Latin Department

 Latin and Classics are taught at St John’s from Year 5. Boys are first introduced to basic grammatical concepts in English and Latin before embarking on the Common Entrance syllabus, for which the department has created its own in-house Latin Workbooks.

The study of Latin is valuable for the many connections it forges with modern languages, and for the transferable skills of textual analysis that an understanding of grammar and syntax develops. As part of the syllabus the boys also learn about aspects of Roman life and history and are introduced to some key stories in Greek mythology. Connections are made between these topics and subsequent European history and culture.