Classics for All Award
On 12 July 2021, Allerton Grange was presented with the ‘Classics for All Outstanding School Award’ from the charity Classics for All.
Classics for All are a charity who support state schools across the UK to introduce and develop the teaching of classical subjects in their curriculum. Classics for All aim to enrich the lives and raise the aspirations of all young people through introducing them to the ancient world. When Allerton Grange first introduced Classical Civilisation to our curriculum offer in 2018, we were awarded a grant from Classics for All to establish our Classics department. Since then Miss Williams, Curriculum Leader for Classics, has spoken at events for Classics for All and supports other schools with establishing classics through provided training to other teachers on behalf of Classics for All.
The awards were held as part of Classics for All's 10th birthday celebration. Allerton Grange was recognised as one of 14 schools nationally for the ‘Outstanding School Award’ for our commitment to offering classics and the support Miss Williams provides to other schools.
Allerton Grange was nominated by Dr Haley of the University of Leeds Classics Network:
“Gemma has worked tirelessly to introduce Classical Civilisation first at GCSE, then A-Level in a school with no tradition of classics. She also teaches Latin to younger pupils in an after school club. She is an ambassador for the subject, creating gorgeous displays and inspiring lessons to ensure Classics is at that heart of the school’s culture. Gemma’s passion for classics is infectious and her students have clearly caught the bug. She now shares her enthusiasm for topics including Imperial Image and classical epic by training other teachers in our network.”
Miss Williams said “I am thrilled that Allerton Grange has been recognised again for the work we are doing to promote the teaching of Classical Subjects. It has been such a pleasure to see students fall in love with classics since we introduced the subject in 2018. I am overjoyed that so many of our A-level students are choosing to study Classics at university and I am so excited to start teaching Classics to our Year 7 students in September! We will continue to do all we can to encourage and support other schools who wish to introduce Classics to their curriculum.”
Pictured: The first ever Classics class at Allerton Grange