Each year, the Classical Association awards prizes to individuals or projects which have had a significant and positive impact on the teaching of Classics in the UK.
The 2023 Awards recognised outstanding teaching and innovative pre-university education initiatives. We’re delighted to announce that our Classical Civilisation teacher, Sian Squire, won the award for Outstanding State Sector Initiative.
In the award summation, the Classical Association praised Sian’s efforts to ‘maximise the reach of the subject to all her learners and provides a wealth of opportunities throughout the college.’
They also noted her work in developing links with a local independent school, so our students could participate in a production of Oedipus Rex and access Latin lessons. Sian also encouraged her students to enter the Fitzwilliam College Cambridge Essay writing competition and the Lytham St Annes Classical Association competition. In addition, Sian supported our students in attending a variety of summer schools, including Newcastle Bite Size and the JACT Latin and Ancient History summer schools.
Due to her efforts, her students set their sights high and last year 25% of the cohort went on to higher education courses that were related to the classical world.
Sian recently took the Classical Civilisations students to Shrewsbury High School to see a guest lecture by author and classicist, Natalie Haynes.