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Celebrating Classics with Jimmy Mulville

Last Wednesday, the Vaughan hosted its annual 'A Day to Celebrate Classics', bringing leading academics and Classicists together for a day that provides huge inspiration for pupils making choices relating to GCSE and A-Level subjects, and for those considering applying for Classics at university. As one of only 3% of British state schools that teach Classics, the Vaughan was proud to host the event, to which pupils from schools across London were invited.

During the day, leading academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford gave lectures. Dr Loy, University of Cambridge, who spoke about the use of AI in archaeology, commented: "It was a real treat to come and talk at the event.Congratulationsboth for this and for cultivating such a rich classical community at your school: and with sincere thanks for the invitation to come and celebrate with you all!"

In the final part of the day, there was an impactful and informative panel discussion chaired by comedian and producer Jimmy Mulville with Vaughan alumni who are currently reading Classics at Oxford and Cambridge as well as Classics graduates. Panellists shared their experiences of studying the subject and their perspectives on how it has shaped their lives and careers. Jimmy added that he credits studying Classics at University as having a major impact on his life and career.

Callum Morganti, lawyer at Slaughter and May, commented: "I'm still reeling from the number of pupils that are studying Classics in various forms. Certainly bucking the contemporary trend – hugely impressive for the department and the school."

Thank you to all our speakers, panel members, and Jimmy Mulville for their support in making days like this possible and helping us to inspire a new generation of classicists and ancient historians. An extra special thank you to Ms Georgiakakis, Acting Head of Classics and Co-ordinator of PSHE, RSE & Careers for organising this incredible opportunity for our pupils and those who attended from other schools.