The King's School in Macclesfield



      About the Department

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

      Examination Results 2019

      Latin GCSE: 

      72% of grades were 9 - 7

      100% of grades were 9 - 4

      Latin A Level

      100% of grades were A*

      Subject Content & Syllabus 

      Year 7 Latin

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

      Years  8  & 9  Latin

      • Optional subject 
      • 5 lessons per fortnight 
      • Course set in Pompeii, Roman Britain and Alexandria

      Years 10 & 11:  GCSE Latin

      • Optional subject, which is one of the choices for the required Language option 
      • 6 lessons per fortnight, teaching the OCR GCSE course
      • Course involves translating Latin into English and studying two Ancient texts: one prose author, such as Cicero or Caesar, and one verse author, usually Virgil 

      Years 12 & 13:  A Level Latin

      • 12 lessons per fortnight, teaching the OCR A Level course
      • Course involves translating Latin into English and vice versa, and studying up to four Ancient texts in detail. This includes authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Livy, Cicero, Tacitus, and more 

      Monitoring & Assessment

      The Classics Department embeds 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 particularly 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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