Primary School: Latymer All Saints
My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: My hopes for The Latymer School were really very high. I had imagined it would be much bigger in size compared to my primary school. I knew we would study a lot more subjects and that a lot more challenging homework would be given to me. I felt a bit afraid considering what my friends and family were telling me secondary school was like and how it was no laughing matter.
Only now that I am in secondary school do I realise that the teachers are most helpful and not scary at all. I found out the school is not too big, and teaching is to a very high standard. I have found out the subjects I like and I am learning a lot from my secondary school.
I now understand why the teachers from my primary school and my parents always encouraged me to do well. I realise they were right and they were just trying to push me to be the best that I can be. Overall, my expectations have been met and I am excited about my upcoming experiences, projects and activities.
The biggest change between primary and secondary school: The biggest change between primary and secondary school is that I went from being in the oldest year group, Year 6 in primary school, to the youngest year group, Year 7, in secondary school. The size of my primary school was not so big, and so Latymer seemed massive in size: the playground, the people inside, the field, the Sports Hall, the Gymnasium: everything! For the first couple of weeks, it was pretty hard to find my way around. I was always asking people for directions, getting lost, and I went late to class a few times, but now I know my way.
Graduating from primary school into Year 7 in secondary school was unsettling because some of my friends were hard to say goodbye to. In Year 6, we got to work hard and play a lot and there were some really nice teachers who I found hard to leave; on the other hand, I still see some of my friends from my primary school because a few are also in the same secondary school . I feel lucky because on my first day of secondary school it was nice to see some familiar faces from primary school which helped me to make new friends in secondary school.
My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer: My most memorable time at Latymer so far has been House Sport: our group did netball in the Sports Hall and we did really well. Even though this was only a couple of weeks after I had joined the school, it was really fun because by then I had started making friends which made me feel comfortable and helped me to talk to other people I didn’t know before.
Now, I play with those people every day and most of the people I talk to are in my form so I get to see them all the time, and I hope that I get to meet more people like them to make new friends. Believe it or not, there are still quite a few teachers that I am yet to meet, but I look forward to that too.
I feel very special and supported at Latymer, especially now I have made new friends. I love it when my friends are around and hopefully I won’t be afraid to talk to others and make friends with them some day.
Primary School: St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School
My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: When I found out I was going to go to Latymer, I was shocked but incredibly glad that I had managed to pass the test and that my hard work prior to the entrance exams had proved worthwhile. All that being said, however, my excitement soon turned into worry; how would I fit in? I remember my friend saying that everyone at the school carried golden calculators in their pockets and were very posh. Though I knew that this was only a joke, and that my friend was being sarcastic, I was still worried as I was the only one from my primary school who was going to Latymer. My worries soon disappeared, though, as I realised that my friend had managed to get in via the waiting list. Knowing that I wouldn’t be the only one from my primary school going to Latymer was a very reassuring thought.
The biggest change between primary and secondary school: There were many differences between my primary school and Latymer. At Latymer we had more homework, and there were more students and teachers. Latymer was a lot bigger, and lessons were longer and more challenging. There were small differences, like the fact we bought our own lunches with cards, however the most striking change was how early I had to wake up! During my time a primary school, I would wake up at nine and sprint down the road in order to get to school, whereas I now have to wake up much earlier in order to catch the W8 and make it to Latymer on time.
The most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: As expected, Latymer offers a great deal to students, however, I am certain that a lot of students’ answers to this question, mine included, would be our trip to Cwm in Wales. The school owns a centre in North Wales which Year 7s and 9s go to and enjoy many activities: rock and mountain climbing (my class managed to climb near the top of Snowdon in Year 9!), raft building, caving, motorboat driving, bushcraft, and much more. The activities are really fun and help to create great friendships between students.
Primary School: Latymer All Saints My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: My thoughts about Latymer prior to joining the school was that it seemed a very intelligent school with very high standards. Furthermore, I thought Latymer had a peculiar aura around it with both positive and negative stigmas when looking through different people’s perspectives. This almost meant that the school seemed quite intimidating as you don’t quite know how you matched up to your peers in certain aspects like education and knowledge. However, through hearing various positive stories from people having gone to the school, it gave me the impression that the school was diverse and very welcoming.
The biggest change between primary and secondary school: The biggest change between primary and secondary school were the responsibilities that were given to you, for example being in charge of how you do things like managing your own learning. There were also smaller changes, like finding out how to navigate your way around the school and adjusting to new social groups and friends, but these were only short term along.
My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: The most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far was going onto the ski trip in the spring term of 2017 as it was an exhilarating experience. Not only was I learning how to ski, but I managed to build strong relationships and amazing memories from the resort in Zell Am See, Austria.
Primary School: Houndsfield Primary School
My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: Before I joined Latymer, I was already aware of the wonderful reputation the school had and the amazing facilities available. My primary school friends and I would often discuss which secondary schools we wanted to attend, and Latymer was always the most popular option. Even though it was quite daunting knowing that there would be a test involved to apply for the school, my passion to join Latymer heavily outweighed my fears. I was completely convinced the Latymer School was the perfect school for me.
The biggest change between primary and secondary school: The change from primary to secondary school was a massive leap for me personally. Everything seemed so much busier and bigger, and I was impatient to finally start secondary school. Although I was completely excited, I was afraid of all the new people and the daily routine of secondary school. However, there were always people to help me adjust to life at Latymer, including all the teachers and the friends I quickly made. As soon as I adjusted to the rhythm of secondary school, it was as if I had been at Latymer all along!
My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: The most memorable and treasured moment during my time at Latymer was undoubtedly my experiences at Cwm, both in year 7 and 9. Latymer owns a centre in North Wales, and you get to visit for an activities holiday twice over your time at the school. All the activities that we did, the bonds I formed, and the memories I cherished with my form all helped to consider Cwm a once-(or twice!) -in-a-lifetime experience in my book. I remember the pleasure of working together with my classmates as if it were yesterday, and I will remember them for the years to come. Cwm is – without a shadow of a doubt – one of the greatest moments I had ever experienced during my time at Latymer amongst the many others, and I know that many more future students will agree.
Primary School: Starks Field Primary School
My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: You’ve been offered a place at the Latymer School. Possibly the most daunting nine words I have ever read in my life. Latymer back then was one of those faraway dreams that only those steady in the confidence of their intelligence would even dare wish true. Born as an only child into a family with relatively high expectations (before I’m thirty: get a PhD, become a doctor, dabble in a bit of law and if there’s time learn to speak Urdu fluently), Latymer was only supposed to be no more than a brief chapter in the book. This was anything but the case for me. To an antisocial, slightly awkward 11 year old girl with a grouchy attitude, 7 years at a grammar school amongst people of ‘above average intelligence’ seemed somewhat more than ‘a brief chapter’. If anything, it was to be the most exciting, educational and compelling chapter of my life so far.
The biggest change between primary and secondary school: Similar to every other helpless bordering-the-edge-of-teenage-yet-still-children children, I was subjected to the odd 11+ practice paper every now and again. I considered this ritual at the time a dangerous level of exposure to my worst phobia: exams under timed conditions. I think that now, caught in the heady midst of my GCSEs, I have come to the realisation that the more of a subject you learn and enjoy, the more bearable the tests become. It was a worry of mine that studying multiple subjects would become too challenging and demanding, and that halfway through my Latymer career I would have to drop out as a result of the stress levels ricocheting sky-high caused by the heavy workload. I am glad to say that this was nothing more than the anxious thoughts of a small girl, and as I write this, I am able to look back and smile at the worries of my younger self. My time here at Latymer has been nothing short of a dream – the education is worth every sliver of praise it has received; teachers are dedicated beyond belief; and friendships are formed that will last a lifetime.
My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: There is no single moment from my five years at Latymer that I would consider the most memorable. The school offers so many extracurricular activities and trips that even now, the 5-year-old in me squeals in excitement every time a trip is announced. The Latymer staff try harder than any other school I know to physically engage their pupils in the classwork, whether it be crazy class lab practicals, or visits abroad to win the interests of the students. The language exchanges were without a doubt some of my favourite school trips, as I had the rare and fantastic opportunity to live as a native in Gladbeck, Germany for a week. Educational excursions such as these are seldom offered in other London schools, even the independent ones, so I am extremely grateful for Latymer having hosted some of my best memories during my years here, ones which are sure to stay with me for the rest of my life.