Regional Hubs

Brighton and the South East Coast

Brighton and South East Coast Classics Network

Patcham School, under the leadership of English teacher Rowlie Darby, was one of the first schools to set up a classics network in 2014, working with Classice for All  to introduce classics in state schools in the Brighton area.

The network offers free Continuing Professional Development for serving classics teachers, as well as support and advice for non-specialist in primary or secondary schools interested in starting classics from scratch or off the curriculum. Since its launch, among other achievements, the network has:

  • supported the introduction of classics up to GCSE level in Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman and Patcham Schools.
  • supported the Causeway Community College to start teaching Latin to pupils at Key Stage 3.
  • set up a raft of enrichment activities including residential trips to Rome, Pompeii and Greece.
  • launched a new teacher training course at the University of Sussex, to address the acute shortage of classics teachers. Since 2014, 68 classicists have completed the course and many have gone on to teach classics at schools supported by Classics for All.

In 2020, the Network aims to introduce classics in three new primary schools and two secondary schools and to set up regular teach-meets to encourage local schools to share their knowledge and expertise.

If you are interested in joining the Network or learning more about the free support on offer, we would love to hear from you.  For further information, please contact Network Co-ordinator Rowlie Darby:

We invite individual or corporate sponsorship of our regional networks. If you would like to find out more, please contact Sacha: or 07854 634 861.


Lead Contact:

Rowlie Darby – Network Co-ordinator