The study of Latin supports the pupils’ study of languages across the board – whether in the form of grammar and understanding of English vocabulary, or in their ability to make connections with the structure and word formation of other European languages.
It also introduces pupils to the incredibly rich world of the Classics, allowing them to develop an understanding of the culture and history of the Greek and Roman worlds and how they have influenced our own lives today. For some it may also be the entry point to studying Greek as well or taking the cultural route of Classical Civilisation or Ancient History at their senior schools. The overall aim for Latin is that pupils are thoroughly prepared at the appropriate level for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations.
In addition, they should be able to access other languages with more confidence, having a strong understanding of grammar and a basis of common vocabulary, but most importantly they should be inspired to follow up the classical world in some way in the future.