Beaudesert has a flourishing Classics department with an excellent scholarship and Common Entrance record. Above all, Latin is dynamic, fun and modern in its approach whilst still aiming to maintain the highest standards.
Children start Latin in Year 6 and progress through to at least Common Entrance Level 2 by the end of Year 8, with others sitting Level 3 or scholarships. We aim to give all pupils a very solid foundation to continue the subject into their senior schools and it is encouraging that so many pursue the subject to GCSE, A Level, and beyond.
Latin is seen as an essential part of the curriculum which stimulates inquiring minds and fosters and develops skills of analysis and precision. Children loosely follow the Bob Bass course ‘Ab Initio’ which is supplemented with resources from within the department. Alongside the language aspect of the course we study the Ancient World in general and, in particular, a course on Greek mythology for Common Entrance.
There is also the possibility of studying Greek off the timetable and in recent years pupils have performed excellently in scholarship exams in Greek.