How to get into Latymer Upper School

Aliya Mrochuk

August 12, 2016

If you want to get into Latymer Upper School, then that's what we want, too! So, here’s our handy guide to Latymer’s fees, admissions, exams and more.

Latymer Upper School

Type: Independent coeducational day school, ages 11 - 18

Fees: £6170, per term

Latymer fees include Personal Accident Insurance, but exclude costs incurred by lunches, music tuition, and the School Fees Protection Scheme. For more details or information on how and when to pay your fees, click here.

Current Head: David Goodhew

About Latymer Upper School
Latymer Upper School was established in 1624 by the Latymer Foundation and its namesake, Edward Latymer. Latymer dedicated a portion of his estate to the care and education of eight disadvantaged boys. Today, the school welcomes over 1,200 pupils to its classrooms each year.

Latymer’s envisions “first and foremost a 'learning school', vibrant, global in perspective, innovative in its teaching and learning and combining the best of the traditional and the modern.”

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How do I know if Latymer Upper School is right for me?
While guides and reviews are helpful, there is nothing quite like visiting the school for yourself. Latymer hosts several Open Days throughout the fall that will allow you and your family to get a better feel for the school before deciding if you’d like to register.

Open Days for 2018 entry are on Saturday 9th September and Saturday 7th of october, and welcomes all students who will be entering 11+ in 2017. Likewise, the Open Day for students intending to enter Sixth Form in 2017 will be held on 20th September at 6pm. Both events require tickets, so please contact Latymer’s Admissions Office to book your place.

Admissions Policy
If your child is entering at 11+ or 16+, they must complete the online registration form before 16th October at 12.00 noon.

The school will then contact 11+ students mid-december to arrange their entrance examination date in January. If they do well on their exams, students will also be invited to interview with a senior member of staff later that month. Offers are then made in early February.

After registration, candidates applying to 16+ with a favorable personal statement, year 10 report and current school reference will be invited to interview in late November. Offers are made a few weeks after.

What are Latymer Upper School interviews and examinations like, and how can I do well?
On average, 1100 pupils sit Latymer’s 11+ entrance exam each year. Students will write two two-part papers in English and Maths. The English paper is divided into a multiple choice section that focuses on linguistics, terminology and non-fiction, and a creative writing section that focuses on grammar and expression. Likewise, the Maths paper includes a multiple choice section and a short and long answer section, both of which will cover up to KS2. Around 400 students will then be called back for an  interview, 170 of whom will be invited to attend Latymer in the fall.

Students applying at 16+ will be assessed via personal statement, their year 10 school report, a reference from their current school, and an interview with Latymer staff. The personal statement will include why your child choose Latymer school, their short and long term academic goals, and what they will contribute to Latymer’s culture and academics. Selected students will then be interviewed the following November.

Latymer mails specimen papers to 11+ students upon registration that will help your son or daughter prepare for their exams. Although there is no exam portion to 16+ admissions, you can still prepare by buffing up your interview skills, revising with an online resource centre, or booking a private tutor to write the perfect personal statement.

You can also search Tutorfair and our fantastic selection of Admissions tutors. We also have experienced 11 plus tutors.

Good luck!
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