The Classics Department at Tavistock and Summerhill aims to allow pupils to enjoy the myths and legends of the classical world and to understand the way in which they form part of our heritage and culture. Together with stories from the early history of Rome and the Roman way of life, they form the basis for the non-linguistic section of the Common Entrance examination.
In addition, the Latin language is studied from Year 5. This begins with Minimus, a superb book through which pupils are introduced to the language with a small amount of grammar. In Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils progress to learning the grammar necessary for Common Entrance.
Latin is seen as a way to help pupils improve their English vocabulary and grammar. It also forms an excellent basis for the study of many European languages as well as encouraging logical thought!