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Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation GCSE arms our students with powerful knowledge and tools from the ancient world that help them succeed in our modern one. 

At the heart of the curriculum is the understanding that the values of a culture are reflected in the art and literature that they produce. Students will develop analytical and critical skills, questioning the purpose and intent of the sources that they study. In the age of fake news, the ability to understand the undercurrent of cultural values and political purpose in both visual and textual sources is essential. Students will become citizens who actively question the things they see and read, rather than passively accepting them.  

Our exam board is OCR, with the following components:

  • Paper 1: Women in the Ancient World

  • Paper 2: The Homeric World

Students will study a range of ancient sources, including Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, the plays of Euripides, Roman poetry, Roman history, and ancient art and archaeology from across the ancient world. 

Students will also have a number of extracurricular opportunities, including museum visits.

Curriculum Content

Classical Civilisation Intent Statement

Classical Civilisation Curriculum

Ways for parents to support learning


Please contact the Head of Classical Civilisation, admin@egas.islington.sch.uk, if you would like more information about the course.


Open Events 2023 Posted on: 14/09/2023

Open Events 2023

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming open events. We host both a range of Open Mornings and our annual Open Evening on Thursday 5th October. We look forward very much to welcoming families to EGA and getting to show them more about what our school has to offer its students and community. Open Mornings: Open Mornings run from 9.15am-10:30am and will include a talk from students, the headteacher as well as a tour of lessons around the school. There is no need to book to attend an open morning, please just arrive at our main reception for 9.15am. Tuesday 26th September 9.15am-10:30am Thursday 28th September 9.15am-10:30am Tuesday 10th October 9.15am-10:30am Thursday 12th October 9.15am-10:30am Open Evening - Thursday 5th October 2023 5:00-7:30pm Our open evening is a chance to visit the school and explore the fantastic facilities we have to offer. You will hear from our headteacher,  tour all the areas of the school and meet the amazing members that make up our school community. The open evening is also a great time to be able to discuss curriculum and opportunities with our teachers. Many EGA students also volunteer to support at Open Evening so you will have plenty of chances to ask them any questions you might have. You do not need to book a slot for our open evening. However, to help us ensure a smooth experience, we suggest arriving towards the start of one of the following slots: 5:00-5:45pm / 5:45-6:30pm / 6:30-7:15pm We recommend attending both Open Evening and an Open Morning to get the full experience of what is on offer at EGA as both events offer a different experience.
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