10 years of Classics at Alexandra Park School

Enthusiasm, hard work and taking as much help as you can get from Classics for All!  The key ingredients to a successful Classics Department at Alexandra Park School!

Classics is thriving at Alexandra Park School, since it was established over ten years ago. It starts at Key Stage 3, where around 30 students arrive an hour before school once a week for Latin Club. This follows the Cambridge Latin Course to around Stage 17. The Year 9 students then sit the WJEC Level 1 exam. Most students achieve A or A*. This summer we have our first full GCSE Latin student.

At GCSE we have 50 students studying the OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE. This is currently studied at after school sessions. This has been a very popular course, partly due, no doubt, to the annual Pompeii/Naples trip, that has seen our students enjoying 3 days of pizzas, ruins and the beach!

At Sixth Form, we have nearly 50 students studying the OCR Classical Civilisation A Level. This is a very popular course and has achieved some of the school’s best A Level results. Many of our students opt to read Classics at University and we currently have two students at Oxbridge, with a third hoping to secure a place this summer. Students are taken to The British Museum, we have invited in speakers and even filmed a version of The Antigone. Last year we teamed up with another local comprehensive and took a trip to Athens.

What’s made it work? Enthusiasm, hard work and taking as much help as we can get from organisations like Classics for All!

Crispin Bonham-Carter

Head of Classics at Alexandra Park School