At More House we study the Latin language and how it is still relevant today.

We also explore the culture of the Classical world, delving into how both the Greeks and Romans lived to help broaden our understanding of how the ancient world has helped to shape the one we live in now.


Head of Department (Maternity Leave)

Mrs R Gilbertson -

Acting Head of Department

Mrs R Tunnicliffe -


Mrs K Thornton -


We aim to develop a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the classical world, its languages, literature and cultures. Through teaching the Latin language we aim to develop an understanding of the way language works and help establish a framework that will be useful for learning languages throughout life. We also encourage an awareness of the links between the ancient and modern world, particularly in relation to language, literature and art.


Year 8 – Latin

Latin is introduced in Year 8. We follow the Cambridge Latin Course learning the language through the stories of Caecilius and his family who lived in Pompeii. The focus at this early stage is on translation and therefore understanding Latin sentence structure by recognising the verb and noun endings which are gradually introduced as the course continues.  The girls are encouraged to learn new vocabulary words which help to broaden their knowledge of English vocabulary through derivations.

Year 9

In Year 9 the girls are split into two groups. One continues with Latin, while the other group focuses solely on Classical Civilisation.

Year 9 – Latin

We move on to Book II of the Cambridge Latin Course in Year 9. Having witnessed the devastation caused by Vesuvius at the end of Book 1 we move to Roman Britain where the translations are set to the backdrop of King Cogidubnus and his palatial abode at Fishbourne. New language points are covered which allow the girls to attempt the translation of more complex sentences. Attention is given in particular to the introduction of adjectives and pronouns, and verbs are broken down into their principal parts to ensure a deeper understanding of the syntax.

Year 9 – Classical Civilisation

The course is designed to give the girls a flavour of what to expect from GCSE Classical Civilisation. We look at what it was like to be a Greek living in Athens and Sparta and what their different attitudes were. We then read an abridged version of Homer’s Iliad which gives the girls an insight into the causes of the Trojan War and the memorable characters who part in it on both the Greek and Trojan sides. We then move on to Homer’s Odyssey, which is one of the texts studied at GCSE. The girls learn the basic plot and meet characters such as Calypso, Circe and Polyphemus the Cyclops. 


The Greeks and Romans left behind a wealth of resources for us to explore. At More House we pride ourselves on providing enrichment for the girls across the year groups as they are able to visit some of the ancient world’s most remarkable sites. We run a variety of annual trips including:

Year 8 and 10 trip to the Roman Baths at Bath.

Year 9 trip to the palace at Fishbourne.

Y10-13 trip to Athens, Greece / Sorrento, Italy.

We are also able to visit the British Museum throughout the year. The Y12s are able to study the Parthenon sculptures and the frieze from the temple of Apollo at Bassae, while the Year 11s are able to look at the Greek vases to help them with their controlled assessment.

The Sixth Form attend lectures in Central London, hosted by Sovereign Education, which cover a variety of the topics they study at A Level.

We also take advantage of Greek plays that are put on in London, particularly the ones that Year 13 study, and these are booked up on an ad hoc basis whenever they are available and relevant.