Latin and Greek Reading Competition

The Manchester Classical Association’s Latin and Greek Reading Competition 2018 will be held at Cheadle Hulme School on Wednesday 14th March at 2.00p.m. (arrival from 1.30 p.m.).

Due to the increasing popularity of the event and time restrictions, it has become necessary to restrict the number of entries in some categories.

Categories and entry conditions are listed below:

Beginners’ Latin Pairs Maximum 2 pairs per school
Intermediate Latin Pairs Maximum 2 pairs per school
GCSE Latin Maximum 3 individuals per school
GCSE Greek No maximum
A-Level Latin No maximum; Individual competitors may perform either prose or verse passage
A-Level Greek No maximum
Classics in Translation Maximum 3 individuals per school

A PDF of the texts for all categories can be downloaded here: Texts for reading comp 2018.

  • Competitors will read from an unmarked copy of their text on the day.
  • Prizes in the form of book tokens from the Classical Association will be awarded in each category.
  • Individual winners one year cannot take part in the same category in any subsequent year.

The judges will look in equal measure both for technical competence and for understanding and involvement. An understanding of the passage is shown through phrasing, characterisation and reflection of mood. Please come along and experience the unique quality of the afternoon’s entertainment. The judges are always encouraging and helpful.

After the announcement of the winners of each section at the final plenary session, the first-prize winners will perform their recitations in front of everyone. There will also be refreshments, for which we hope everyone will stay. The proceedings will then end at 4.30 p.m.


An entry fee of £1 per person will be charged to encourage commitment to the day and to cover the refreshments. Please send cheques, payable to Manchester Classical Association, to the following address:

Jim Petch
Treasurer, Manchester Classical Association
Pear Tree Cottage
Hazler Road
Church Stretton

The application form (link here) should be completed by Wednesday 14th February 2018; this schedule is important for the smooth running of the event. The names of entrants and staff who will be attending should be sent via the competitor name form (link here) no later than Wednesday 28th February 2018. You can also detail any special requirements on this form.

If you know of any other school which would like to receive information, please let us know. For any further enquiries, please contact We look forward to seeing you and your pupils in March.


Miss E Meehan, Head of Classics, Cheadle Hulme School

Matt Ingham, Schools’ Liaison Officer, The Manchester Branch of the Classical Association