Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

– Socrates

Aims of the Classics Department: to instil the inherent interest and excitement of the ancient world and its powerful influence on modern languages, culture and thought.

At Orley Farm School, Latin is far from a dead language but a flourishing and vibrant subject that is popular with the students. As stated in our aims, the Classics department encourages students to explore the culture that has influenced our society and investigate the many wonders of the classical world, both linguistically and historically.

The department prides itself on the excellent standards students reach in all areas of the subject, both inside and outside the classroom. With the study of Latin, Ancient Greek and Ancient History through traditional and more modern methods of learning, we feel that the students value the subject beyond exams; they leave Orley Farm not only with an appreciation for how language works, but also a hunger to learn more about where we come from.


Evgenia De Freitas

Head of Classics