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JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School

2nd-7th August 2021

We welcome students 16-19, whether you study Classics already or not!
Our courses cover ancient history, literature, language and culture.
Join us for courses, quizzes, plays, talks and join a classics community
you'll never forget.


About Us

Taster Videos

JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School has been welcoming classicists  to participate in a wide variety of programmes and activities since 2000. We welcome students aged 16-19 whether you study Classics already or not! JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School has an inclusive and fun camp experience, with courses that cater to those interested in myth, literature, philosophy, history and ancient languages.

Following the cancellation of last year's summer school, we are back in an exciting new location with the same friendly faces. We look forward to welcoming you in August 2021!

Not met our tutors before? Check out our taster videos are now freely available to view on Youtube.

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Our Programme

Explore new areas with our experienced tutors!

JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School runs an incredible range of topics according to demand. We provide an awesome program for all our campers, no matter their interests or level of experience. These are the courses we offered in 2019 and our 2020 programme will be finalised in May, based on feedback from last year.



From Greek Pots to Pop Culture

  • Classics in Modern Times

  • Minoans and Mycenaeans 

  • Women and Gender in antiquity 

  • Barbarians in the Ancient World

  • Art & Architecture

  • Greek Religion


Epic Fails and Serious Drama

  • An introduction to Greek comedy

  • Epic throughout Ancient World

  • Personal poetry 

  • An Introduction to Latin Epic

  • Greek Tragedy

  • Homer’s Iliad


Trade, Tyranny and Intrigue

  • Alexander the Great 

  • Athens at War

  • Greek City States: Politics and Power

  • Cicero’s life and works

  • Conquests of the Roman Republic

  • Julio-Claudian Emperors


All Levels, All Abilities

  • Introduction to Latin 

  • Introduction to Ancient Greek

(for Latinists)

  • Introduction to Ancient Greek

(for non-Latinists)

  • Intermediate Latin (tailored)

  • Advanced Latin (GCSE +)


Ancient Theories for Modern Problems

  • Philosophy, Ancient and Modern 

  • Socrates and the beginnings of philosophy

Special Activities

Classics out of Class

Included alongside the course!​

  • Classics Quiz

  • Ancient World Escape Rooms

  • Languages at Lunch

  • Stagings of Greek tragedy & comedy


Your Home Away From Home

Mount St Mary's College is located on the outskirts of Sheffield, just minutes from the M1.

Mount St Mary’s College can be accessed from Chesterfield Station or Sheffield Station. For those travelling by train, Mount St Mary’s buses will collect attendees from these stations on 2nd of August and will drop attendees off on the 7th of August at an additional cost of £10 each way.

Mount St Mary's has extensive grounds and excellent sports facilities. The school has been beautifully refurbished and all bathrooms are ensuite as standard.

For more information on travel links to Mount St Mary's College visit the Get Directions page.


Fees & Applications


Tuition & Board

Tuition rate of £130 covers 6 lessons a day, lunchtime workshops and evening drama sessions. Board rate of £250 includes 3 meals a day, snacks and accommodation. This also includes dinner on arrival on 2nd of August and breakfast before departure on 7th of August.

The total cost is £380. Bursaries are available (see below)

Coach Shuttle

This optional service takes students to and from the Sheffield or Chesterfield stations and Mount St Mary's College. This is payable along with the boarding fee.


Bursaries range from travel grants for students to the full cost of the course. Priority is given to students from state maintained schools in the United Kingdom. Complete the Bursary Application form before Monday 31st of May.


Please complete an online application for to register your interest. From there, our Course Secretary Dr Maria Haley will contact you for further details, to select your classes and arrange payment. 

Deposits of £50 need to be paid by Monday 14th June, following the outcome of bursary applications.

Full payment for the outstanding amount is due on the Monday 12th July.



“I would wholeheartedly and without a doubt encourage anyone with an interest in Classics or ancient history to apply to this summer school, as I can guarantee you will not regret it!” 
(Eleanor, Bursary Recipient)

The below partners provide bursaries for students who could not otherwise come.


Lytham St Anne's Classical Association


The Cambridge School Classics Project

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Cambridge University


The Classical Association


The Jowett Copyright Trust


The Gilbert Murray Trust


The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies


The University of Cambridge Faculty of Classics

Contact Us

Dr M.L. Haley
Course Secretary

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