Latymer Upper School is one of London’s leading co-educational independent schools. The school was founded in the 17th century by lawyer Edward Latymer, who bestowed his wealth on a grant to educate ‘eight poore boys’ from Hammersmith. This legacy continues in the 21st century and is evident in the school’s ongoing bursary campaign, Inspiring Minds – the aim of which is to raise enough funds to offer one in four children means-tested financial assistance, making Latymer School one of the most socially inclusive in the country.
Pupils at Latymer School study a broad and stimulating curriculum in Years 7 and 8. In addition to the traditional core subjects of English, maths and science (the latter of which is taught as three separate timetabled subjects), pupils have a further 13 subjects on the timetable including Mandarin, computer coding and design. Pupils study 10 GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, alongside the school’s tailor-made World Perspectives course – an interdisciplinary curriculum which draws on geography, politics and economics to give pupils a broader understanding of modern world issues. Exam results are exceptionally high at Latymer School’ in 2021, 76 students achieved straight 9-8 (A*) grades at GCSE (and 94% of all GCSE results were 9-7), while 82% of A level results were A*/A.
In 2018, the educational publication TES awarded Latymer Upper School three prestigious awards: Best Independent School, Best Senior School and Best Independent-State Partnership. The school’s commitment to philanthropy is evident in its strong and mutually beneficial relationships with organisations, charities and state schools in the local community and beyond. All 200 students in the Lower Sixth regularly participate in service in the community as part of their timetabled curriculum, local Year 6 pupils engage in debating workshops during the autumn and spring terms, and a STEM academy takes place during the spring to inspire local Year 7 and 8 pupils in science, maths and technology.
Head: Mr David Goodhew
Address: Latymer Upper School, 237 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9LR
London Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
Admissions contact: Laura Cottrell – [email protected], 020 8148 4519
Age range and gender: 7–18, co-educational
Number of pupils: 1,427
Number of places in Year 7: 128 (joining the 40 who move up from Latymer Prep)
Ratio of applicants to places: 10:1
Open day date: Saturday 10th September and Saturday 1st October 2022 – book a place online
Overview of selection procedure: Entrance exam, interview and school reference
Registration opens: Currently open – apply online
Registration closes: Monday 31st October 2022 at midday
Assessment date: Wednesday 7th December 2022
Scholarship assessment date: TBC
The school fees are Latymer Upper £7,510 per term. School lunch is not included in this cost and it is an optional additional fee of £235–£345 per term (dependent on the length of the term).
Latymer Upper School has a very generous bursary programme to ensure that talented children from all backgrounds are able to access the school’s education and facilities. Means-tested bursaries are available, providing between 25% and 100% discount on school fees, with some additional support where necessary for extras such as school trips and uniform. As a guide, a single parent family with one child and living in rented accommodation may be awarded with a 100% bursary, while a family with three children, where the parents are working with a moderate to high income, with one home that has a significant mortgage, may be awarded a 25% bursary. More details and examples are available on the Latymer Upper School website.
Two types of scholarships are also available for pupils applying for 11 plus entry to Latymer Upper School:
Academic scholarships: normally a one-off payment of £1,000 at the time of entry (although a larger financial element may be awarded at the head’s discretion).
Music Scholarships: normally consist of a fee reduction of up to 20%, although one music scholarship of up to 40% is available. Scholars will also receive free tuition on two instruments.
Art, drama and sports scholarships are only offered at 16 plus entry.
The term dates at Latymer Upper School for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 7th September – 16th December 2022
Half term: 17th–28th October 2022
Spring term: 11th January – 29th March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 18th April – 7th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
If you would like to register your child for entry to Latymer Upper School for entry to Year 7 in 2023, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £125. If you are applying for a bursary, it is possible to waive this – contact the admissions team if this applies to you.
All pupils who are registered prior to the stated deadline will then be invited to take Latymer School’s entrance exam on Wednesday 7th December 2022. Children who perform well in the exam will be shortlisted for an interview, with interviews taking place on Tuesday 10th January 2023.
All children who have passed Latymer Upper School’s entrance exam will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship on the basis of their performance – no separate application is required, and there is no an additional exam or interview.
If your child is interested in applying for an 11 plus music scholarship, Latymer Upper School holds a special open morning specific to music scholars in October of the year prior to entry. To attend this, you will need to contact the music department directly at [email protected].
Candidates for 11 plus music scholarships should be playing to Grade 5 level on their main instrument. Preference will normally be given to instrumentalists, rather than keyboard players or composers. If your child is successful in the main 11 plus entrance exam, they will be invited to attend a scholarship condition which will consist of the following assessments:
Performance of two prepared pieces (contrasting in character) on their main instrument
Read at sight a short piece of appropriate standard on their main instrument
Respond to aural, theory and general music questions appropriate to their standard
Parents will receive the outcome of their child’s application by email on Friday 10th February 2023. If your child receives a place and you would like to accept this, you will need to do so before early March 2023 (exact date TBC).
Latymer Upper School sets its own entrance exam, with three papers taking place in the following order:
Maths: a one-hour, non-calculator exam split into two sections. Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 2 maths curriculum. Find out more about 11 plus maths here.
Break: 20 minute break.
English comprehension: a 35-minute paper. Pupils will have a passage to read on one sheet of paper, and a multiple-choice answer paper. There will be 25 multiple-choice questions relating to the passage. Find out how to help develop your child’s reading comprehension exam skills here.
Creative writing: a 45-minute paper. Pupils will be given a short brief to guide their writing, and they will be assessed on their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. Learn how to help your child develop their creative writing skills here.
For 11 plus entry to Latymer Upper School, candidates are tested across the Key Stage 2 curriculum with written tests in English and maths.
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