Latymer Upper School is ‘one of the leading co-educational day schools in the country’ and thus seen as one of the absolute best in London. Founded in 1624 by Edward Latymer, the school was originally for the education of poor boys from Hammersmith – a small group of only 8 to begin with. This attitude of helping others and including those with less has persisted until today, and the school has made waves for its goal to have one in four pupils receiving a bursary by the year 2024. It’s already at a figure of one in five, so this is certainly achievable. The school today has more than 1400 pupils, an equal mixture of boys and girls.
Alongside the goal to widen access to the school, Edward Latymer’s vision remains too in the fact that community outreach is a prominent part of the sixth form, with pupils volunteering in a range of different roles and locations.
As well as its charitable ambitions, the school manages to consistently top leaderboards and receive awards. TES, the education publication, recently awarded Latymer three different awards – Best Independent School, Best Senior School, and Best Independent-State Partnership. They concluded that it is ‘putting the best possible case for being a public school in this day and age.’
As a result, of its success, admission is highly competitive – there are an incredible 11 applicants for each place at 11+.
The most recent results are very strong, with 96% of GCSEs being graded 7-9 (A and A*) whilst 80% of A Levels were graded A*- A. 15% of students go to Oxbridge, and many are now also heading to the US to study at Ivy League institutions.
The school states that it has ‘chosen what we see to be the best parts of the British education system’ and combined this with additional inspiration from elsewhere. This means that there are courses like Global Goals in Year 9, or the World Perspectives course at GCSE. Additionally, Electives in Sixth Form allow students to move outside of the traditional curriculum in search of more challenges.
At GCSE, the core subjects are English and English Literature, Mathematics, two of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), a Modern Language, and the internally assessed World Perspectives course. Additionally, students can choose from optional subjects. These are:
Biology/Chemistry/Physics, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, Greek, History, Geography, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Drama, Design, Art and Music.
The school sets its own English and Mathematics papers – samples are available on the website, although there are no answers or mark scheme. There is one maths paper of 60 minutes’ duration, and two English papers covering comprehension (35 minutes) and creative writing (45 minutes). There is a 20 minute break after the Maths paper. Students that do well in this exam will be invited back to the School for an interview so that staff can ‘assess whether Latymer is the right school for them.’
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