St Albans pupils ‘dig deep’ for Latin success

PUBLISHED: 12:12 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 11 January 2018

The Verulam boys who took the Latin exam, with Mary Bienfait and BeauSandVer community links administrator Carole Heselton.

The Verulam boys who took the Latin exam, with Mary Bienfait and BeauSandVer community links administrator Carole Heselton.

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A group of Year 10 boys at a St Albans school have achieved high results in an extra-curricular Latin exam.

Eight Verulam pupils, in a first for the school, sat the Certificate of Latin Language offered by the Welsh Examination Board, and all achieved A to A* results.

The boys had been learning Latin for a year as part of an extra-curricular club run by Latin teacher Mary Bienfait. Mrs Bienfait has a degree in Classics from Cambridge University, and designed a specific course to cover the curriculum in a compressed timeframe.

She said: “I am delighted with the boys’ success. They had to ‘dig deep’ for extra commitment and perseverance beyond the normal curriculum, progress rapidly within a short timescale, and learn the techniques of sitting a public examination a year before their GCSEs. Congratulations!”

Headteacher Paul Ramsey said: “We are committed to offering Latin as an extra subject and are very pleased with the boys’ success.”

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