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Classical Civilisation Launch

Allerton Grange School is proud to introduce Classical Civilisation for GCSE and A level students. We believe we are the only state funded school in Leeds to offer Classics, as it’s more commonly known; it aims to open up new opportunities for students who have a passion for history.

Classics, often taught in private schools in the UK, is the study of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. It covers the literature, history, philosophy and visual arts of Greece and Rome, giving insight into their social, cultural and political values, as well as their beliefs.

Initial applications from students wishing to join Allerton Grange Sixth Form show significant interest in the course. Year 9 students have until the end of January to submit their ‘free choice’ option for GCSEs.

Back in October, a school in Sheffield hit the headlines after resorting to crowdfunding to prevent Classics being cut from the curriculum. The idea behind the social media campaign was to ensure that the teaching of these subjects does not become “the preserve of the private sector”.

The new course will be offered to Allerton Grange students from September 2018, and has been the result of months of hard work by Miss Williams, Teacher of History, who successfully lobbied senior leaders to introduce the course. After forging links with local universities, sourcing external funding to cover costs, and putting forward a convincing business case, the school is pleased to launch this new curriculum offer, which is in line with its vision of aspirational targets for our students.

Miss Williams, who has a degree in Classical Studies, has already set up an enrichment group, helping to engage and inspire students who show a keen interest in history. She said: “It’s rarely heard of for students who attend state funded education to study classics. When it comes to future opportunities, such as university and employment, having a GCSE or A Level in classics really does impress.”

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