The Specialists

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Greek school visits for education.  We provide a living history and reenactment service as historical interpreters to bring the excitement of real history to your classroom.


Some of the locations we travel to for our Romans workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire , Warwickshire, Leamington, Leicester, Hinckley Nottingham Loughborough Coventry , Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Swadlincote, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, RutlandNorthampton, Coventry,  Warwick, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon.





Invite a Spartan Hoplite into your school and be transported back in time.


In local schools, two Specialists can attend and two form entry schools will get Specialist-led sessions for all children all day.  Further afield, two and three form entry schools can be accommodated with some teacher-led sessions and we have enough resources for all children to be occupied on Greek sessions all day.

Greek School Visit

Greek Life

This session is structured in three separate but related sections which the children carousel around throughout the session.  It offers an amazing opportunity to handle many authentic objects most of which are of museum quality.

























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Here is an outline of the typical Greek school visit:


The Specialists will introduce themelves in costume and in role before discussing Greek life in general.  Then some of the children will be chosen for dressing up.


The Spartan Hoplite

In this session, Greek warfare will be discussed.

Medicine Making


Children are directed in how to mix authentic ancient Greek medicines from ingredients provided by The Specialists.


This session incorporates art/DT.

Pastimes, Olympics and board games

Dressing Up/Object Handling


Children can dress up in child-size ancient Greek clothing and handle a range of museum quality replica pottery.

Greek Myths & Storytelling


We always end the day with storytelling as a whole group, usually a Greek myth told in the oral traditional - from memory.


We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role.  This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions as people from the past would do.  This historical interpreter's commitment to authenticity is tempered with a teacher's sense of appropriateness though - so we do not swear (as some reenactors will in school, claiming that this was the way it was!).  Our focus is on the educational experience for the children and what serves them best, so the sessions are interactive and involve everyone.



Replica reed pens and ink are used to copy ingredients for  Greek medicines and information on the gods (paper   to be provided in school, please).

Greek pastimes are discussed and children have the opportunity to play with a range an authentic ancient Greek board game.  Then comes the full class reenactment of the ancient Olympics (fully clothed and with a range of child-friendly resources!)


Greek Mosaics

SEN Schools

We are experienced in working with children of a range of ages and abilities.  We understand the need for explorative learning and incorporate sensory opportunities. Our Greek visit into SEN schools is less structured and will try to meet the needs of the children. Please get in touch to discuss your specific class and their needs with us. If required, we can visit in costume but not in role (to reduce confusion).


The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your location and other factors (see our Terms and Conditions).

Full days can be booked up to one hour's drive from our base.  Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes drive from our base.


Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)

The full day rate is £265.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)

Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)

The reduced full day rate is £220.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)

Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)

The full day rate for two Specialists is £320.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (£1.10 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)

Half day

Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £170.00 from Autumn 2018 (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)

These rates will be in place for all sessions in 2018-19 and there are no hidden costs.  Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C's.


Greg and Lisa McCarthy have many years of experience working with children. Greg is a teacher and Lisa a former Occupational Therapist in learning disabilities. Both have full CRB's and public liability insurance.


Replica resources are meticulously researched and as authentic to the period as possible; mainly of museum standard. 

This session can be presented by the Spartan. Children work on a small section of a larger class mosaic which will be assembled for display by the end of the session.  (We email the templates for teachers to print out.  Paper and glue to be provided in school, please.)


Nationwide, this session is adapted to be teacher-led and and incorporates Art/DT skills.

Currently under construction, this page will shortly detail our Greek visit which will be available to school from Autumn 2018

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