The King's School in Macclesfield



      About the Department

      The Classics Department consists of one full time and one part-time teacher, each with additional responsibilities, and we offer Latin to Years 7 - 13. We aim to deliver Latin in a lively manner, using a variety of media and we organise several educational visits and conferences each year at home and abroad. 

      Examination Results 2018

      Latin GCSE: 

      83% of grades are 9 - 7

      94% of grades are 9 - 4

      In the last 5 years:

      Latin A Level

      100% of grades have been A*/A

      Subject Content & Syllabus 

      Year 7 Latin

      • Compulsory for all pupils
      • 3 lessons per fortnight
      • Course set in Pompeii & Roman Britain

      Years  8  & 9  Latin

      • Optional subject 
      • 5 lessons per fortnight 
      • Course set in Alexandria, Bath and Chester

      Years 10 & 11:  GCSE Latin

      • 6 periods per fortnight
      • Course involves translation and set texts 

      Years 12 & 13:  A Level Latin

      • 12 periods per fortnight
      • Course involves set texts and translations

      Years 12 & 13: A Level Classical Civilisation

      • 12 periods per fortnight
      • Course involves Art and Architecture, Greek Tragedy and The Odyssey

      Monitoring & Assessment

      The Classics Department supports the school’s five Learning Habits in its lessons:

      • In Years 7 - 9, all pupils are set regular homework tasks, vocabulary tests at the end of each stage and end of unit assessments as well as the summative summer examination paper.
      • In Years 10 – 11, all pupils are thoroughly prepared for GCSE papers in Language and Literature. This includes regular testing of vocabulary and practice of past papers. Year 11 pupils sit a mock examination paper in January of Year 11.
      • In Years 12 – 13, all pupils work towards sitting their examination papers at the end of Year 13. During the 2 year course, pupils are set homework tasks regularly, undertake internal tests and examinations and take their public examination papers at the end of Year 13.

      Enrichment Opportunities

      • A Level conferences in Manchester
      • Trips home and abroad, including Italy and Greece
      • Opportunity to learn Greek
      • Competitions – Latin reading and Latin scrabble
      • Workshops, e.g. on the Trojan War, led by the academic and author Emily Hauser
      • Special provision made for Oxbridge candidates


      Classics is an academic subject, highly regarded by universities and employers alike. It supports the study of English and Modern Languages, while complementing both Arts and Science subjects. As Classics promotes a logical and diligent work ethic, it is valued in fields such as commerce, education and the law. In recent years, Classics students have read a variety of subjects at prestigious Universities, including subjects such as Classics, Veterinary Science and Arabic.

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