Derby Grammar School was the destination for seven top-flight independent schools on Wednesday when the School hosted the East Midlands Association Classical Teaching (EMACT) Latin Reading competition.

Schools who took part in the competition included Rugby, Nottingham High School and Loughborough Grammar, as well as our own Derby Grammar School team.

The competition involves reading aloud, in Latin, short extracts from verse, authors or playwrights. There are four levels of entry ranging from Novice (Year 7) to Senior for Sixth Formers. Derby Grammar School had competitors in the Novice and Junior sections, comprising boys from Years 7, 8 and 9. Huzzy Muhammed came out of Latin retirement to enter the Senior category.

We were delighted to win first and third places in the Junior competition. This was the most heavily subscribed category, with fourteen competing teams, all of whom had prior experience of Latin under their belt. Rohan Singh and Saevuk Atwal were winners, and Ted Gushlow and Luqman Rasul took third place.

We entered two teams in the Novice competition. Team B won third place.

Over one hundred pupils took part in the competition, split almost exactly equally between boys and girls. Simon Fletcher, Head of Classics at Derby Grammar School said: “Latin is a really inclusive subject for both sexes and it is wonderful to see it this popular.

We have had a busy, but very enjoyable, afternoon and I am delighted our pupils have continued their success in the competition, winning one category and being placed in two others.”