Latin, the language of the ancient Roman Empire and still the official language of the Catholic Church, is a key subject at Chavagnes.

All boys studying Latin are entered for the National Latin Exam at the appropriate level each spring. The NLE is recognised for academic credit by US universities.

Junior School

ISEB syllabus (

Latin is normally begun after Christmas in Year 7.

Target: ISEB Level 2 by end of Year 8, foundational work for GCSE in Year 9.

 Textbooks: So you Really Want to Learn Latin, Books 1, 2 and 3.

In addition to the language work covered, boys are helped to learn by heart and understand

  • the parts of the Mass in Latin proper to the laity
  • the basic Catholic prayers in Latin
  • a small selection of Latin verse.

Senior School

Latin is an option in the Senior School. The course of study leads to the Cambridge IGCSE in Latin at the end of Year 11 or in Year 12.


  • an understanding of the Latin language
  • the ability to read, understand, appreciate and respond to some Latin literature
  • an understanding of some of the elements of Roman civilisation
  • an analytical approach to language by seeing English in relation to a language of very different structure
    and by observing the influence of Latin on English
  • an awareness of the motives and attitudes of people of a different time and culture, while considering
    Rome’s legacy to the modern world
  • a greater understanding of a range of aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, political, religious and social issues
  • an excellent foundation for advanced study

Cambridge syllabus:

Latin is not curently offered at Advanced Level, although the standard of Cambridge’s IGCSE is already very high. For example, it is easily superior to the Latin component of the French baccalaureat.

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