The Classics Department at Fettes College is a dynamic and exciting place to study the ancient world. At Fettes we strive to maintain high standards but also make the teaching of Latin, Classical Civilisation and Greek exciting and fun. The department is popular at the College, largely due to the range of subjects and topics taught and the high quality of teaching on offer.

Bringing Classics to life

Classics is the oldest subject to have been taught at Fettes College since 1870 and it is definitely the one that has changed the most. Subjects are brought to life through innovative teaching, and a range of activities in class (including dramatic performances and vocabulary games), as well as through student presentations and external competitions.

Academic success

The department has been very successful in preparing candidates for Oxford and Cambridge and we are really pleased with our results at GCSE, A Level and IB for Latin, Classical Greek and Classical Civilisation.

Trips abroad

One of the biggest strengths of the Department is our trips’ record. Every other year, we offer a residential trip for a week to all students studying Classics to Greece, Italy, Sicily or Turkey, where pupils are able to experience the ancient world first hand. We are also keen to visit any local exhibitions and drama productions taking place near Edinburgh to further enhance the students’ understanding of aspects of ancient civilisations. Sixth form pupils are also given the opportunity to go to London and Newcastle on Classics study days.

Visiting lecturers

Life is never boring in the Classics Department; it boasts a society which has several visiting lecturers from universities across the UK who come to give talks and lead discussions about recent scholarship and issues regarding key aspects of Classics. These are well attended and pupils often learn a great deal which they are able to use within their lessons.

Passionate staff

There are four members of staff at Fettes, all absolutely passionate about the subject. We have different interests across the Classics, and as a result there is vast expertise to draw from. Pupils who embark on individual research are expertly guided to produce work of exceptional standards.

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