Classics at Blundell's


Welcome to the Classics Department. We teach Latin throughout the School, from Year 7 (11 year olds) through GCSE and all the way up to A2 and University level. We also teach Classical Civilisation and Classical Greek.

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The Classics, History and Geography departments on tour

In the last couple of years, the Classics Department has been lucky to welcome two prestigious speakers. In November 2016, we welcomed Natalie Haynes, writer and broadcaster. She has written 3 books: The Amber Fury, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and published just this year, The Children of Jocasta. She is also a regular on BBC Radio 4, where her series 'Stand up for the Classics' is on its third series.

Natalie Haynes

Ben KaneHistorical author Ben Kane visited us as part of our CVSSA day, put on for local primary schools. He is best known for The Forgotten Legion, Spartacus and Hannibal book series. Six of his eight novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers, and his books have been published in more than ten countries, including the USA, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia and the Netherlands. He has also walked Hadrian's wall in full legionary uniform, as well as cycling Hannibal's route across the Alps.

We also have strong links with our prep school. There is a weekly Classics/Latin club, run by sixth formers and Mrs Milne.

Latin Club at the Prep

Together, we run a year 3 Greek day, with pupils experiencing Greek drama and theatre, shield making, Greek food, making shields and a mini olympics.

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Greek Day and Ancient History Day

For the past few years, the Classics department have run either a CVSSA day for local primary schools or an Archaeology and Ancient History Discovery Day. Activities have included: mosaic making, a mini dig unearthing a Roman pot and coins, ancient drama in performance, learning Ancient Greek  and talks on the Roman army.

Aims and Objectives of the Department

The aims of the Department are:

  • to act as a source of information and inspiration for gaining and maintaining knowledge of, acquaintance with, and respect and affection for, the classical world in the school community at large and beyond where possible; to encourage worthwhile study of classical subjects as part of the curriculum;
  • to explain and make available aspects of the classical world by all possible means to as wide an audience as possible;
  • and to assist those studying classics to seek and obtain the formal qualifications and career opportunities they require.

These aims are targeted through the following objectives: -

  • Delivery of courses leading to: 
    • GCSE in Latin, Classical Civilisation and Greek
    • A Level in Latin and Classical Civilisation (+Greek)
  • Provision of lectures, visits, activities and other events of general interest to present the Classical World to all sections of the School Community at appropriate levels
  • The Classics department promotes tolerance and considers the feelings of all pupils regarding their religious and cultural values. Teachers do not express their political opinions on world events where these may lead to feelings of judgement or ostracisation amongst pupils and will make all efforts not to label or make any assumptions based on nationality or religious beliefs.