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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

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 Storrs3 months ago
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    High Storrs

    3 months 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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    8 months ago
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  • High Storrs8 months ago
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    High Storrs

    8 months ago

    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: 7/20/2018 10:11 AM



  • Barbara Tomasella

    Barbara Tomasella

    Jul 20, 2018

    My daughter joins HS this September, I am delighted she can still learn about ancient classics: this age-long wisdom is priceless, it will accompany her throughout her life #saveclassics


  • Anonymous


    Jun 10, 2018

    Good luck!


  • Mandy Riley

    Mandy Riley

    Jun 6, 2018

    Although it fills me with sadness that if comes to this. Good luck with your endeavour. My son very much benefitted from studying Classics for GCSE and is hoping to continue through to A level.


  • Daniel Eastment

    Daniel Eastment

    Jun 4, 2018


  • Emily Staniforth

    Emily Staniforth

    May 1, 2018

    I took Classics at GCSE and A Level at High Storrs. It was a fantastic experience and it saddens me that other people may not get the experience. I hope you are still able to provide this opportunity!


  • Justin Donn

    Justin Donn

    Apr 27, 2018

    Mr Nicolls and Mr Smith managed to drum into me enough about Latin that I amazingly managed an A at O level!Latin really gives a great discipline for any direction you take - I become an Actuary.


  • Rose Reeve

    Rose Reeve

    Apr 26, 2018

    This is for my granddaughter, who wants to study this subject. My hope that you reach your target is tempered by my anger that this fundraising is necessary at all.


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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.

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