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Latin and Classics thrives at Dartford Grammar School.

Students are introduced to the classical world through Latin. Students can opt for Latin as their European Language in Year 8.

In Year 7, students get a taste for the riches that Latin offers through taking part in Roman Day, Humanities Units on the Trojan War and Ancient Rome, as well as the KS3 Latin and Classics Club, which runs weekly.

Students here understand that Latin is far more than just a language. It is the gateway to a whole new world and civilisation that has had such an important role to play in moulding the very fabric of our culture and society to this very day.

Our students get the opportunity to see the ancient world ‘in the flesh’ with an annual trip to the Bay of Naples organised for Year 9, as well as regular visits to Sicily and Greece.
Keep up to date with daily developments in the department through twitter: @DGSClassics


The Curriculum Overview

Years 8-10, students study Books 1-4 of the Cambridge Latin Course. We use both the course textbooks and the free online website http://www.cambridgescp.com//.
We build students understanding of the language and culture to level where they are able to read ‘proper’ Latin literature, prose and verse.

For GCSE, we use the Eduqas/WJEC exam board. Students take 3 papers:

  • 50%: Language
  • 30%: Literature
  • 20%: Civilisation

For the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Latin is offered at Higher and Standard Level. Students continue reading Latin verse and prose. Higher and Standard Levels continues to develop linguistic fluency and cultural awareness through study of literature. Students also choose a social or historical topic to create a Research Dossier of primary sources, developing skills vital for university study.

  • 45%: Literature paper (Virgil, Horace, Catullus)
  • 35%: Language Paper (Ovid, Cicero)
  • 20%: Internal Assessment: research dossier, civilisation.

Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation is also offered on the International Baccalaureate Diploma, where we study the ancient world (in translation). This combines aspects of literature and historical study. It is a beginner’s course and does not require prior study of Latin or any classical subject.

Areas of study: Homer’s Odyssey; Greek tragedy; Augustan Rome; Roman Architecture.


 Dr Simon Trafford, Head of Classics

Areas of expertise: Greek tragedy; archaic Greek thought; the poetry of Catullus, Virgil and Ovid.


Mr Aziz Beale

Areas of expertise: Augustan Rome; Seneca's letters; War and warfare in the Ancient World; Numismatics.

Mr Matthew Ellard

Areas of expertise: Greek and Roman Music; Plato; Presocratic Philosophy; Ancient Cosmology; Epicureanism.

Ms Arianna Sciuto

Areas of expertise: the poetry of Horace and Virgil; Roman food; Roman magic.