Bursary Scheme

Summer School Bursary Scheme 2020

Applications are invited for bursaries to assist attendance at Classics Summer Schools by pupils at Surrey schools who would otherwise have difficulty in meeting the costs.

In this 2nd year of the GCA Bursary Scheme, support is offered for three Summer Schools:

  • The London Summer School in Classics 2020 at KCL
  • The JACT Greek Summer School Bryanston School, Dorset
  • The JACT Summer School (“Latin Camp”) at Harrogate Ladies’ College, Yorkshire

The closing date for completed applications to reach the GCA is Monday 2nd March 2020. Please request an application form by emailing the GCA Bursary Administrator at guildfordca.office@gmail.com.

Please note the following important points:

  • The GCA can only afford a few bursaries. It is likely therefore that not all applications will be successful. Selection will take place shortly after the closing date for applications and all applicants will then be told their result and, where applicable, the size of their award.
  • Selection for a GCA bursary does not confer a place at one of the Summer Schools. You must apply to your chosen Summer School separately through its standard entry procedure.
  • While the bursaries will make a substantial contribution towards the costs of attendance, they are not intended to meet the entire costs and you will have to find the balance yourself.
  • Payment of a bursary will be contingent on you gaining a place at one of the Summer Schools and completing the course satisfactorily. You will therefore have to be prepared to meet the up-front costs yourself and to be reimbursed upon satisfactory completion of the course.
  • Further details are provided with the application form.


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2019 Bursary winner Ollie Taylor writes:

The JACT Greek Summer School at Bryanston 2019

The JACT Greek Summer School is renowned in the world of Classics. Having spent two fantastic weeks there, I can safely say it deserves its positive reputation.

On the first day, after a delicious cooked breakfast, we wasted no time and quickly got stuck into the Greek. In a small class of just seven, I was very fortunate to have the legendary John Taylor as my tutor. He is as friendly and as a good a teacher as he is knowledgeable. With the assistance of his textbooks, complex Greek constructions were made clear and we all took great delight in the rapid progress we began to make. In addition to the Greek, other activities were set in motion from day one. I signed up to the choir which was to perform towards the end of the fortnight and I also took great interest in the drama that was being offered. There was an option to audition for a comedy or a tragedy, with the former being in translation and the tragedy being in the original Greek. Deciding that my Greek was not quite up to scratch to audition for a full production in the language, I went along to the auditions for the comedy which was to be Aristophanes’ Frogs. Much to my delight, I was cast in the lead role of Dionysos, and rehearsals were soon added to my already busy schedule.

Despite there only being three sessions a day of no longer than an hour and fifteen minutes, you were expected to continue your studies in your own time in order to polish either that which you have just studied or prepare so that you can quickly move through the next topic. After lunch, there would be a range of seminars to choose from. I attended one each day on a variety of topics, from the Persians, New Testament Greek and even on Linear B, a script existing before the Greek alphabet we all know and love. The whole experience was remarkably intense but that is in fact part of the appeal. Where else can one spend such an amount of time with only like-minded people? The sense of camaraderie between the students made translating long passages highly enjoyable. Deciphering different Homeric epithets was a welcome challenge that could be done as a group. The experience was far from solitary and I hope I can safely say that I have made long-lasting friends with whom I can share not just classical experiences in the future.

After a busy day, evenings were welcomingly relaxed. You would finally have an opportunity to socialise or, if you would prefer, to settle down with a nice book before dinner. At the same time, there was also an option to attend a grammar clinic at which you could ask questions with the hope of being able to satisfy any misunderstandings from the day’s lessons. After dinner and some further time to relax, there was always a lecture delivered by distinguished university lecturers. For me personally, the chance to hear David Raeburn at the age of 93, the founder of the Greek Summer School, talk about Greek Tragedy was the highlight of my stay and I was overjoyed to be able to chat with him following his lecture. The other lectures were also fascinating ranging from thoughts on philosophy in Homer, interpretations of Dionysos, to mapping Herodotus.

Not only did the course provide a wide range of academic activities, but there were many chances to get involved in extracurricular events. In the first week, there was a lawn tennis tournament and in the second week, there was a football tournament. Though I didn’t compete in either, those who did appeared to be having great fun. The sports facilities were incredible. There was a pool which was almost always available and also a gym. A quiz that contained both classical questions and general knowledge took place on Saturday. The comedy was performed on the Sunday night and I was delighted to hear compliments that the play was both funny and in line with the original. The tragedy, which was Euripides’ Bacchae, was performed on the final Friday night and, though I cannot claim to have understood every word, it held everyone’s attention in the theatre for the entire duration of the performance, keeping everyone on edge and disturbed by those in their Bacchic frenzies. The concert performed towards the end of the second week was incredible. The range of talent displayed was astounding. A brief moment of hilarity arose when, in one segue from romantic music to the next piece, we were asked what follows every romance and, being classicists, we responded with a chorus of “death”; not the expected answer of marriage. I am glad I can say I contributed in the smallest of ways by singing in the choir. It was a pleasure to perform with such talented musicians.

There wasn’t just singing in the choir, however. On more than one occasion, we were able to partake in karaoke at the bar and, on the final night, only Ancient Greek songs were allowed. I, with my newfound friends, performed a rendition of ‘χρημα, χρημα, χρημα’ by everyone’s favourite chiastic band (That is, Money, Money, Money by ABBA). One would think that would be everything, but I must also include the Rave Cave. The opportunity to let your hair down and party made for a very satisfying end to each day. Bizarrely the final song, without exception, which was played each day was William Blake’s Jerusalem and it provided us all one final moment to bellow the words before racing back to our houses before curfew. However, I still think it was a missed opportunity not to refer to it as Plato’s Rave.

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I could not have asked for a greater time at Bryanston and I will most certainly be continuing my Greek. I hope that I shall be able to return next year, improving my Greek even further. Finally, I must thank the Guildford Classics Association for their generosity in awarding me the bursary. It made everything much simpler, allowing me to go, and I hope that others can have the same opportunity in the future so that many more people will be able to experience the wonders of Greek.