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Classics

Acropolis in Athens

The Department offers a colourful and vigorous experience of the classical world, its languages and its literature (including in translation).

We hope that your son will develop his awareness of the influence of the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome on our world today. More generally, pupils will gain a sensitivity to societies whose spiritual and moral values and priorities contrast with those of the modern western world.

In addition, we aim to encourage pupils to respond searchingly and personally to what they read; to think independently and analytically; to apply their evaluative skills to classical material; to express themselves with clarity and accuracy.

Small numbers in most of the sets allow there to be a really personal touch about Classics lessons, enabling each boy to flourish at his respective level.

Academic News

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Image of Sixth Form students at Merchiston Castle School setting up outdoor lunch during an expedition to Costa Rica

An incredible account of the Half Term multi-disciplinary expedition to Costa Rica!

Group of Merchiston Castle School Students enjoy traditional Chinese dinner at local restaurant 

A trip to the cinema to watch 'Creation of the Gods' - completed by a delicious dumpling dinner!

Memorial Hall with families during Merchiston Castle School's Open Morning in September 2023

It was brilliant to welcome so many families for our Open Day last Saturday!