Ysgol Latymer Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Cwm Penmachno is within the Snowdonia National Park about 5 miles from Betws y Coed. The Latymer Foundation bought a former primary school there in 1966 and has since developed it into a well equipped residential Centre, accommodating up to forty pupils and staff. All pupils in Year 7 and Year 9 have the opportunity to spend a week at the Centre, taking part in a variety of outdoor activities. These include hill walking, orienteering, mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, pony trekking, raft building and skiing. Other activities include the annual ‘Fourteen Peaks’ challenge when more senior students and staff test their stamina on an extensive programme of hill walks. More information on Cwm can be found by clicking here .

School Journeys and Exchanges

Latymer has links with schools in France, Germany and Russia and exchange visits take place regularly with the Institution St. Martin in Tours, the Heisenberg Gymnasium in Gladbeck, (Rhineland, Germany) and schools in St Petersburg and in Belarus. In recent years collaborative exchanges with the Mwambisi school in Tanzania have taken place. Our Drama students have been on tour with production tours to France, Germany and the Lake District. Many other trips take place; in the last few years our geographers have been to Iceland, classicists to Italy, artists to New York, skiers to the French Alps, canoeists to the Ardeche, and junior boy and girl footballers to Holland and Italy. Every summer our senior musicians tour in Europe and in recent years have played to audiences in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany and Tuscany. In addition there are many day visits associated with the curriculum for pupils from Year 7 to the Sixth Form, including theatres, museums, places of worship and in previous years, Vimy Ridge on the WW1 Western Front.

Music, Drama And Sport

All of these play a prominent part in the life of the School. Many of our pupils take part in musical activities and there are numerous opportunities for performance. Students are able to perform in their annual year group concerts and in whole concerts as part of one of the are five orchestras, a Concert Band, choirs and many other vocal and instrumental ensembles. These ranging in ability from Grade 3 to post-Grade 8 standard. There is usually a large-scale junior or senior musical production - recent highlights include Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz and Kiss me Kate. Senior Choir have sung carols in Trafalgar Square, as part of our fundraising for charity programme.

Drama is a very popular extra-curricular activity for pupils of all ages, with a variety of large scale and studio productions staged throughout each year. Our main school productions are in November (the Senior Play) and in July (the Junior Drama production). Recent main school plays have included Malorie Blackman's "Noughts and Crosses" (2015), "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Coram Boy". Our junior productions (with casts drawn exclusively from Years 7, 8 and 9) have included "Oliver Twist", "Hairspray" and "Private Peaceful" (2014). There are regular Studio performances of exam work by A-level and GCSE Drama students and every other year we run a popular House Drama Competition, which involves a substantial number of students from all year groups. There is an extensive sports programme for those interested in recreational sport and for those who are more competitive. Inter-school fixtures are played in many team games at all ages in the School. Individual pupils and teams have consistently achieved success and representative honours in Borough, County and National competitions. The new indoor facilities provide scope for a wider range of activities for all ages.

Other Activities

Many other activities take place, covering a wide variety of pupils’ interests. Examples are the Literary Society, the Amnesty International group, Sociology Society and the Chess Club.

There are many debating opportunities from lunchtime debates in school to representing Latymer at external competitions where we have met with considerable success at both local and national levels. The school also supports both Duke of Edinburgh and Basic Expedition Leadership Award schemes. Many 6th Form students take part in Young Enterprise(YE) Schemes. Teams regularly reach the North London Final and a Latymer team has represented London at National level.

Lecture Series

We welcome all who wish to expand their horizons, deepen their understanding and broaden their knowledge through this series of lectures. All of our guest speakers have experience and expertise in their subject and many are well known for influencing thinking in their field. They have all kindly agreed to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with us and we are grateful for the opportunity to hear and to question them. Most of our speakers work at institutions of Higher Education, but some are from outside the immediate field of education. Our intention is to listen, nourish our own minds and, where appropriate, to join in by questioning and discussion to explore ideas. We are particularly grateful to our speakers for their willingness to contribute to this programme and we wish to express our gratitude to them for doing so for our benefit. Knowing how much more can be gained from seeing and hearing first-hand we are keen to welcome students and staff both from within the Latymer School community and from our neighbouring schools. We hope that you will find this a stimulating and enjoyable event and, once you have participated, will return. If you have any suggestions for future topics or guest speakers, please do let us know. You can contact us at: lectures@latymer.co.uk, for the attention of Mrs Baker. Visit us Here