Fitzalan School, Cardiff, enthusiastic for Latin

Good picture and write-up on the home page of this school. Thanks to Will Griffiths for the link.

Fitzalan School, Cardiff

Fitzalan is one of the only state schools in Cardiff to offer Latin and
one of only eight secondary schools across Wales to offer the subject.
We are one of a growing number of schools across the UK to realise the
benefits of studying a subject which a decade ago looked set to
disappear from the curriculum altogether.

One of the reasons behind its renaissance is the growth of exciting new
materials which have been produced recently. The school received a
grant from the Friends of the Classics to purchase some of these.

The pupils follow the Cambridge Latin Course which is really fun and
interesting. So far they have really enjoyed the lessons, which teach
about the History and Culture of the Romans as well as the language

Latin is a very beautiful language, which is probably the main reason
for wanting to give the pupils here an opportunity to enjoy it. It is
also very useful for such professions as law, medicine fictional or
technical writing and even business.

Latin provides around 60% of all English words and 90% of words over
two syllables! It helps to develop and expand your vocabulary, and can
help to improve confidence. Since Roman culture is the foundation of
European civilization it also helps in the understanding of , amongst
others, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian.

Latin has traditionally been the preserve of the privileged, and this
is a fabulous chance to open up this wonderful subject to people from
all backgrounds.