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High Storrs

High Storrs is crowdfunding

£8,075raised of £100,000 target by 185 supporters

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

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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  • High Storrs6 months ago
    High Storrs

    High Storrs

    6 months ago

    We would like to let our many wonderful supporters know that we will be drawing on the funds we’ve raised so far for the first time in September to enable five delightful sixth form students to take AS level Latin next year. This would not have been possible without your generous donations and we are very grateful. Our current total is £31,455.99.

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  • High Storrs11 months ago
    High Storrs

    High Storrs

    11 months ago

    Following further fundraising efforts in school, including our recent Grand Save Classics Raffle, we are delighted to inform our supporters that our current total is £31, 068. Many thanks to all those who offered prizes or bought tickets for the raffle. Our next fundraiser is at the school Christmas Fayre on 8th December. Follow the link below to watch our film about Save Classics kindly made by High Storrs alumnus and well-known broadcaster, Paul Heiney.

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  • High Storrs1 year ago
    High Storrs

    High Storrs

    1 year ago

    As well as our Just Giving page, additional fundraising at school and supporters, particularly High Storrs alumni, who have sent donations have taken our total to £24,500. Fantastic! We have a gig in school tomorrow night (May 24th) when local folk musician and renowned guitarist, Martin Simpson, and some of his friends are performing in aid of our fund. Tickets are still available (see our school website for details) but are going fast and the proceeds will give a massive boost to the money raised so far. We look forward to a great night!

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2 years ago

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Page last updated on: 7/19/2019 11.12



  • John Wade

    John Wade

    Jul 19, 2019

    Carry on the good work, Gina! Good luck.


  • Anna Williamson

    Anna Williamson

    Jun 6, 2019

    Thank you Miss Johnson for two great years of classics. I have thoroughly enjoyed the subject and am very grateful for all your help. Thank you Anna Williamson


  • Laura Alsop

    Laura Alsop

    May 25, 2019


  • Richard Dewire

    Richard Dewire

    May 14, 2019

    I loved Classics at school, hope we keep this going for as long as possible.


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    Mar 30, 2019


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    Mar 26, 2019

    I hope you manage to hit your target, best wishes, Craig

  • John Taylor

    John Taylor

    Mar 23, 2019

    All best wishes


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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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