Network Co-ordinator: Roland Darby, rdarby@patchamhigh.org.uk

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Brighton pupils

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 Classics for All to introduce classics in state schools in the Brighton area. 

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

  • set up Latin to GCSE in four Brighton and state- maintained secondary schools and one sixth form college.
  • provided ongoing support to schools in the South East teaching Latin GCSE and other classical subjects – ancient history, classical civilisation and classical Greek.
  • launched a new teacher training course at the University of Sussex, to address the acute shortage of classics teachers. 68 classicists have completed the course and many have gone on to teach classics at schools supported by Classics for All.

In 2020-21 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.  

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