At Ratcliffe, we offer Latin from as early as Year 5; it may be studied both to GCSE level and to A level.
In the Senior School, Latin is now taken by a set whose members have chosen it at the end of Year 6. At the end of Year 7, pupils may carry on with Latin until the end of Year 9. In Year 10, pupils may continue Latin to GCSE. Those who study Latin at A level never regret it.
Latin is taught in a dedicated room, equipped with interactive whiteboard and its own, specific library.
The Department consists of three experienced members of staff and offers a variety of study trips, which include visits to local or national sites, as well as the occasional foreign expedition.
Class numbers are invariably small; this, of course, facilitates a good staff-student relationship, which is matured and deepened at A level.
Years 12 and 13:
A Level Latin requires preparation for four papers, two testing language and two, literature. Texts in prose and in verse are studied, two in each year, along with unseen Latin passages for translation and comprehension in Year 12 and, in addition, for commentary and evaluation in Year 13. This is a subject which is well-known for being demanding academically.
The Department offers a Greek club, which covers ancient Greek language and culture. We intend to run a trip to Hadrian’s Wall this year. We visited Classical sites in Italy in October 2017 and plan to go to Greece.