Is Latymer a fee paying school?
No. Latymer is a state school so fees are not applicable.
How do students travel to the school?
Currently, travel to the school is by public transport.
How long is the school day?
Morning registration starts at 8.40am and the school day finishes at 3.45pm. However, there are some early finishes which are determined at the start of each academic year.
Can children apply from outside the published Inner Area?
Yes but priority for places will be given to children who reside in the Inner Area.
Are there a fixed number of places allocated to each Borough?
Is priority given to siblings?
No. Fully selective grammar schools cannot prioritise siblings.
What about admission for twins or triplets?
Because there is no sibling policy at the school, please be aware of the possibility that not all of your children being successful in gaining admission to the school.
Do you have to take equal numbers of boys and girls?
No. The gender in each year group is intended to be equal but this is not always the case and schools cannot prioritise on gender.
Do both genders follow the same curriculum?
Yes. Boys and girls are taught in mixed classes for all subjects except some aspects of PE.
What modern foreign languages are taught?
In Year 7 pupils study either French or German. In Year 8 all pupils begin a second language chosen from French, German, Russian and Latin.
Do all applicants have to sit the Assessment Tests?
Yes. There are no exceptions to this criterion.
Who sets and marks the Assessment Tests?
The Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning test is provided and marked by a national test provider, using Optical Mark Recognition (OMR). The written English test is set and marked by the English Department at the school.
Do you make allowances for age?
Yes. For all tests, the raw scores are standardised and age weighted.
What should I bear in mind when completing the Common Application Form (CAF) which goes to my Local Authority?
You must name your secondary school preferences in strict order and also be familiar with each individual school’s admissions criteria. These criteria will assist you when deciding your preferences. You must also submit your CAF by the national deadline (normally 31 October).
If you put Latymer as a first preference but do not qualify for a place at the school, the Local Authority will look to offer you your second preference school. This, in effect, becomes your first preference; if your child does not qualify for your second preference school, the local authority goes to your third preference, etc.
Is there a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to be completed for Latymer?
No. Only our online registration form needs to be completed together with the Common Application Form (CAF).
Can I apply for a child with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND)?
Yes. A child with a special educational need or disability is welcome to apply in the usual way. Their application will be treated in the same way as all other applicants. There is a section on the online registration form to indicate a special educational need or disability. We will be guided by current provision at their primary school in deciding if special facilities need to be provided for the assessment tests. We will inform you in writing of any decision about special arrangements for the assessment tests. If your child is finally offered a place at Latymer, the Head of Learning Support will liaise with you and the primary school in order to put in place any relevant support.
Can I apply for a Music place?
These are places for those of exceptional musical standard, which we deem to be at or above Grade 5 Distinction or equivalent. Those seeking these places have to sit the entrance tests in any case and governors must be convinced that the student can access the Latymer curriculum at the same pace as all other students. In practice, the majority of these students are quite often found to be in the top 192 applicants in the assessment tests.
Can I apply for a Pupil Premium place?
Yes. For the school’s Pupil Premium Policy please refer to https://www.latymer.co.uk/user/pages/01.school/11.policies/Pupil%20Premium%20Policy.pdf
When can successful applicants visit the School?
Successful applicants are invited to an induction half day in the summer term which gives the children an opportunity to see the school in operation, take part in lessons and to meet their form tutor and other children who will be in their form group.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes. After the initial round of offers is complete in March, fifty children are put on our waiting list in rank order of the assessment tests. We write to tell you if your child is on the waiting list and the waiting list position.
How do I appeal against the decision not to offer my child a place in Year 7?
Firstly, you will need to inform the Governors, in writing, of your wish to appeal; you will then be sent a form on which you state the reason(s) for your appeal. Procedure and paperwork will be sent to you in advance of your appeal hearing. All appeals are heard in April or May by an independent panel of three in an informal atmosphere at the school. Please note that you can only use the appeals procedure for schools that you have named on the Common Application Form (CAF).
Are there opportunities to join Latymer at a later date?
Yes. For further information please view our current admissions document and refer to ‘In Year Admissions (KS3/KS4) Year 8 to Year 10’.
Always refer to the school website for up to date information regarding admission to Year 7