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House system

Learn more about our Form Groups and Houses.

Form groups and Year groups

In Years 7-11 there are 192 pupils in each year group. The year group is split into six Form Groups (one for each of the school houses), which remain unchanged through Years 7 to 11. The Form groups meet for registration daily, as well as spending extended form periods and assemblies three times in a timetable cycle (lasting two weeks).

In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in their Form Groups for the majority of their lessons. From Year 9 onwards, students remain in their Form Groups for morning registration, pastoral time and some of their lessons. However, to help further develop friendships within the year group, at this stage students are taught for some of their lessons with students from other Form Groups.

Form Tutors remain with their group as they move through Years 7 to 11, allowing them to form strong relationships with students. In Years 7 and 8 Form Tutors are also responsible for the teaching of Relationship and Sex Education within Form Groups, through the school’s Personal Development Curriculum

The Latymer House system

The traditional House System is embedded in the longstanding heritage of the Latymer School. Named after historical figures and patrons, our six houses are:

  • Ashworth: Richard Ashworth was Headmaster of the school between 1920 and 1928.
  • Dolbe: the Reverend Charles Vincent Dolbe, M.A., LL.B was Headmaster from 1867.
  • Keats: John Keats, born in 1795, was a romantic poet who was educated at the Revd Mr Clarke's school in Enfield.
  • Lamb: Charles Lamb (1786-1834) was an English essayist with Welsh heritage, who died in Edmonton.
  • Latymer: Edward Latymer (1557-1626) was the founder of our school.
  • Wyatt: Ann Wyatt gave £500 5% Navy Annuities to build a new school (our school) in 1811, and £100 in the same securities for its maintenance.

The houses form an important part of school life. On arrival, students are allocated to one of the houses via their Form Group, and have the chance to socialise with fellow house members from across the school by taking part in house activities. In this way, students are able to build a close-knit community and form links between year groups.

Such activities are generally run by the school’s Senior Pupils, but Senior House staff also play an integral role in the system, helping to enthuse students and coordinate events and assemblies. The houses operate competitively, participating in numerous sporting activities, including netball, tennis, football and hockey tournaments, as well as music and drama competitions. The results of each house competition are weighted and points awarded to each house. The house with the most points at the end of the year receives the Dormer Shield. The runner-up receives the Jones Cup.

The house colours are as follows:

Ashworth: sky blue
Dolbe: royal blue

Keats: red
Lamb: purple

Latymer: green
Wyatt: yellow

The House System offers students an equally important opportunity to make a positive contribution to wider society. Each year the houses organise community service activities and raise much needed money for local and national charities. Students are able to choose the charity they would like their house to donate to, and vote on how to best fundraise. Annual events include the Christmas Bazaar, run by Dolbe and Keats, cake sales, Valentine’s Day greetings letters and non-uniform days.