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JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School

19th-24th July 2020

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.



Taster Videos

Due to Covid 19 we had to cancel Repton 2020 to garuntee student safety. We are finalising dates for Repton 2021 and will be confirming these with applicants who have deferred their deposits with us.

Until then, our taster videos are now freely available to view on Youtube.


About JACT Classics & Ancient History Summer School

Hosted in Repton School, Derby, 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.

Our tutors are teachers and lecturers from across the UK, who tailor courses to student feedback every year. Beyond the classes you choose we also offer lunchtime workshops and stage  ancient drama to broaden our insight into the ancient world.

Why not join us in 2021? 


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

Repton is a village approximately 10 miles south of Derby dominated by the Repton School, which hosts the JACT Classical Civilisation & Ancient History Summer School.

Situated in the heart of England, Derby is easy to reach by train, coach or car. For those travelling by train or coach, a coach link from Derby railway station to Repton is available at the beginning and end of the summer school.

Anything you forget to bring to the summer school can be bought in the local Post Office or Spar shop, which are two minutes' walk from  The school provides bed, food cooked fresh on site and shower facilities, but

please bring your own towels.

Repton School has extensive grounds and excellent sports facilities. These include a beautiful swimming-pool, which is available for use for an hour each day, and six tennis courts which you are free to use in the afternoons. There is also plenty of space to play football and other outside games.

For more information on travel links to Repton visit the How to Find Us page on the Repton School website.


Fees & Applications

You will receive a 50% refund of the £240 if you withdraw more than 7 days before the summer school begins, but no refund if you withdraw less than a week beforehand.





To be paid as a non-returnable deposit upon application. This covers 6 lessons a day, lunchtime workshops and evening drama sessions.



To be paid when you accept your place. This includes breakfast, lunch and evening meal, and also covers use of the school’s sports facilities.

Coach Shuttle

£10 each way

This optional service takes students to and from the Derby station and Repton school. Payable along with the boarding fee. Taxi cost would be £25 each way.


Apply with your Application

Grants 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 Grants Application form and deliver with the application (below).


Considered from Jan 1st 2020

Please complete the Application Form and send it to the Course Secretary: Attach a photo of yourself for identification.



“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

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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