Cambridge Classics Network
The Cambridge Classics Network aims to support state primary and secondary schools in the Cambridge area to introduce classics to the school curriculum. The Network continues to work in partnership with the University of Cambridge’s classics outreach programme and The Leys School, an independent school committed to promoting and supporting the teaching of classical subjects in state schools in the region.
In 2018-19, supported by a grant from John Coates Charitable Trust, the Network reached eight schools in Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, five primary schools and three secondary schools. Highlights included:
- the expansion of classics teaching at Parkside School where 42 pupils in Year 7 now study Latin and 23 pupils now study ancient Greek.
- the introduction of ancient Greek at St Matthew’s and Newnham Croft Primary Schools.
- the launch of classics on the curriculum at St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.
- the launch of an ancient Greek club at Chesterton Community College. The Head of Classics is also keen to extend classics provision and hopes to offer classical civilisation GCSE in the near future.
- St Peter’s Church of England Junior School, a primary school with high levels of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding, recently decided to introduce Latin as its main foreign language. Ten teachers will be trained to deliver the primary Latin course, Minimus, reaching 245 pupils.
Priorities for 2019-20 include:
- introducing Latin and/or ancient Greek to 3 new state primary schools.
- introducing Latin, Classical Civilisation or ancient Greek to 3 new state secondary schools at Key Stage 3 and 4.
- organising a primary school event with local partners (Classical Association/Museum Outreach/Faculty Outreach/CSCP).
- organising teach-meets at local secondary schools inviting for local teachers and partners including the Classical Association, CSCP and Museum outreach.
Classics for All is very grateful for the grant of £3,000 provided by John Coates Charitable Trust in July 2018 for work with schools in Cambridgeshire.