Latin is an important part of the pupils’ education at Spratton Hall. Pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 study Latin language and Classical Civilisation, following the Common Entrance syllabus.
The majority of Spratton pupils are entered for the Common Entrance Level 1 paper. However every year, a few of the more able pupils attempt Levels 2 or 3 or even Scholarship. We encourage and support each pupil in their choice and are pleased that so many are not only successful in their exams, but elect to continue the subject at their senior school.
Quite apart from examinations, broad educational benefit is derived from the study of Latin. It provides a framework in which the grammar of any language, including English, is better understood. It improves knowledge of English vocabulary and facilitates the study of other European languages.
In Classical Civilisation, we explore the Roman roots of modern European society, a heritage Britain shares. This cultivates an appreciation for Western traditions in Art, Architecture, Literature and Law. These links are emphasised as we study the language.
Finally, one great benefit of the study of Latin at Spratton Hall is that it provides a chance for every pupil, regardless of ability, to have a positive experience and sense of achievement in an allegedly difficult subject. Personal experience confirms that many children, even those with various ‘language problems’, enjoy Latin and can do very well. Those with high ability are stretched. All join their next school with a solid background in Latin language and Classical studies, which will enhance their lives and their learning for years to come.