Latin Spelling Bee in Essex

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Classics and Latin started in the form of an enrichment lesson after school at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred. However, it was clear that the Principal at the school was keen to introduce Latin on the curriculum and, having met the requirements needed for this, a year later Latin/Classics was offered not only to Harris Academy Chafford Secondary as a mainstream subject, but also to the two main primary school feeders from Year 5 and 6 (180 students). The intake of students at the secondary school for studying Latin/Classics has tripled in a year with the first GCSE results predicted to be all A*s, an outstanding achievement.  As a result of this rapid expansion Harris Chafford Hundred intends to employ a second Latin teacher.  The series of events such as the Annual Spelling Bee, various workshops on mosaics, posters, and clay, and other initiatives organised by the school are truly inspiring and the school endeavours to become a role model for other state schools that are considering the introduction of Classics.

Next year 3 secondary Harris Academies around the area will be offering Latin/Classics for GCSE (Harris Rainham, Harris Riverside and Harris Chafford Hundred) and 2 primaries (Harris Mayflower Free School and Harris Chafford) for Years 4-6.

Our intention to provide students with as many learning opportunities as possible led to the decision to create a pilot class for Ancient History at A Level for a small cohort of students.

We are pleased to see how enthusiastic the students clearly are to learn about the Ancient World and are looking forward to seeing how the subjects develop over the coming years.

2nd Annual Latin Spelling Bee

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred with the valuable support of ‘Classics for all’, Warwick University and the Classical Association organised and hosted this incredible event for 11 UK schools. All schools embraced and welcomed this initiative by bringing along their students and showing them the importance of Latin and Classics. Exceptional enthusiasm was displayed by all students; it was truly inspiring and I felt really privileged to be part of it. This event not only became the stepping stone for establishing sound foundations for Classics but it was also an acknowledgment of the students’ effort. All the hard work by the students paid off, as they received many prizes and certificates signed by Dr Michael Scott. I would like to thank all the schools and teachers that contributed to the success of this special event and I am looking forward to seeing more schools next year.

Pantelis Iakovou, Classics Teacher