The public examination results in Classics were very good indeed – 2013-14 proved to be a veritable annus mirabilis with the department’s best results for 20 years at A2: 100% A*/B grades in Latin and Greek with Ed Blogg, Ed Bolton and Lydia Evans all achieving A*s in Latin and 92% A*/B grades in Classical Civilisation. Scholars also performed impressively at both AS and GCSE level.

A new academic year is upon us with new challenges and opportunities. The highlight will be the department’s trip to Sicily in March 2015, details of which will be posted on the website very shortly. 33 scholars have signed up for what, I am sure, will be a memorable tour. We have the Cheltenham Literary Festival to look forward to with both Mary Beard (Roman Laughter) and Michael Scott (Delphi) appearing as well as visits to DCS by a raft of eminent Classicists including Robert Parker on Homer’s gods and Ray Laurence on Pompeii. The Wilson Challenge will return in February as will our Latin Set Texts morning. And there are even more Classical opportunities including reading competitions, the 6th Form symposium and the publication of volume 2 of the school’s own Classics magazine, Helicon.