At Eltham College, we aim to provide all students with a basic education in Latin and Classics, whether they choose to continue with the subject to GCSE and beyond or not. By studying Latin, students learn about how languages develop, exploring relationships between this ancient language and many modern languages. We also study the history of the Classical world through ancient literature, art and archaeology


All students start Latin as a compulsory subject with the option to continue at the end of Years 7, 9 and 11. Lessons are varied; from basic grammar and vocabulary, to discussions about Vesuvius, Roman Britain and The Trojan War.

Year 7

Students are introduced to Latin sentence structure and basic grammar. The stories are set in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.

Year 8

Students continue with Latin grammar and vocabulary, alongside developing an understanding of Roman Britain and Celtic religion.

Year 9

Students who opt to continue with Latin develop their grammar and vocabulary with more complex translations and comprehensions. We also begin to discuss The Trojan War and classical mythology.


At GCSE, we follow the OCR curriculum alongside John Taylor’s new ‘Latin to GCSE’ course. Students are examined on language (translation and comprehension) and literature (a variety of prose and verse authors).


Trips, activities and clubs

The Classics Department recognises the importance of seeing Classics ‘in action’, whether that be by visiting museums and galleries to discuss and handle ancient artefacts or taking trips to ancient sites such as Bath, Hadrian’s Wall, Rome and Pompeii.

Recent and future trips include:

  • The National Gallery and Museum of London with Year 7
  • The Roman Galleries at the British Museum with Year 8
  • Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda with Year 8
  • Cambridge Greek Play with Years 11 and 12
  • Rome and Pompeii with Years 10 and 11
  • The Cambridge Classics Faculty with Years 10, 11 and 12

 We also offer Ancient Greek for Beginners as an optional club.


  • Dr E Michalopoulou BA, MA, PhD (Head of Classics)
  • Mr J Barnes MA
  • Ms M Cogni