Classics Department

Miss Zeta Fleming, BA, MA, GTP
Acting Head of Classics
Deputy Head of Sixth Form (U6)

Miss Zeta Fleming teaches Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Civilisation. She joined Brentwood School in 2011, having previously taught at Oundle School and Reading Blue Coat School. She has a Masters in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London. Miss Fleming chose to study Classics because it combined all of her favourite subjects; language, literature, history and philosophy. She has always enjoyed the logical, perfect and precise nature of the Latin and Greek languages but also the more creative analysis of literature. She is fascinated by the vast influence the Greeks and Romans have had on world history and our lives today. Her favourite area of study is Greek philosophy. Inspired by questions such as “what is courage?” and “what is beauty?”, she went on to study the influence of Greek philosophy on early Christian thought in both her BA and MA dissertations.

Miss Karen Crane, BA (OB)
Teacher of Classics
Head of First Year

Miss Karen Crane is the Head of 1st Year as well as a teacher of Latin and Classical Civilisation. She has a degree in Classics and Italian from Exeter University. Having taught at New Hall School in Chelmsford, she re-joined Brentwood School in 2000 (she had been a pupil at the school). In addition to her duties as Head of Year and Classics teacher, she has accompanied and led numerous trips to Italy and Greece, directed a number of school musicals and been RAF Section commander for the CCF. Miss Crane lived in a household that had many History books, especially Egyptology and Rome, and so she grew up with a love of finding out about ancient civilisations. Latin and then Classical Civilisation at school fuelled this interest. She is hugely inspired by literature and enjoys charting how the ancient Classics have influenced writers through the ages, such as Milton, Shakespeare, Tolkein, Arthur Miller right up to J K Rowling and modern epics like the Hunger Games.

Miss Zoe D'Souza, BA
Teacher of Classics

Mrs Joanna Gray, BA
Teacher of Classics
Deputy Head of Fifth Year

Mrs Jo Gray teaches Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Civilisation. She joined Brentwood School in 2008, having previously taught at Chigwell School. She has a degree in Classical Studies from Newcastle University and a PGCE in Classics from the University of Cambridge. Mrs Gray was drawn to Classics through a love of literature. A desire to find out more about the cultures that produced the literature drew her to read Classical Studies for a degree. It is literature that she continues to love, though she finds Greek civilisation and late Republican Rome/early Empire absolutely fascinating.  Alexander the Great and Augustus would be her dream dinner party guests.

Miss Claudia Martin, BA (OB)
Teacher of Classics

Charities Coordinator

Having been a pupil at Brentwood School, Claudia is happy to be back contributing to the academic and co-curricular community once again. As well as teaching Latin, she is fortunate to work in the new Bean Academic Centre, where she is able to help pupils of all ages, especially 6th form, with research, referencing and writing high-standard longer pieces of work.

Mr Bryn Roberts, MA
Teacher of Classics
Deputy Head of First Year
Brentwoodian Editor

Mr Bryn Roberts teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation. He joined Brentwood School in 2015. He has a degree in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and a PGCE in Classics from King’s College, London. In addition to his teaching, he assists with rugby. As a film fanatic, the portrayal of the ancient world in cinema has always been a lure for Mr Roberts. The chariot-racing scene in Ben Hur epitomised the Roman lust for entertainment and spectacle; Disney's Hercules drew him to read about the heroes and their journeys in Greek myths. Film was the spark that ignited his love of Classics. He is inspired by what we can learn from Classics, particularly Classical writers. For example, Aristotle gives some splendid advice on decision-making, requiring both theoretical and practical knowledge, which is just as relevant for making decisions today.

Dr Christina Tsaknaki, BA, MSt, PhD
Teacher of Classics

 IB Extended Essay Coordinator

Dr Tsaknaki teaches Latin and Ancient Greek. She joined Brentwood School in 2016, after submitting her PhD in Latin Literature at the University of Cambridge, where she also taught Latin language and literature for three years. She has a BA in Classics from the University of Athens and an MSt from the University of Oxford. In addition to her teaching, she assists with swimming. Dr Tsaknaki knew she wanted to study Classics from the moment she was introduced to Ancient Greek at age 11. For years a devoted Hellenist, she fell in love with Latin when she first read Ovid during her undergraduate degree. She was so fascinated by him that she went on to complete her PhD on his exile poetry. Although literature is her favourite aspect of Classics, what draws her to the subject is its immense variety. When she isn’t reading poetry, she enjoys travelling to Classical lands, from the world-famous Athens to the less visited Constanța, Ovid’s resting place.

Mr Michael Whetnall, BA
Teacher of Classics

Mr Whetnall teaches Latin and Ancient Greek. He has a degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and joined Brentwood School in 2018, after teaching at Eton College and King’s College School, Cambridge. Mr Whetnall’s love for storytelling and mythology was what drew him to Classics and, after studying Classical Civilisation at school, he dived headfirst into learning Latin and Ancient Greek at University. Homer, Ovid, and Virgil are, of course, his favourite authors, but he also has a real passion for Greek Tragedy, and the storytelling of the ancient stage.

Miss Megan Swettenham, BA
Teacher of Classics