Classics is part of the ethos of our School and an important element to the curriculum. We offer teaching in Latin, Classical Civilisation and Ancient Greek and provide study in language, literature, history and culture.

The range of discipline can be fundamental in the study of philosophy, archaeology, philology and anthropology, and useful in modern languages, history, science and mathematics.

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) CurriculumSixth Form Curriculum sections.

Mr Jonny Nelmes, MA – Head of Department

Mr Nelmes joined Charterhouse from St Edward’s School, Oxford where he taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation and held the roles of Assistant Housemaster and IB Extended Essay Supervisor. He was educated at Lancing College and gained an MA in Classics at Oriel College, Oxford. Mr Nelmes is a passionate sportsman, his primary interest being cricket, but he also enjoys rugby, football and fives. He is a keen sailor and RYA and ASA qualified.

Dr Tasos Aidonis, MA, PhD 

Dr Aidonis is a native of Athens and graduated in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Ioannina before he moved to Glasgow to write his PhD. His special area of interest is  Greek history. Outside the classroom he is an officer in the CCF and a hockey coach. Dr Aidonis is also Housemaster of Bodeites and Master of the Scholars.

Mr Jim Freeman, MA

Mr Freeman graduated in Classics and Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Mr Freeman is particularly interested in the connections between classical literature and the history, politics, philosophy and material culture of the ancient world. Some of his favourite reading is the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil. He also coaches sports (rugby, football, cross-country and athletics) and is co-ordinator of the School’s Creativity, Action and Service Programme.

Mr Richard Haynes, MA

Mr Haynes is also a University of Cambridge graduate. Whilst interested in all classical courses, from beginner to Oxbridge level, he particularly enjoys teaching courses in art and architecture and the archaeology of the Bay of Naples. He is an examiner of the CIE Pre-U course in Latin and also coaches hockey and squash.

Dr Simon Northwood, BA, PhD

Dr Northwood graduated from the University of Cambridge, and went on to teach at several notable schools and universities, including Oxford. His particular area of interest is in Roman history and historiography. Outside of the classroom he coaches football and hockey.

Mr Charles Sparrow, MA

Mr Sparrow teaches English and Classics, having studied Classics at Edinburgh University and English at University College, London. He has recently taken over responsibility, as Master of the Yearlings, for new pupils arriving into the Fourth Form (Year 9). Mr Sparrow also coaches football, cross-country and cricket, and looks after the Junior English Society.

Mr Andrew Turner, BA, LLM

Bachelor of Arts in Government, Politics and Law, Mr Turner went on to earn his LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. He specialises in teaching US and Comparative Government and Politics and has written the Essential Words Dictionary for Government and Politics. Mr Turner is Headmaster, and also runs the Second Year Specialist (Sixth Form) Politics Society, The Liverpool Group, tutors in Weekites and coaches football.

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