About us

Find out more about The Greek Summer School and the people who teach and run the courses.

About the greek summer school

The first JACT Greek Summer School was in 1968, in Bedford College, in Regent’s Park, London. For the next seventeen years, until 1985, it was at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, and since then it has been at Bryanston School in Blandford Forum, Dorset. After 52 consecutive years, the COVID-19 pandemic meant there was no summer school in 2020, so 2024 sees the 56th JACT Greek Summer School.

The mission and inspiration of the summer school have always been to support and enhance the teaching and learning of ancient Greek in UK schools and universities, at all levels from absolute beginner to post A-Level. Our especial priority is giving access to the Greek language to those who can’t access it at their school. A significant and growing number of our students each year come from state schools. An impressive number of established Classics teachers in schools and universities, and an appreciable proportion of summer school tutors, began Greek at the summer school.

In overall size, the summer school has grown and grown, from 52 students and six tutors in 1968 to as many as 350 students and 45 tutors in recent years (student numbers are usually around the 300 mark). Our tutors are drawn from both school and university teachers. We are always glad to welcome new tutors to the team, and equally grateful to those who regularly return, even past their retirement from their duties at school or university. The devotion of the tutors, new and old, to Greek and to the summer school’s ethos is a significant factor in its long-term stability.

Our students are largely in the age-range 16-19 and from UK schools, but we are seeing increasing numbers of undergraduates and postgraduates learning Greek for research purposes. Our numbers of overseas students are smaller, but still significant, and the summer school is glad to have been discovered by students from not just other European nations but from several other continents. With the aim of maximising the impact the summer has on the provision of Greek in schools, teachers wishing to offer Greek in their own schools have been welcomed onto our teacher courses since 2017, combining language learning with opportunities to discuss teaching strategies and resources.

Plays, Music & Sports

When you need a break from your Greek, the summer school offers opportunities to get involved with plays, music and a range of sporting activities.


The summer school management committee is responsible for arranging the course each year. The committee comprises a range of specific office holders, alongside the team responsible for the running of the summer school each year, who are all also members. The two weeks of the summer school are set up and run by a course secretary, a director, a director of studies, assistant director of studies and a treasurer, with the support of the body of tutors teaching each year. We are also grateful for the hard work of and support from our matron.


The summer school is able to offer financial support in the form of bursaries to out students. We are grateful to our generous sponsors and supporters for the funds that allow us to do so. If you want to apply for a bursary, please visit our bursaries page.

The Greek summer school staff

Tutors on the course are experienced teachers drawn from schools and universities across the UK and beyond.

Some have been coming for many years and some will be here for the first time this year, but all are dedicated to providing access to Greek.

JACT summer school trust

When the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) merged with the Classical Association in 2015, the JACT Summer Schools Trust (JSST) was formed to continue JACT’s work in providing summer schools. The Trust consists of four summer schools which collaborate to minimise administrative costs and maximise opportunities for discovering Classics.

JSST is a registered charity (1137562) and a limited company, registered in England & Wales (07331184). Registered Office: 10 Market Walk, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1JZ.

The correspondence address for JSST is via the Secretary to the Trustees, Mrs Cathy Bothwell. Please use the contact page for the JACT Greek Summer School or email direct to [email protected]

Interested in attending the Greek summer school?