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The Latymer School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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The Latymer School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022


Looking for a comprehensive guide to the Latymer Grammar School’s entrance exam? We've collated all the information you need to know about the testing process, how to register and how to help your child to prepare for the test.

The Latymer School is a non-fee-paying grammar school in the London Borough of Enfield. (It is a separate school entirely to the fee paying Latymer Upper School, also in London.) This co-educational grammar school was founded in 1624 and is a consistent first choice school for thousands of parents due to its excellent record of exam results as well as its holistic approach.

The school’s A Level results are a clear indicator of its effectiveness, with 93% grades A*-B achieved in 2021. The Latymer School boasts impressive facilities, encouraging development across not only your child’s academic potential but fostering a love for creative pursuits also.

The Latymer School 11 plus at a glance

  • Address: Haselbury Road, Edmonton, N9 9TN

  • County: Greater London

  • Number of pupils: 1,365

  • Number of places in Year 7: 192

  • Registration opens: 11th May 2022

  • Registration closes: 11th July 2022

  • Open day: 30th June 2022

  • Exam date: 2nd, 3rd or 4th September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessment (maths and verbal reasoning) and school’s own (English)

  • Results: October 2022 (provisional results date)

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2023 (or next working day)

  • Admissions information: [email protected]

  • Appeals: heard by an independent appeal panel

The Latymer School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for The Latymer School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 18th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

The Latymer School catchment area

Priority is given to applicants who live in the following postcodes: E2, E4, E5, E8, E9, E17, EN1, EN2, EN3, EN4, EN5 (Sectors 1, 2, 4, 5 only), EN8 (Sectors 7, 8, 9 only), N1 (not N1C), N2, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, N8, N9, N10, N11, N12, N13, N14, N15, N16, N17, N18, N19, N20, N21, N22.

How to apply for The Latymer School

You can register your child to sit the Latymer 11 plus test via the online submission form on the school’s website once registration opens on 11th May 2022.

The school is a member of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. To apply to the Latymer School, you must name the school on the Common Application Form (CAF), which is issued by your Local Authority.

You must also complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for your child to sit the compulsory assessment tests. The online SIF will be available on the Latymer School’s website only, from 11th May 2022 until 11th July 2022.

There are a small number of places (up to 20) available for those with exceptional musical standard; your child will still need to sit the academic entrance exam in order to be considered under this criterion. Additional musical criteria application forms are also available on the school’s website.

Latymer School’s 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus entrance exam for Latymer School is split into 2 papers. The first paper is created by GL Assessment and covers verbal reasoning and maths. The second paper is written by the school themselves, focusing on English reading comprehension and a creative writing task. Each paper is about 60 minutes long, with each section lasting 30 minutes.

The test is designed to be challenging: your child’s academic potential will be tested alongside their problem-solving skills and the ability to work under time pressure. Sample papers for the English test can be found on the school's website here.

For more information about what is covered on the 11 plus and how to prepare, check out Atom's complete guide to the 11 plus here.

The Latymer School admissions process

There is no specific pass mark for the Latymer 11 plus exam. The first paper (maths and verbal reasoning) is marked via computer by an external marking body. These scores are then age standardised to make sure children born later in the year don’t have a disadvantage.

These scores are then ranked highest to lowest. Applicants with a ranking position between 1 and 650 will have their second paper (reading and creative writing) marked by staff at the school, and the raw score added to the verbal reasoning and maths raw scores. This will produce re-standardised age related results for the top 650 cohort (rank 1 being the highest position, rank 650 being the lowest).

After this list has been determined, the school’s governors will select the 192 applicants to whom they wish to offer places. 50 applicants will be held on a waiting list. The list of top 650 applicants will be sent to the London Borough of Enfield who coordinate with all other boroughs to allocate school places.

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Parents will be notified, usually in October before the CAF deadline, of the likelihood of their child receiving a firm offer of a place based on their ranking after all tests have been marked. The final outcome of this process will be communicated to parents by their own Local Authority on National Offers day early in March.

There are exceptions for children who are high on the school’s oversubscription priority list (those who are under Local Authority care, Pupil Premium funded pupils and those applying under the exceptional musical talent). These pupils must be within the top 900 for their second paper to be marked. Under the governors’ discretion they are able to audition up to 30 candidates in line with the exceptional musical talent criterion.

How competitive is Latymer School’s 11 plus test?

The 11 plus entrance exam for Latymer School is known to be very competitive, with thousands of children each year competing for a place in the top 650 scoring candidates, advancing to the top 192 who are offered a place. There is a waiting list your child can be placed on if they meet the qualifying standard but are not offered a place. The waiting list is in order of scores and includes only 50 children.

There is an appeals process if your child is not offered a place for Year 7, these are organised through the school’s admissions team and are taken by an independent panel.

When should I begin preparing my child for the Latymer School 11 plus test?

Usually, the 11 plus preparation journey begins at the end of Year 4 or beginning of Year 5. It's a good idea to ensure your child is secure with the curriculum content before beginning targeted exam preparation. If needed, core curriculum programmes will help to boost attainment and confidence before tackling exam preparations.

How can I help my child prepare for the Latymer School 11 plus?

Friendly familiarisation: verbal reasoning questions can be confusing to children who are not used to these question types. It is advisable that your child is confident with all known question formats, so they can tackle them with ease on exam day.

With Atom's Exam Preparation Plus package, your child will gain access to unlimited Mock Tests in the format and style of the Enfield 11 plus exams.

London Enfield Grammar Schools 11 plus maths and verbal reasoning mock tests

Read widely: expanding your child’s vocabulary across traditional and contemporary texts will support their understanding of complex words and those not heard in everyday conversation. This will stand them in good stead for the English section of the test. Find free resources for engaging your child with reading here.

Focus on their needs: tailoring exam practice to your child’s needs is the best way to stay on track. Atom’s adaptive learning algorithm personalises your child’s optimal learning journey to master everything they need to achieve entry into their target school. Data-driven insights give you a window into your child’s progress and where to focus next.

You can also set Custom Practices to target your child's most challenging subtopics, with functions to personalise timings and question types:

Setting a Custom Practice for your child on Atom's Parent Portal

Start your free 5-day trial of Atom Nucleus today to learn more about how adaptive learning can empower your child to shine in the 11 plus.

We know how crucial this time is, so our team is on hand to support you and your family every step of the way. You can book a call with one of our Education Experts to ask any questions you may have about the Latymer School:

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