For some years now the school has been offering Latin as an interesting and challenging after-school activity to some students at the end of year 7. Those who wish to be involved embark on a three-year course, sitting the GCSE Latin examination at the end of year 10.
The GCSE examination itself has three components: language, literature and Roman civilisation. Students study the ancient language, read the writings of Roman authors, and learn about Roman civilisation and how our culture has evolved from it. Analytical and independent learning skills are developed and the students improve their knowledge and understanding of how languages work. The course includes a range of activities such as translation, art work, an excursion to Cambridge, and Roman parties at which togas are worn. Textbooks are provided and the students work with material from a number of sources.