We very much welcome your continued commitment to the Extended Project Qualification and to the development of the Latymer Diploma. Such programmes are excellent vehicles through which students can develop the experiences and personal qualities we expect our applicants to evidence during the selection process.Admissions Department, Russell Group University
A level Study
With approximately 350 students, Latymer Upper's Sixth Form is one of the largest in London, and offers its students intellectual stimulus and exceptional opportunities for personal growth and development.
It is lively, purposeful and friendly with strong relations created between pupils and teachers. The student is valued as an individual, and our Sixth Formers are given increased independence within a supportive and structured environment. We expect all our Sixth Form students to engage in Voluntary Service and act as role models for younger pupils, and numerous opportunities for leadership and responsibility are offered to them. The Latymer Sixth Form is an excellent preparation for the greater freedoms at university and in the adult world.
Our academic programme, too, seeks to prepare our students effectively for study at the top universities. It focuses on developing both depth and breadth of subject knowledge and understanding as well as learning techniques that will help ensure success at A level and at university.
Wide subject choice
The Sixth Form Curriculum has three main features: A common Core, Elective courses and a Latymer Diploma or Leavers' Certificate. The range of subjects on offer in the Sixth Form is wide, embracing all the core subjects along with choices such as the Extended Project, History of Art, Politics, Philosophy, Greek, Economics, Classical Civilisation and Photography. We encourage students to take on the Extended Project as a chance for them to stretch their intellectual wings and develop skills in research, independent study and academic essay writing. It is a popular option and is positively viewed by universities. Further information on all courses is available in the Sixth Form Choices Booklet - see link below.
All students follow the core curriculum which requires them to study three A levels or Pre-Us and undertake a ten-week course on Research Skills and Theories of Knowledge. Students then elect to study a choice of a 4th (and perhaps a 5th) A level; Extended Project, Research; Academic elective courses; Modern/Classical Language ab initio or A/S equivalent; Maths to AS level. The timetable is built around the students' options, to facilitate choice and diversity. Classes and tutorial groups are small - typically no more than twelve in a set. All written exams are taken at the end of the Upper Sixth; this effectively means our students have five terms of teaching uninterrupted by public examinations and can develop the depth and the breadth of their subject knowledge.
Broader academic enrichment
In addition to Clubs and Societies that run throughout the school there are a number of societies exclusively for members of the Sixth Form including: Curiosity - which considers mind-bending topics as: What is time? What can be done about antibiotic resistance? Do electrons exist? -The Sixth Form Redraft - which produces the bi-termly magazine and The Acton Society for enthusiastic historians. The French Literature Club, and Philosophy Society enable students to pursue their passions and extend their knowledge beyond the A level syllabus while the History of Art Society welcomes a range of speakers - including artists, writers, curators and conservators - organises visits outside lectures and auctions and participates in ‘ARTiculate’ – a national art presentation competition. Beyond the Latymer Upper community, students can attend the Monday night lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.
Our Sixth Formers also represent the school in a number of national competitions including The Aerospace Challenge - a national competition where competitors tackle an aerospace engineering problem - and the Biology Olympiad - a fantastic chance for enthusiastic and able biologists to compete against students across the country and internationally.
There is an extensive programme of prominent speakers organised by the J.S. Mill Society presenting talks on Politics, Economics, Philosophy and the Arts. Past speakers have included: Iain Duncan-Smith, Ann Widdecombe, Vince Cable, George Galloway, Nigel Farage and Emily Maitlis, while the Latymer Society invites speakers to consider cross-curricular subjects in order to gain a more holistic view of the world we live in. For Latymerians who would like to hone their debating skills the Senior Freston encourages students to propose the motions, ask questions and deliver speeches on today’s pressing moral, political, societal and economic issues. External competitions are held regularly and are open to everyone.
We arrange specialist language exchanges to Europe and South America and take part in the World Challenge expedition.
Depending on the courses taken, responsibilities and engagement in co-curricular activities, students will qualify for a Latymer Diploma or Leaver's Certificate recognising their achievement across the range of school activity.