Classics Reading Competition - University of Leeds


The Classics Reading Competition has run for over 70 years at the University of Leeds, and is a celebration of Classics, Reading and Performance. It’s a great opportunity to introduce Classics to school students already familiar with English, History and Drama, highlighting the links to their current subjects and developing their oracy/public speaking skills in an exciting way. For students already studying Latin and Ancient Greek, it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase their reading skills to our judges!

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students are invited to choose one (or two) of the categories, watch the corresponding ‘category briefing video’ and film a 2-3 minute video of themselves in response. Teachers are asked to collate the films for their school and send them to be judged by our competition final submission date (1st April 2022). A panel of University of Leeds academic judges will make their decisions and announce our winners!

Competition timeline

February 2022 Students and teachers prepare for and film entries February – March 2022


Competition final submission date Friday 1st April 2022


Winners announcement w/c 2nd May 2022


We're asking teachers to collate their students' video responses to our category briefs, and send them to be judged by our expert panel. We'll then send you a video announcing the winners and send out our prizes! You can fill in the short form linked below for access to our Classics Reading Competition Entry Booklet, as well as our Category Briefing videos, to support you in putting together your entries!



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