Classics For All raises funds to enable schools, many in areas of high deprivation, to study Latin, ancient history, classical civilisation and ancient Greek. We offer funding to both primary and secondary schools, often to launch classics for the first time.
Since its first grant awards in 2011, the charity has awarded a total of more than £450,000 in grants, reaching nearly 300 schools and benefiting more than 6,000 pupils.
In 2016 we aim to give out £300,000 to schools and other classics hubs.
Pupils cover the full ability range, and our funded schools are nationwide, primary as well as secondary. Teachers consistently report results of ‘improved literacy levels and enthusiasm for languages, culture and history’. By putting our funds into training teachers within schools, our ‘startup’ grants help schools and teachers to establish classics projects that are sustainable.
‘What I hadn’t expected when I started teaching Latin classes here was the students’ sheer joy of learning Latin for its intrinsic beauty and the excitement of etymology! Students actually love declining and conjugating. They see a beauty in the language of ancient poets and warriors. We have now gone beyond the language of cultural empowerment and put quite simply by the students… “It’s beautiful” (Mariah) “I just love it. It’s just fun” (Mohammed).’ Nicola Neto, teacher at Sidney Stringer Academy, Coventry.
‘Ancient Greek is not a subject that you find in the curriculum and that’s why I was intrigued to find out more. In the first few weeks, I learned word like “philos” and “sofia” and realised that many of the words we speak in English are related to ancient Greek. I feel that learning Greek definitely helps me with my other subjects.’ Yasmin Soliman, pupil at Burntwood School, London.
‘The teaching of Latin in the school is greatly benefiting pupils’ understanding of English grammar and, in 2013, Year 6 pupils achieved well above the national average on the grammar, spelling and punctuation test.’ 2014 Ofsted Inspection Report supplied by Jack O’Neill, headteacher at St Vincent de Paul Primary School, London.
‘I love the variety of subjects that you get to study within classics: history, anthropology, literature… It’s such a timeless subject with relevance to modern-day life.’ Sophia Akhtar, pupil at Stoke Newington College, London.
‘The grant from Classics for All has enabled us to start a classics club in school for 16 of our 12-13 year olds. The club is entirely voluntary, and the enthusiasm and interest shown by the students who have joined is very evident. The class is currently oversubscribed with a waiting list, demonstrating the interest and modern relevance it has for students at the school.
‘The study of classics has previously been accessible only to the privileged few and the grant therefore has brought the joys of learning about the ancient world to a new, and very keen, young audience.’ Deborah Hughes, deputy vice principal at Greig City Academy, London.