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.
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.
The study of Latin has many benefits for pupils: