Head of Department - Miss E P Sage
Classics is the study of the Greeks and the Romans and anything to do with them, including their languages, Classical Greek and Latin.
Many schools are not able to offer these subjects, owing to a scarily growing shortage of Classics teachers. At HCS we are lucky enough to have three... Miss Sage and Mrs de Souza, who devote their waking hours entirely to the Department, supported by our exciting new Deputy Head, Mr. Stanley, who has come hot from a post as Head of Classics at Manchester Grammar School.
How to bluff your way in the Ancient World
You will take a taster course in Classics: learning the 'basics' of the Latin language, finding out who the 'Ancients' were, the secrets of the Greek alphabet and why Oedipus killed his father and married his mother (it was an accident, obviously...).
How to impress your friends and double your vocabulary overnight
You continue with your Classical education and meet Caecilius and his family (and the dog!) in Book one of the CLC; learning also how to make unbelievably posh (English) words from the tiny nuts and bolts of a dead language. At the end of which, about a third of you (24 in the current Y11, 25 in Y10) opt to take....
How to impress your grandad and read poetry so outrageous it was banished to the Black Sea.
A two year crash course in a language so complex it's more like Chemistry. The good news is, that once you've mastered it, you might as well go on to A Level!
AS/ A2 Latin: How to take a well earned rest and impress Admissions Tutors. Really. There’s no more grammar to learn, just a wider vocabulary and more literature – lawyers accusing young men of sleeping with their sisters and girls attacking their fathers with scissors because they want their hair for their boyfriends.
GCSE Greek: The ultimate privilege. Can you believe that each year now only around 2000 candidates in the country enter for this exam? And you can take it from scratch up to GCSE over two years in the sixth form. If you think Latin makes your English sound intellectual, try Greek and baffle the doctor.
And if that’s not enough…
AS/A2 Classical Civilization. How to blow your mind and answer more questions on University Challenge. All the stories and gossip from Ancient Greece and Rome, but in English, so you can read fifty times as much! More details in the sixth form prospectus.
For other opportunities to find out about the Classics, turn to our NEWS page and join us at one of the exciting forthcoming events. Our next play is 'Frogs' which will take place 5th - 7th July - click on our Classics Microsite for more information. All welcome.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about any of the courses, please email Miss Sage on