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Classics is the study of the language, literature, history and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The Classics Department in the Academy has a long and proud tradition, dating back to the foundation of the school in 1785, and is one of the few remaining such departments in Northern Ireland’s grammar schools.



Miss E Wallace


Miss R Wallace


Miss K Williams


Mrs M Wilson


Our core subject is Latin which is taught from Form 1 upwards to GCSE, AS and A2 levels.

In Forms 1, 2 and 3 Latin we follow the Cambridge Latin Course. At GCSE, AS and A2 levels we follow the courses set by OCR and WJEC Examinations.

Classical Greek is taught on a voluntary basis outside the timetable to interested pupils in Forms 1 to Middle 6 in a lunchtime club.

Many of our pupils who pursue Latin to A2 level take up related courses at university ranging from full Classics to Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Archaeology.

Benefits of Latin

The study of Latin has many benefits for pupils:

  • it enhances their command of language by requiring them to pay close attention to the relationships between concepts and the words and structures used to express them
  • it increases their understanding of English and of language in general
  • it helps them develop their powers of observation, abstraction and analysis of information, judgement and communication
  • it helps them develop tolerant but not uncritical attitudes towards customs and practices unlike their own
  • it helps them develop a European awareness through an understanding of their culture and linguistic heritage
  • it helps them develop an open and sympathetic attitude towards the past and the unfamiliar
  • it helps them develop a critical and reflective understanding of the world in which they live
  • it helps them kindle their imagination through contact with the Classical world and stimulate a personal response
  • it introduces them to significant aspects of the historical, political and philosophical thought of the Classical period
  • it introduces them to a selection of the major achievements of the Romans (and Greeks) in such fields as literature, art, architecture, science, medicine, technology and law.

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