What is Classics?
Classics is the study of the language, culture and history of
the Greek and Roman civilisations. At Bolton, all pupils study Latin in Years 7 and 8, and either Latin or Classical Civilisation in Year
9. All three Classical Subjects are options at GCSE and A
Standards are high, with students routinely achieving full marks
in public examination modules; in 2005, one A Level candidate was
congratulated by the examination board for achieving one of the top
five results in the country in both Latin and Greek. Many of our
pupils continue to Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious
universities to read classical subjects.
Classics outside the classroom
Lower School pupils can enjoy finding out more about the ancient
world in the Joint Classics Club, run in tandem with the Girls'
Division, while members of the Upper School attend talks on
classical subjects given by their peers. There is a regular
trips and visits to classical sites and plays, the highlight of
which is the biennial trip to Pompeii and the Bay of Naples. Bolton
School Classicists compete in local and national competitions,
including the Jowett-Sendlar essay competition and the regional CA
reading competition; the boys have enjoyed remarkable successes in
both these competitions in recent years. Click
here to read about their most recent exertions.
Head of Department:
J E Reeson, BA, MSt, PhD
Members of the Department:
A E Jackson, BA
E D Watts, BA
K S Wrathmell, BA, MA