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  • @catharine Dear Catherine,

    A very long time ago I took a party of girls to vico Equense. Itwas way out from Sorrento and to bring them home we had to walk along an unlit main road, with fast cars and no pavement. I found it quite scary keep a tight crocodile and waving white handkies. the hotel itself was nice and after the first night getting…[Read more]

    • I have taken many trips to the Sorrento area and very often stay in a hotel in Vico Equense. It is a lovely little town and we have always found it safe. We have never had an issue with the students going into town in the evening in small groups. It is a small town so there isn’t that much for them to do, the shopping is not on the scale of…[Read more]

  • @catharine Yes, Hotel Oriente. Only 200m or so from Circumvesuviana station. Somewhat quirky hotel but friendly and helpful. Small town with shops up steep hill. Let me have yor email and I’ll send more details later. angelamparkes@yahoo.co.uk

  • Travel company is suggesting we stay in Vico Equense rather than Sorrento – they say we can get better hotels at affordable price. Anyone got any experience of staying here? Is there decent touristy shopping in safe streets in the evening, like there is in Sorrento?

    • The hotels are not necessarily better, although they are cheaper! It is a good walk from Sorrento, but not unsafe or unpleasant. There are few tourist shops.

    • My experience of staying there is that it is hard to keep pupils occupied in the evening there – not much in the way of shopping. However you can get the Circumvesuviana into Sorrento. We were put in the Hotel Oriente on two occasions and I was not impressed. The rooms are all over the cliff face so it is hard to get to some of them. One time…[Read more]

    • I loved Vico for my students but I had 17-21 year olds and there weren’t any Nightclubs! I used to take them to Sorrento for an evening of retail therapy one evening! There aren’t touristy shops but it always felt safe. We stayed in the Oriente and I wouldn’t recommend it; as Anna says rooms are all over the place so it’s hard to keep tabs on…[Read more]

    • Travel company basically told us there would be no rooms available in Sorrento, last Summer, and suggested VE. Funnily enough, when met with push-back and suggestion we might find a different travel firm, a brilliant hotel in Sorrento materialised. Stick to your guns…

    • I quite liked the cliff-face hotel. It is a bit of a maze finding the rooms down the steps, but the view is pretty fab. They don’t speak much English though, and we had a bit if bother when a ‘twin’ room turned out to be just a double bed, and the two muslim boys in the situation properly kicked off! Couldn’t even get a mattress for the floor at…[Read more]

    • I have just been told that booking anywhere for schools in Sorrento is difficult because the hotels want adult customers who spend more money. It now seems more expensive to stay in the Bay of Naples area than in Rome, and it never used to be so …

    • We stayed at the Aqua Hotel in VE last time (Forms 9-11) and I rather liked it; the food was excellent. We got back late afternoon most days so going out in the evening wasn’t an issue for us, it was really just somewhere to crash after dinner (which was a served at table 3-course feast; with wine for teacher of course). It’s also got lovely…[Read more]

    • Dear all, Thanks so much for all your help – I’ll look into the hotels mentioned and have a think about what we are doing in the evenings.

  • Anyone else having trouble with the links on the OCR website? I can get as far as the page for individual subjects but then the links (for stuff like sample assessment materials) just take me back to the top of the page.

  • @juliewolseley Hi Julie, my email address is c.jessop@stmargarets.herts.sch.uk. Many thanks for offering to send the paper. C.

  • @catharine Hello. Not sure what to do with this…….sorry! Can I email you or post the paper if it would be helpful?
    Julie

  • Picking up again on the earlier discussion of weird exam results, we have just looked at the returned Epic paper for our student who we expected to get an A but actually got a low C on this paper. We are both completely baffled by the marks she has been given. It does appear as if she has been heavily penalised for not mentioning all the points…[Read more]

    • We have had a similar situation. Our A (if not A*) calibre student ended up with a B in Virgil/Iliad and C in Comedy. Remark for Comedy came back very fast and unchanged, Virgil/Iliad came back with 2 extra marks. I have read through the scripts with my colleague, and while they are far from her best answers, and we agreed they were both a grade…[Read more]

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of Iliad (AL ClassCiv)Iliad (AL ClassCiv) 5 months ago

    Does anyone know what the source is for the quote from T S Eliot calling Achilles a “superhuman adolescent”? Can’t find it online. I guess it must be in one of his essays.

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of A Level LatinA Level Latin 5 months, 1 week ago

    Re marking of language work in the new A level, am I right in thinking that the extra marks for style which used to be awarded in the old A2 have now disappeared (except for prose comp)?

  • Dear all, I don’t usually ask to piggy-back on other people’s schemes of work. But I didn’t do one for the new Iliad spec because no-one had signed up to do Class Civ. However, I am delighted that I now have one keen pupil desperate to study the Iliad. She has already read it, and the Odyssey, and the Song of Achilles several times. So I’m…[Read more]

  • Our results a bit mad too as so often. Art – two did very well, one very badly (but I have a sneaking feeling she didn’t answer the question so am not altogether surprised). World of the Hero – my strongest student (who should have got an A) scraped a C on this paper and we can’t understand why. We’ll try for a remark – last year I had a couple of…[Read more]

  • @sarahd Hi Sarah, hope you are well! I noticed that you have kindly uploaded a number of resources for the new Latin to GCSE book and I wondered how you are finding teaching with it. I’m about to use it for the first time and ditch the CLC, which is a bit scary. But I’ll be using it for a Y10 class who have done books 1 and 2 of CLC. If you…[Read more]

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for replying so quickly! I too have a massive to-do list this holiday – how come the workload never seems to get any lighter? I had concluded that the book probably wouldn’t work with any kids younger than Y9 at the earliest (at least not in my school), and thought I’d start by seeing how it goes with Y10. My provisional plan…[Read more]

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of GCSE LatinGCSE Latin 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Quick question: does anyone know whether the new OCR DVL is the same as the old one (before I spend hours crawling over them)?

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of General QuestionsGeneral Questions 8 months ago

    I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off app…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off app…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off…[Read more]

    • Hi Catharine. We had a student last year go to Reading. I think his offer was BBB, but he ended up with one D, and still got his place. There was a similar case with Swansea a few years ago too. We’ve got a student this year who applied to Cardiff (for Ancient History), got an initial offer of ABB, then had the offer lowered to BBB, on the…[Read more]

    • Roehampton is worth a look…BBB I think

    • Trinity St Davids makes lower offers, have a student with CCC prediction this year and has an offer for Ancient History from them.

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