Ethos of the Department

The Classics Department promotes in girls a love and understanding of the Classical World – its politics, literature, mythology, history and ideals. Through the evaluation of these societies and by making direct comparisons with modern examples, girls develop a deeper understanding of the values of, and problems faced by their own 21st century world.  Lessons entertain and captivate girls’ minds and imaginations through the wide variety of topics covered.  We inspire a fascination for the weird and wonderful world of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

The study of Classical Civilisation presents girls with evidence and opinions and encourages them to analyse what is good and bad in life for the Greeks and Romans.  It allows them to develop and express structured arguments.  Girls have the opportunity to study highly structured, inflected languages and appreciate their nuances and beauty. Through logic, precision and attention to detail, girls more fully understand English and modern foreign languages and appreciate their debt to Latin and Greek.

Teaching Staff

Mr J Hargreaves (Head of Department)
Mrs A Oliver
Mrs C Richards


Key Facts

  • Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome. At WGHS we offer a wide range of courses in Classical Civilisation (the study of ancient history, culture & literature in translation), Latin and Greek
  • Annual Junior trips to Pompeii & Herculaneum for Year 8 girls; and for Year 9 girls to Hadrian’s Wall
  • Annual Senior trips will alternate between Rome and Greece, allowing GCSE & A Level students to experience at first hand the content of their courses
  • Opportunities for girls to attend lectures, Classical plays and study days organised in school
  • Year 7 EDGE activity: ‘A Herculean Odyssey’
  • Greek offers an extra-curricular GCSE
  • Large, flexible teaching environment allowing for a range of different activities