The Modern Foreign Languages is to offer Latin GCSE to current Year 9 students after they secured a funding grant from the charity 'Classics for All'. The subject has been successfully taught as an option to our Year 12 students under the IEC scheme, but this is the first time that it will be available to younger year groups. It is also envisaged to start an after-school club for those who do not wish to study it formally.
Teacher Sophie Haven has been teaching the subject since September with the help of Spanish Languages Assistant Francisco Javier Fernandes Valverde. She said ‘The students have been making good progress with their studies and are showing great promise. Latin forms the basis of so many of our words and phrases today that studying it is still relevant, particularly those who want to study law, the classics or languages at university. I am delighted that Year 9s will now also be given the opportunity to study such a rich and historic subject.’
Here’s what the current Sixth Formers said of their studies:
‘I highly enjoyed translating texts from Latin to English and developing my understanding of Roman culture.’
‘What I like about Latin is the relaxed language learning environment. It is not as stressful as learning the mainstream languages and the historical aspect is very good and fun to learn.’
‘I enjoy Latin because it helps my Spanish and also increases my knowledge of vocabulary and word roots.’
‘It was a different choice to anything else on the IEC programme. It helps to expand my understanding of language and where it came from.’