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Classics

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 (under the auspices of 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, Religious Studies and Film Studies.

Students study Homer’s Epic the Odyssey and Virgil’s Roman Epic the Aeneid. They study Greek Theatre including three plays (two tragedies and a comedy) or they might opt for Greek Art. They also choose between Greek Religion or Greek Democracy.

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 are the Classics tours to Greece, (or Italy, Sicily or Turkey.) We visit sites and museums to bring the subject to life.

Classics students may move onto Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Archaeology courses at university and a good Classics A Level is useful preparation for admission to Arts and Humanities courses at any university.

Meet the Teachers

Mr James Bamforth - Head of Classics, Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of History

MA and PGCE, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge