Latin and Ancient Greek
The languages, literatures, and cultures of Ancient Greece and Rome continue to inform and influence our own. From rigorously memorising grammar to tracing the etymology of scientific terms, learning Classics combines discipline with inspiration. As the great Roman poet Virgil observed, mentem mortalia tangunt (mortal things touch the mind). Whether it be the evocative black figure vases of 5th Century BC Athens or the epic works of 1st Century BC Latin writers, this subject underpins any study of the arts and humanities in Europe.
At GCSE or A level, Classics helps students to develop skills in language, literary analysis, and historical knowledge. Not only can it support the learning of French or Spanish (or other Romance languages), but also that of English Literature and History. Moreover, its complexity and range has for many centuries encouraged the brightest and most motivated of students to push themselves intellectually.
We teach students from primary to university level. For children who need extra support to develop their confidence, we have patient specialists on hand to help. For students with a passion for Classics, we have experienced GCSE, A level and University teachers to challenge them beyond the exam board requirements.
We conduct an initial assessment to identify strengths and weaknesses, and ensure our students have a good foundation knowledge of key vocabulary and grammar. We then move on to more complex Classical topics so that students develop a detailed knowledge of their subject. As exams approach, our focus is on exam technique and timed questions.
"My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Meredith. She explains difficult concepts clearly and my daughter is eager to learn more and be challenged. Meredith is fun, patient and encouraging. We’ve been doing extra lessons while school is out and she keeps her motivated to learn. We’re really lucky to have found such a great tutor!"
Mother of a Year 9 student – online lessons
"Freddie is a wonderful tutor - he always gives 100% and more. Most importantly his knowledge and insights into the Common Entrance and King’s Scholarship process is exceptional. He is a gifted teacher and we have been very lucky as a family to benefit from all that he has to offer!"
Father of a student who was awarded a scholarship at Eton College
"Non scholae sed vitae discimus. - We learn not for school, but for life."
Freddie graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 and undertook his Teach First qualification at Devonshire Hill Primary school. Freddie spent 3 years in the classroom before becoming a full time tutor in 2015. He is a highly experienced 11+ tutor, having guided students in recent years through their applications to Eton, Harrow, Wellington, St Paul's, Westminster, Francis Holland, Godolphin and Latymer, and the Harrodian. He also specialises in 13+ preparation, both Common Entrance and scholarship exams.
"Classics is a bridge between the past and present."
Meredith holds a BA Classics from the University of Oxford, specialising in Latin and Ancient Greek, and a Masters from King’s College London. Meredith completed her PGCE teaching qualification through the Teach First programme in 2015 and holds 6 years of classroom experience teaching at a Central London secondary school. In addition to tutoring Classics and English, Meredith runs Personal Statement classes and mock Oxbridge interviews. She currently teaches at a high performing school in Beijing.
Interested in Classics?
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