Pupils’ personal development is outstanding and benefits from very good pastoral care and arrangements for their welfare. Pupils are happy at school and say that there is always someone to whom they can turn with any concerns.Inspection Report Spring 2011
Latymer Upper is indeed a happy school, where the well-being of our pupils is central to all that we aim to achieve, both in and out of the classroom. Our priority is to to ensure our students are equipped with the knowledge and strategies required to live healthy, safe and balanced lives. We believe that our school should help pupils become well-rounded young people, comfortable in themselves and in the company of others, whatever their differences. There are no typical Latymer Upper pupils, but we do encourage values such as politeness and helpfulness, and seek to instill a genuine sense of social responsibility.
The Pastoral team
The School takes pastoral care very seriously and offers wide-ranging support to all pupils. In September 2016 we welcomed David Boyd, Deputy Head (Pastoral) who heads up the Pastoral Team which includes the Head, Assistant Heads, Heads of Year and Form Tutors, who work closely with the Academic Mentoring Department. The team is key in ensuring the well-being and progress of our pupils, liaising with parents and other staff when necessary. Sixth Form Prefects play a key role in supporting the work of the pastoral team too, both formally and informally.
We also draw on expert speakers who are invited to the school to speak to students on a range of topics including adolescent mental health, body image and body confidence. Internet safety and responsible technology usage is a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across ICT, PSHE and SRE. In 2015 we launched our school-wide wellbeing initiative BOUNCE (Brain, Optimism, Unwind, Nutrition, Connect, Exercise) to encourage self-reliance and resilience.
Latymer Upper has two fully qualified counsellors and a registered nurse on site as well as an effective 'Peer mentor' system where the more senior pupils provide advice and a listening ear for our younger pupils. See also Academic Mentoring.
An exciting new environment - The Lower School
Joining the Lower School can be a challenge for some pupils, as they make the transition from primary school to life at secondary school. Pastoral care at the Upper School aims to help pupils to cope with this transition, settle in quickly and develop organisational skills whilst introducing pupils to the widest possible range of subjects and activities.
The Form Tutors are a key point of contact for parents and teachers. They’re responsible for the day-to-day care of pupils in their forms, looking after their individual needs and concerns. Form Tutors meet their classes for half an hour each morning and have tutorial periods in which they deliver the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Programme.
Pupils’ achievements both inside and outside of school are celebrated in form groups and in assemblies. Merits are awarded by teachers for particularly praiseworthy accomplishments and certificates are issued for reaching 25, 50 and 75 merits.
A time of discovery - The Middle School
The Middle School years are a time of change and discovery. We want our pupils to enjoy this time of their life. Our focus is on developing confident, well rounded and interesting young men and women.
The Form Tutor will celebrate achievement with their form, and also set targets for each pupil to aspire to; they will work through personal issues, from lost bags to broken hearts. Form Tutors are also our link to parents in all matters concerning their children. They work closely with the Year Heads and Heads of Division who have an overview of the Middle School. The Year Heads set the tone for their year groups both in terms of behaviour but also in academic matters.
The Middle School encourages pupils to be independent but supportive of others, to value academic achievement but not at the cost of experiencing all that life - and Latymer Upper, has to offer outside the classroom, to be ambitious but also modest about their achievements and to take pleasure in the successes of others.
Preparing for life beyond school - The Sixth Form
Most Year 11 pupils continue on into the Lower Sixth and are joined by approximately 40 students from other schools. They are placed into 13 or 14 form groups, each with 10 to 15 students under the care and supervision of a Form Tutor. Form groupings tend to be based around subject choices.
Tutors are assigned to Lower Sixth Forms and then stay with their form throughout the two years, providing continuity of support from the start of the Sixth Form through to receiving A- Level results and moving on to university. Form Tutors play a key role in the process of applying to university, giving individual advice to their students and preparing UCAS references. Latymer Upper's Sixth Form aims to foster an adult working relationship between students and Tutors, with students taking more responsibility for their studies and activities, whilst Tutors continue to give guidance, support and encouragement to their pupils during this exciting stage of their lives.