Head of Department: Ms Kat Hutton

Who can deny the continuing influence of the ancient world on our own when faced with headlines about the Olympics and the controversy surrounding the choice of Ovid ‘amores’ as a Latin A Level set text?

Here in our Classics Department pupils quickly realise the subject is anything but dead! We are lucky to have a visually stimulating subject with plenty of archaeological finds to support the literature we read and we take every opportunity for you to study and experience these first-hand.

As Mary Beard puts it: “Our own world would be immeasurably the poorer, and immeasurably less comprehensible to us, if we did not continue to interact with the Roman past.”

What do you do in Latin?

Latin A Level is taught in small classes and by specialist teachers.

You will be able to enjoy annual trips to university study days and lectures, Greek tragedy productions and visits to archaeological sites and museums, and experience a varied and stimulating A Level course.

You will visit the centre of the Roman Empire on our study tour and see an exciting selection of monuments in Rome and the surrounding area as well as dining at the British School at Rome where you also attend an evening lecture.

This year we are studying Ovid, Virgil, Tacitus and Cicero.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Latin achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Latin – % A*- B = 88%