Achievements and aspirations

At the end of 2015 we (again) doubled the number of schools we’ve supported, now over 300, nationwide. Yet we fell short of meeting the demand. In 2016, we want to double again. And the year after. We will do this through more effective work on the ground using local knowledge and networks through our budding regional classics hubs. But we will also need to increase our ranks of supporters to match the increased demand from schools.

Classics for All is working to create a step change in the funding available for classics in UK state schools.  Our long-term vision is to double the number of state schools teaching classics across the UK.  In order to do this we will continue to help develop hubs to support the sustainable development of regional classics teaching. And as schools work with – and then move beyond – our start-up grants, their stories will makes a compelling case for the impact of classics on teaching and learning.

The story so far

Since 2011, the charity has awarded a total of more than £400,000 in grants, benefiting more than 6,000 pupils.

Have a look at what we’ve been getting up to.


Ab initio

We’re established as a charity and we raise £150,000 in our first year.


Alea iacta est

We begin our first grant awards. We award eight grants totalling £93,000 (four school hubs, two universities, one museum and one organisation).


Dona ferentes

We award our second round of grants totalling £65,000 and within the first two years we reach 50 schools.


In medias res

We award our third round of strategic grants of £30,000. By now we are reaching 100 schools.

CfA is also selected to lead a consortium commissioned by the Greater London Authority through its London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) for a £250,000 project to retrain non-classicist teachers in east and north London (2013-15).

We also host several funding events. In June, we host a lecture at Goodenough College in London by Dr Paul Roberts, curator of the British Museum’s ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ exhibition

In October, we host a ‘Classics in the City’ event at the Honourable Artillery Company.


Ius et potestas

Our fourth round of grants totalling £130,000 increases our reach to 200 schools.

We also host several funding events. In March, we organise a concert with world-renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum at Middle Temple Hall.

In September we organised a City group event at London’s Living Room, City Hall, hosted by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson


Ad astra

Our fifth round of grants totalling £150,000 increases our reach to 300 schools. We also begin developing the Regional Classics Hubs.

We host several funding events.

In March, we launch an event at Two Temple Place for our new Lawyers Group, hosted by Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, followed by events at the House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court.

In April, we host a lecture at Goodenough College in central London by Dr Ian Jenkins, curator of the British Museum’s ‘Defining Beauty’ exhibition.