The Classics Department at Pangbourne aims to develop students' critical thinking and evaluative skills in dealing with literature, history and art.

The subject, which is only offered at A Level (following the OCR board) to Sixth Form students, helps pupils acquire knowledge and understanding of the Greek and Roman civilisations. They are then challenged to analyse how the Greek and Roman civilisations' spiritual, cultural and moral values compare with those of the modern world.

Classics combines well with any Arts or Humanities subject, particularly English, Art, History, Theatre Studies, RS and Film Studies.

Students study Ancient Sparta and four Greek tragedies – by Aeschylus, Sophocles and two by Euripides – at AS Level and go on to study Virgil's The Aeneid and the development of Greek painting, sculpture, architecture and temple decoration at A2 Level.

Outside the classroom, the Classics Department arranges trips to see modern productions of classical plays, attends Sixth Form conferences and seeks out relevant exhibitions at both the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

One of the highlights of the Classics programme at Pangbourne is the annual trip to Greece, Italy or Turkey for a study tour of the sites and museums which bring the subject to life.

Classics students can go on to Classical Studies and Architecture courses at university and a good Classics A Level is useful for undertaking Arts and Humanities courses at university.

The Department
Mr James Bamforth Head of Classics
MA and PGCE, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge