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Weʼre raising £100,000 to enable our students to have continuing access to Latin and Classical Civilisation qualifications despite government cuts to school funding

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Sheffield, United Kingdom

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We are the Classics Department at High Storrs School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, an 11-18 state comprehensive school with a diverse student body. Classical Civilisation and Latin have been part of our curriculum offer for many years – a tradition of which we are very proud, being, as far as we are aware, the only state school in Sheffield to make such an offer. All our Year 8 students get the chance to study our subjects before making options choices for GCSE and A level.

So what is Classics and why do we offer it as a subject? Classics is for everyone. It is the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans and is hugely varied including, as it does, literature, art, society and culture and their lasting influence. It also forms the building blocks of many other modern cultures and languages. At High Storrs, we want to be able to introduce pupils to a wide variety of learning, enabling them to access subjects they might not otherwise get the chance to pursue.

Unfortunately, constraints on the curriculum introduced by government in recent years have led to fewer students being able to choose Classical subjects, particularly at GCSE, despite many wishing to do so. Cuts to school funding across the country mean that our school can no longer afford to fund smaller groups of students such as we currently attract. For example, we had sixteen students wanting to study Latin in 2018/19 but GCSE groups across the school now typically have to contain thirty students or more because smaller groups are no longer financially viable. We need to access external funding in order to subsidise classes. Without this funding Classics at High Storrs may cease to be an option. Broadly speaking, we could say that every £5,000 or so that we manage to raise will enable a smaller group to run. These figures are based on how much our exam courses cost to run.

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    Thank-you to everyone who has donated and supported us. Our story was featured in The Yorkshire Post and The Times on Saturday 9th December. Head of Classics, Miss Johnson, was also on Radio 4 talking about why our pupils want to keep Classics and Latin. Our story was also featured on BBC Look North on Thursday (14th Dec) night. We are so pleased and encouraged by all the wonderful support and interest our story has generated. Let’s keep Classics and Latin alive at High Storrs for future generations!

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Page last updated on: 3/19/2018 10:47 AM

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160

  • Andrew

    Andrew

    Mar 19, 2018

    This is a great initiative, Gina, and I wish you every success.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 15, 2018

    Former student (although admittedly not of classics....) and so very pleased to be able to help this cause

    £50.00

  • Helen Woods

    Helen Woods

    Feb 27, 2018

    Every school should have a Classics department, access to humanities knowledge is essential. Good luck with your campaign.

  • John Hall

    John Hall

    Feb 27, 2018

    £10.00

  • The Jenkinsons

    The Jenkinsons

    Feb 26, 2018

    Very worth while keeping Classics

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 26, 2018

    I was at High Storrs Grammar School from 1961-68 and studied Classics. I then read Classics at Cambridge and eventually became a circuit judge and was awarded a CBE - many thanks to the school.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 10, 2018

    What a worthy cause! Keep going.

    £10.00

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High Storrs

High Storrs

Sheffield, United Kingdom

We are the Classics Department at High Storrs School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, an 11-18 state comprehensive school with a diverse student body.

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