Details of the 2021 Competition will be released in Autumn 2020. See below for an example of the competition guidelines, based on the 2020 Competition which was won by Connor Irving of Clarendon Sixth Form College.

Classics Competition 2020

The Presentation

The competition is open to all students aged 11-19 years old who would like to write and deliver a presentation on ‘Which three characters from the Ancient World would you invite to a party and why?’. Please discuss your chosen characters with your teacher before beginning work on your presentation. A ‘character’ can be a real person, a fictional or mythological character. The Ancient World may include the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Your presentation must be all your own work. Most students deliver a Powerpoint presentation but you can choose any style or format you like as long as it’s suitable for delivery in a school hall setting. It must be delivered in 15 minutes or less. Please note that if you reach the Final, in order to be fair to all contestants and for the Final to run on time, you will be asked to stop after 15 minutes whether you have finished or not so please practise and time your presentation to ensure this doesn’t happen to you!

There is no entry fee. Finalists must be willing to appear in publicity about the competition. Heats are held within your school and it is up to each school to decide on how they choose their winning presentation.

The Video 

Please upload the video of your school/college’s winning presentation to YouTube  Guidance on uploading films is available here. You may find it helpful to ensure your video is less than 15 minutes in length; do not worry if this means not all of the presentation is recorded – your entry will not be penalised.

Please state in the description of your video that your presentation is an entry for the ‘Lytham St Annes Classical Association Classics Competition 2020’ and include the following disclaimer: The views and opinions in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association.

Please email the LSA CA Secretary with notification of the title, and the name, school year, age and school/college of the presenter, as well as a link to the YouTube video, by 6pm on Thursday 6th February 2020. Entries received earlier than the deadline are very welcome; entries received after the deadline will be disregarded.


6th February   Winning entry from each school must be received by the LSA CA Secretary

10th February Schools will be informed if their entry has reached the Final

7th March        Classics Competition Final at AKS Lytham

The LSA CA committee will watch all the videos, produce a shortlist and then choose four Finalists. Its decision is final and no feedback about the entries will be given to schools.

All shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the Final as guests of the Association and will receive a LSA CA Classics Competition Certificate.

The Final

If you are chosen as a Finalist, you must be able to deliver your presentation at the LSA CA Classics Competition Final on Saturday 7th March 2020 at 2pm at AKS Lytham, Clifton Drive South, FY8 1DT. Travel bursaries may be available if the cost of travel would prevent you from attending.

The event is free of charge and you are encouraged to attend with your teacher, family and friends. At the Final, a sound system, USB port, screen and lectern will be provided. Any other requirements must be discussed in advance with LSA CA and may need to be provided by you or your school. Handouts may be produced, if desired, but you or your school will need to provide 100 copies for distribution amongst the audience.

The decision of the 2020 judges – Professor Edith Hall and Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson – is final.

Audience members can order free tickets for the Final here. 

Lunch with the Judges and LSA CA Committee

Each Finalist and their two guests are invited to a buffet lunch at 12 for 12.30 pm with the judges and committee before the Final and they will be sent further details of the day’s arrangements. If travel arrangements mean Finalists cannot make the lunch, this is not a problem but they will need to be at AKS Lytham no later than 1 pm. There is ample free parking at the school.


1st Prize                     £200, a Classics book, Certificate, LSA CA Classics Champion Trophy and the LSA CA Classics Competition School Trophy

2nd Prize                   £100, a Classics book and a Finalist certificate

3rd and 4th Prizes  £50, a Classics book and a Finalist certificate each


2019 Classics Competition Finalists with VIPs and Judge Professor Michael Scott


The winning student will receive the LSA CA Classics Champion Trophy 2019 which is theirs to keep.


The 2018 Finalists with their prizes

The school of the winning student will also be awarded the prestigious LSA CA Classics Competition School Trophy to be held for one year. Schools will be responsible for engraving their name and year, and for the safekeeping and return of the Trophy in time for the following year’s competition. Please let the LSA CA Secretary know in good time if she will need to order a new School Trophy for any reason.

Further Information

You do not need to be a member of the LSA Classical Association to participate in the competition. If you wish to join, student membership is £5 per year (further details are available at or ask your teacher if your school has Educational Membership of LSA CA.

Please direct any queries to Jayne Kelly, Secretary, LSA Classical Association by email at Please do not contact the venue.

We hope you will have a go at entering this year’s Classics Competition, and we wish you GOOD LUCK!