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JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School

28th July -2nd August 2024

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.

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About Us

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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 2023!


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 2023 and our 2024 programme will be finalised in May, based on feedback from last year.

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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 the 28th of July at 12pm and will drop attendees off on the 2nd of August, leaving school at 11am 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.

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Fees & Applications

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Tuition & Board

Tuition rate of £130 covers 6 lessons a day, lunchtime workshops and evening drama sessions. Bed rate of £250+ depending on the room specification. Board includes 3 meals a day, snacks and accommodation. This also includes dinner on arrival and breakfast before departure.


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 27th of May 2024.


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

Please note that the Eventbrite page was for pre-booking of places before the release of our application form proper, If you have already booked via Eventbrite you should received a link to the Google form via email (you may need to check your spam folder).

Full payment for the summer school is due on the Sunday 7th July 2024.



“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.

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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

Elliot Grieve
Course Secretary

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