“Classics was the subject which enticed me to study in High Storrs sixth form. This two year study of the literature and civilisation of ancient Greece and Rome has been truly inspirational…”
Who We Are & What We Do
Classics is for everyone. It is the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans and is hugely varied including, as it does, literature, art, society and culture. It also forms the building blocks of many other modern cultures and languages.
We are the Classics Department at High Storrs School in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, an 11-18 state comprehensive school with a diverse student body. Classical Civilisation and Latin have been part of our curriculum offer for many years – a tradition of which we are very proud, being, as far as we are aware, the only state school in Sheffield and the immediate area to make such an offer. All our Year 8 students get the chance to study our subjects before making options choices for GCSE and A level.
Unfortunately, constraints on the curriculum introduced by government in recent years have led to fewer students being able to choose Classical subjects, particularly at GCSE, despite many wishing to do so. Cuts to school funding across the country mean that our school can no longer afford to fund smaller groups of students (usually 15-16 pupils) such as we currently attract.
Without help from external funding bodies and donations from the public, we will lose these valuable subjects at High Storrs School.
We have, therefore, decided to take a new and innovative approach to ensuring the long term survival of our department through launching a crowd funding initiative which will go live in September 2017. We are aiming to raise £100,000 which will be used solely to subsidise the cost of smaller class sizes going into the future.
“We need to support classical civilization qualifications and recognize their excellence as intellectual preparation for adult life and university”. Professor Edith Hall. King’s College, London.
Gina Johnson – Subject Leader Classics & Latin
Gina is Sheffield born and bred, growing up in Ecclesall and Whirlow and attending Silverdale School where she studied Classical Civilisation A Level. Following a gap year, during which she worked on Corfu, she attended Sheffield University (1981-4), reading Classical Civilisation with Latin. After her PGCE year at Nottingham University, she took up a post as a Classics teacher at High Storrs and has been there ever since, becoming Subject Leader in 2000. Gina has always had a firmly held belief that state school students should have the opportunity to study the ancient world.
Georgina Gill – Classics & Latin Teacher
Georgina is originally from Pitsmoor in Sheffield and was a pupil at High Storrs from 1997 – 98 when she studied for a Classics A Level. She graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast with a degree in Byzantine Studies. She has studied and then worked in Athens, Greece where she lived for 3 years as a teacher. Georgina returned to the UK and worked in the arts & heritage industry as a Gallery Manager before deciding to pursue her love of Classics and teaching in 2011. Upon graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with an MA in Classical Literature she returned to High Storrs as a teacher.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920