Classics is as comprehensive a subject as it is possible to imagine. Classicists develop skills in language and analysis; the study of literature, philosophy, archaeology and history is fully embedded in the school curriculum and beyond.

Classicists, therefore, receive mental training in a whole range of different disciplines, and are capable of exceptional intellectual flexibility. In our world of rapid social and technological change, it is the capacity to react to new and unforeseen developments with flexibility which is most valuable in later life, and it is widely recognised that Classics and related subjects produce just that kind of person, with an unparalleled capacity to adapt to new circumstances and learn new skills.

Lower School

Upper School

Trips & Events

We run a number of trips. Our main trip is an annual trip abroad; in the past, we have travelled around the greatest archaeological sites of Greece, starting from Athens and going past the oracle at Delphi, the athletic sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia, the Homeric world of Mycenae, the theatre and health centre of Epidauros, the pagan and Christian community at Corinth, and culminating on Cape Sounion, where the Temple of Apollo is one of the most memorable classical sites.

We have also travelled to the Bay of Naples, exploring Pompeii and Herculaneum, before travelling to the heart of the Roman Empire: Rome. We run a series of trips within the UK as well, ranging from the Roman Palace at Fishbourne, to a discovery of Roman London, via the Museum of London and the underground amphitheatre below the Guildhall. We also run regular trips to the British Museum. We have an extensive lecture series programme to complement and stretch our pupils’ classical knowledge.

Beyond School

Classics and Classical Civilisation are popular degree courses in many Universities, either standing alone or in combination with Archaeology and Anthropology. Normally five or six Cranleighans go on to study Classics related courses at university every year.

Classics is an excellent grounding in the skills required for a wide variety of professions. Well known public figures who have found the study of classics a valuable training before going to high achievement in other fields include: JK Rowling, best-selling author of the Harry Potter series; Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister; Sir Anthony Cleaver, ex-Chairman of IBM, Head of UK Atomic Energy Authority; and Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay.

Head of Classics

Dan Hogg

Head of Classics