday lives of Romans of the first century AD. As Latin is a major root language for a variety of languages spoken by about a quarter of the world's population today, attention is also paid to the links between it and other languages, in particular, of course, English.
The course is delivered through a variety of ways - from traditional textbook to interactive computer activities and videos - to make the material accessible to and enjoyable for pupils of all abilities and interests.
By the end of Year 9 over half of the set grammar and syntax for GCSE has been studied. At that stage, when pupils make their choices for GCSE, Latin is offered as one of the optional subjects. For GCSE the students embark upon the exploration of Latin literature, as well as continuing their linguistic and cultural studies, and a door is opened into some of the best and most influential of European writing.
The group sizes in Years 10 and 11 for GCSE Latin are always small enough to allow individual attention to be devoted to each pupil but large enough for the pupils to feel at ease and to enjoy fruitful discussion and group work.
The Department prepares students for both Latin and Classical Civilisation. Tuition is in small groups (average 3 or 4) and the emphasis is on student/teacher team work to enable students to achieve their full potential in a relaxed but purposeful environment. The courses are carefully structured so the students are aware of the goals which are to be reached to achieve a successful outcome, while being encouraged to take responsibility for their own progress as preparation for studying beyond A Level.
For the Latin course pupils continue to develop their skills in both language and literature and to gain a deeper insight into the culture of the ancient world by reading a varied selection of some of the best of Roman authors.
The Classical Civilisation course is also centred on the works of Greek and Roman authors, but this time all in translation to enable students who have had little or no experience of the classical world to gain an insight into the two great civilisations which have had such an impact on European cultural development. A broad range of historical, political, social and literary topics are covered.
Extra-curricular activities include: participation in regional Sixth Form conferences for students of classical subjects, competing in the Latin Reading Competition run by the Classical Association at Leeds University (from which pupils regularly bring back awards for excellence), theatre trips to see plays of classical interest, visits to classical sites/areas.