The Head

a message FROM david Goodhew:

Visitors to Latymer Upper School frequently refer to the 'palpable buzz’ and energy that is felt on first entering our busy and vibrant school. I felt it too, when I became Head here in 2012, and this vitality is one of the many characteristics of Latymer Upper that makes studying and working here so stimulating. Our location in the heart of West London is, of course, another factor and I’m really proud that the school has so many features in common with our wonderful city. It values and respects diversity; it’s modern and forward-thinking; it promotes a global outlook and has a dynamic community of talented people who combine the highest academic achievement with excellence in the arts and sport.

Since becoming Head I’ve learned much about the character of our unique School and its community, in particular that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Latymerian. Try to pigeon-hole our eclectic student body and you pretty quickly come unstuck. Ours is not a one size fits all School. To be a Latymerian is to be part of a diverse community and I’m always keen to make the point to prospective parents that, outside of academic ability and an enquiring mind, there is no archetypal Latymer pupil, and that all teachers nurture and celebrate their students’ individuality.

We’ve been in the business of offering a rigorous education to bright children for a long time. Nearly 400 years to be precise. Our vision is to offer our pupils a life changing education that equips and inspires them to excel in the wider world, alongside membership to a school community of people from all walks of life - an invaluable life lesson in itself.

I hope our website will give you a flavour of how we go about making that vision a reality and look forward to seeing you at one of our open days.

David Goodhew

Head, Latymer Upper School

David Goodhew has been Head of Latymer Upper School since 2012 and is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. Born in West London, David attended a local comprehensive school before studying Classics at Oxford.

He taught Classics at Bancroft’s School and Eton College, before becoming Head of Classics at Bristol Grammar School. He gained his experience of senior management at Arnold School (Director of Studies) and Durham School (Senior Deputy Head).

David is a keen amateur violinist whose hobbies also include cycling and classical music. He lives with his family, a short stroll away from the School.

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