We value the importance of classical subjects at The Maynard, and adopt a lively and colourful approach to our teaching without sacrificing any of the rigour. We offer students the opportunity to gain an understanding and appreciation of western culture from their study of the ancient world, and to witness the legacy of their classical heritage.

Each year, students enjoy trips to the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum as well as Roman sites in Britain and performances of Greek plays to complement their studies in the classroom. We also organise visits to the major Classical sites in Italy and Greece, most recently enjoying a Classics tour of Rome and the Bay of Naples. The department also hosts an annual Roman Banquet, with girls dressing in character, and preparing a range of typical Roman dishes.

All senior school students study Latin for three years, from Upper 3 (Year 7) to Upper 4 (Year 9), covering the basic and intermediate elements of the language. The study of Latin is an important foundation for the understanding of grammatical structure, and an invaluable support for the learning of both Modern Foreign Languages and English. Latin also develops logical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.

Classical Greek is also offered at Upper 4 (Year 9) to students who wish to study it as an optional extra. The culture and history of the classical world is studied in conjunction with each language.


Both Latin and Classical Greek are offered at GCSE standard, with both subjects having a strong interest from students, many of whom continue their studies to A-Level. With so very much to offer, exploration of the classical world through these courses provides opportunities for students to develop intellectual rigour along with an understanding and appreciation of other times and cultures.