The Association for Latin Teaching

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Departmental Web Sites

A collection of British Classics Department web sites for enjoyment and for picking up ideas for your own school site.


I have collected these sites by searching the web, rather than from any submitted list, so I trust that these pages do not breach any confidentiality or data protection law. If, however, any school wishes for their entry to be removed I shall do as they ask.


Originally, the sites were divided and organised by size. Whilst it remains true that the space allocated to subjects varies greatly from school to school,  it seemed much more helpful for the revised list to be organised  by region. The Association often receives enquiries about the availability of Classics in this or that city or county.


Working through all of these school websites has been an interesting but painstaking and often frustrating task.

In the infancy of the internet I was warned about the 3 clicks rule. If the visitor to your site fails to find what he is looking for after 3 clicks of the mouse - he is more than likely to give up and leave. How many times did I (almost) give up on a site!


Here are some observations and star ratings:


***** Site home page has link to departments,  from which there is a  link to Classics and/or Latin, and plenty of information about the department. Has a site map.


**** Site home page has link to curriculum areas, e.g.  Humanities, or Languages, from which there is a link to a Classics home page and information about the department. Has a site map.


*** Site home page has link to curriculum areas ie. GCSE, AS/A level, from which there is a  list of all the subjects offered at these levels - and there is a link to each subject page. Has a site map


** Site home page has a link to curriculum areas and a list of subjects available - but no clear link to any of those subjects. Has no site map


* Site home page has no clear link to curriculum at all! On more than one occasion I only found out that Classics was or was not on the curriculum only by looking at the results pdf. Then the search was on for a page that may or may not exist. Has no site map. May have a site search box, but brings up no meaningful reference.


* Site home page has no clear links to the curriculum and expects you to download and read a 30 page glossy prospectus, largely taken up with large pictures of smiling pupils and trite captions. Has no site map. May have a site search box, but brings up no meaningful reference


* Site home page has no obvious links to the curriculum and worse, expects you to contact the school for a copy of their prospectus. Has no site map. May have a site search box, but brings up no meaningful reference


I am aware that some Classics sites may exist only on intranets, and are not visible to the world in general. My suggestion is that Classics departments  ask the school for a link to another part of the site, and there do their own thing.  


This is a work in progress and more schools and institutions will be added as and when possible.

I have linked to schools which may have no Latin, but do have Classical Civilisation. If there is a Classicist in the School, then the hope is that Latin may yet be a possibility one day.