Repton has a strong tradition in Classics and the subject continues to thrive here. The Classics department is situated in newly refurbished accommodation in the school’s Furneax Block. All boys and girls study Gratin, Latin or Classical Civilisation in B Block (Year 9) and many take these subjects through to GCSE. In the Sixth Form we offer Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation qualifications, following the OCR specification. Several pupils each year go on to read Classical subjects at leading universities. There are four full-time members of the department plus other staff who assist with the B Block (Year 9) curriculum.  

School trips, both in Britain and abroad, provide pupils with excellent opportunities to bring the ancient world to light by seeing it at first hand. In recent years we have made regular visits to Italy and have also travelled to Greece and Turkey. Closer to home, we attend lecture days all over the country and have viewed a number of theatre productions, including the University College, London production of Trojan Women, the Cambridge Greek Play’s Prometheus and Frogs, Medea at Warwick University and an entertaining Odyssey at Derby Theatre. 

Mr Russell Embery, Head of Classics

Russell Embery studied Classics at Durham before taking a PGCE at Cambridge. He has been Head of Classics since 2009 and has taught at Repton since 1998.