IssUe 41 • May 2012
Latymer
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of Latymer’s specialist arts
school status we are lucky enough
to have the fantastic theatre space
that is the seward studio. This academic
year it was decided to fully utilise this on
a weekly basis in a way that could really
benefit the whole Latymer community. It
was in this way that the Lecture series
was born.
It was decided that the series would
feature cross-curricular presentations
from a diverse range of leading
academics, authors, artists and media
personalities. The aim was to broaden
and enrich our academic and cultural
perspectives beyond the exam syllabus
and hopefully inspire some otherwise
unthought of career paths. In turn, we
hoped to fuel the Latymer tradition of
curiosity and debate that makes us the
unique and exciting community we are,
underpinning our entire school ethos.
so far we have had more than 30
speakers presenting after school
addresses to hundreds of members of
the school and its wider community,
including over 20 schools in the enfield
borough.
Particularly noteworthy presentations
have come from Vera schaufeld, a
Holocaust survivor from Poland who
shared her intriguing and enlightening
experiences of the Kinder Transport with
us, Professor Ginette Vincendeau (KCL),
the leading academic on French cinema
presenting on the seminal Kassovitz film
La Haine
, Dr Margaret Mayston (UCL),
australia’s Woman of the year 2010 and
neuroscientist, who shared both her
academic research with us and the story
of her incredible career in
Pathways: In
the Nervous System and in Life
and the
design and animation director David
Daniels, presenting his fascinating insight
into his work and art in
Animated Lives
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The Lecture series for 2011/12 is
nearly coming to an end for this year
owing to looming summer exams keeping
the seward studio occupied. However,
we shall hopefully be back next year with
another full and varied programme.
Esther Lawson
Cover Supervisor
Above: Esther Lawson (left) with Arts
Administrator Janet Osborne in the
Seward Studio
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From the head
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Visit by James Dawson
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Chamber Orchestra charity concert
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Visit to Newcastle Cathedral
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Spotlight on Janet Osborne
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Changes to
Latymer Link
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Latymer teacher gains top award
In this issue
I
n years
past the news of an Ofsted
inspection used to arrive in a brown
envelope; these days it is a telephone
call from an official at Ofsted, but at least
we had a week’s notice. Latymer was
being inspected in ICT; we were not going
to get an easy ride despite the last two
full school inspections being outstanding.
The way we deliver the national
Curriculum in ICT at Latymer is unusual.
In common with all schools, students
arrive with high levels of skills in many
areas of ICT. We deliver ICT in discrete
lessons for the first three years but offer
no discrete lessons or qualifications in ICT
thereafter. It was going to be a tough task
to achieve ‘outstanding’ for curriculum,
when part of the descriptor is: “students
in Ks4 and Ks5 have access to a wide
range of appropriate ICT qualifications,
including academic and vocational
options.”
There was considerable preparation for
the visit. One key document was to
explain the rationale behind the way we
deliver the ICT curriculum at Latymer. The
HMI did accept that “appropriate ICT
qualifications” was none for Latymer
students. This does not affect the skills
and knowledge of students nor the
degrees that they choose to study; indeed
many choose ICT-rich courses at
university.
as ever at Latymer, staff and students
were pleased to talk to visitors honestly,
were proud of what they were doing and
inspectors were impressed with what
they saw and heard; they deemed all the
areas to be outstanding: curriculum,
attainment, quality of teaching and
leadership and management.
The national adviser for ICT asked if we
would be content to be the first school of
reference on the Ofsted Good Practice
website. Praise indeed – well done, Team
Latymer.
Mark Garbett
The Seward Studio
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