We aim to take the boys back in time to the Ancient World, and especially the Romans and their Empire.

The principal aim of the department is to prepare the boys for either the Common Entrance or the Scholarship Latin Paper - most of the senior schools still very much welcome candidates who are able to offer Latin. As part of this process the department hopes to:

  • Emphasise the impact the Roman legacy has had on the development of Western Europe and hence the Modern World
  • Introduce the Latin language in a way that makes it relevant to a wider curriculum
  • Teach boys how to read and write Latin so as to bring this ancient language to life
  • Help develop the boys’ problem-solving skills
  • Ensure that the boys have fun studying this vibrant subject

Latin is introduced to the boys in Year 5; however, some of the boys have the option to study Spanish instead.

Gilbert Watson
Head of Classics

Head of Department Profile

Gilbert Watson
Head of Classics

I graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor with a BEd in Primary Education and PE in 1999, before taking up my first post as Head of PE and Housemaster at a prep school in Kenya.

In the years since, I have worked in a number of roles in prep schools but have always taught Latin alongside my other responsibilities. It is a subject which brought me a great deal of enjoyment during my own school years and the responsibility for ensuring that new generations can share this enjoyment is a challenge I continue to relish.

Outside the classroom, I like to get involved in many aspects of school life, particularly on the sports field and participating in any kind of outdoor activities.

Much of my time away from school is spent enjoying the company of my two children and our Labrador but, given half a chance, I am just as likely to be found out riding my bike!