Gina Johnson and High Storrs students on a recent trip

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Excessive Storrs Faculty

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Excessive Storrs Classical Civilisation college students on a discipline journey with instructor Gina Johnson

Famend Classics scholar Mary Beard has backed a state college’s efforts to lift £100,000 in a bid for it to proceed educating Latin and Classics.

Excessive Storrs Faculty in Sheffield stated operating programs for the small lessons is “now not financially viable”.

The group funding marketing campaign has already raised greater than £5,000.

Prof Beard, professor of Classics at Cambridge College, stated: “I’m proper behind any efforts to maintain classical topics in faculties.”

Excessive Storrs is regarded as the one state college in Sheffield nonetheless providing Classics and Latin as topics, though class sizes are small.

Trainer Gina Johnson stated she launched the attraction after studying the varsity couldn’t fund a GCSE Latin class because of begin subsequent September regardless of 16 pupils enrolling for the topic.

She stated reaching the entire would imply the varsity may subsidise lessons for a few decade.

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Professor Mary Beard is credited with popularising classical historical past via her many TV programmes and books

“I went away feeling fairly determined and thought that what we actually wanted was a pot of cash that we may draw on to subsidise small teams in class,” Ms Johnson stated.

“Studying Latin results in studying in regards to the Romans and I don’t assume anyone would argue that the Romans weren’t one of the influential societies on this planet.”

Head instructor Claire Tasker stated: “For a GCSE topic to run they must have sufficient college students within the class.

“We’ve curiosity in Classics and Latin however generally not sufficient to make a bunch viable.”


  • Sometimes, each GCSE and A Stage syllabuses cowl Greek and/or Roman civilisations
  • College students could examine Greek or Roman historical past, literature and visible arts or a broader introduction to achievements of the classical world
  • Some examination boards additionally cowl the archaeology, structure, politics and philosophy
  • Elements of classical civilisation vital in trendy world improvement also can characteristic
  • Major classical sources – translations or bodily proof – are used to study Greek/Roman society and values

Supply: OCR and AQA examination boards