2 May 2023
A Classics teacher at Loughborough Grammar School, Mireya Gonzalez Rodriguez, has been presented with the ‘Making Classics More Inclusive Award’ at the 2023 Classical Association Teachers Awards.
Mireya initiated an outstanding programme of Classics lectures at the Loughborough Schools Foundation delivered by world-leading scholars such as Emily Hauser, Edith Hall and Llewellyn Morgan. The lectures are open to everyone, without charge, and were started by Mireya during the first lockdown. The lectures proved incredibly successful, with hundreds of staff, students, and members of the public regularly attending them.
The Classical Association is an educational charity, dedicated to making classical subjects widely accessible. The CA 2023 Awards, in partnership with Bloomsbury Academic, recognise outstanding teaching and innovative pre-university education initiatives.
Mireya has also created an outreach programme in Cyprus where students from the Loughborough Schools Foundation teach classical subjects to primary-aged children of those in the British Forces to introduce them to the classical world and inspire their curiosity of the Classics.
Mireya said: “My aim was to make classics more inclusive through enrichment and outreach and I’m so pleased to have been able to achieve this. I am grateful for the recognition – it was very unexpected!”
The Loughborough Schools Foundation is a foundation of four schools comprising: Fairfield Prep School (boys and girls 3–11), Loughborough Grammar School (boys 10–18), Loughborough Amherst School (boys and girls 4–18) and Loughborough High School (girls 11–18). The schools operate under one governing body and are situated on two neighbouring campuses in the town. The Foundation also includes The Loughborough Nursery for children from 6 weeks to 4 years.