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Mrs S Rohrer – Joint Head of Department

Mr P Fentem – Joint Head of Department

Miss H Hoath

The Classics department at Merchant Taylors’ has a history of excellence, and we are proud of the fact that we are one of the few schools in Merseyside still offering the full range of Classical subjects: Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilisation. We believe in the fundamental importance of providing pupils with a traditional Classical education and we feel that it provides a solid foundation for further studies, whatever they may be.

The unchanging structure of a classical language assists students in studying and comparing modern languages, and a knowledge of Latin is an excellent basis upon which to learn other languages. Latin is a very exact and methodical language, and its study allows students to hone transferable analytical and problem-solving skills. We try to keep teaching styles varied to appeal to different learning styles; methods are generally innovative and forward-thinking, although there is still much emphasis on the importance of learning essential grammar rigorously.

The department is keen to encourage pupils to see the importance of the study of the past as a means for understanding the present, and to this end we run regular Classics trips abroad.