Aims & ethos

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Latymer Upper School’s ethos of social inclusivity is as strong today as it was almost 400 years ago when the Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith came into being. Our story starts in 1624 when a prosperous lawyer, Edward Latymer, left part of his wealth for the clothing and education of “eight poore boyes” from Hammersmith. 

Edward Latymer’s vision was to offer his wards a life-changing education that would equip them to flourish in the wider world. This vision remains firmly at the heart of the School – although today we teach rather more than those original eight Hammersmith boys. Latymer Upper School now consists of a vibrant, co-educational student body of 1,400 girls and boys from a diverse range of backgrounds, and a further 170 pupils at Latymer Prep School. 

The School’s ongoing Inspiring Minds bursary campaign is Latymer’s most ambitious to date. The aim of Inspiring Minds is to raise £40m by the Latymer Foundation’s 400th anniversary in 2024, enabling the School to support one in four pupils with a means-tested bursary.

As the Head, David Goodhew explains:

“I want Latymer to be a school for young people from right across the community, where the only criteria for admission are ability and potential.”

The aims of Latymer Upper School

  • To provide an opportunity for academically able students from all walks of life to develop their talents to the full
  • To select students as far as possible on the basis of ability without regard to financial means
  • To provide a choice of academic courses taught to the highest level in a broad, imaginative and developing curriculum supported by a wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • To encourage independence of approach in the pursuit of excellence in all activities
  • To be a constructive and active participant in the local community, particularly through educational activities including community links and partnership schools, within the scope of the Foundation’s charitable objectives
  • To consider the needs of the individual in the school community, providing care within a structured pastoral system
  • To maintain an ordered and disciplined environment, enabling the individuality of each pupil to be developed and respected
  • To value diversity, and develop awareness and tolerance of the aesthetic, cultural and religious values in today’s increasingly pluralist society
  • To ensure that all Latymerians leave the School proud of their achievements, confident in their abilities and concerned for the needs of others

Educational vision of the School

Our vision is to be the leading co-educational school in the United Kingdom, providing young people from all backgrounds with a life-changing education that equips and inspires them to make a positive impact on society and to excel in the wider world. Latymer Upper School is first and foremost a ‘learning school’, vibrant, global in perspective, innovative in its teaching and learning and combining the best of the traditional and the modern. A high value is placed on scholarship in both pupils and staff and the School prides itself on the excellence of its teaching and pastoral care, its academic achievements and its exciting and innovative curriculum.

Latymer seeks to achieve the following educational outcome for its pupils:

  • independent learning and research
  • critical thinking, analysis and evaluation
  • written, oral and multi-media communication skills
  • collaborative working and problem-solving
  • intercultural knowledge and understanding
  • knowledge and understanding across a wide variety of disciplines
  • capacity for creativity and imagination
  • a love of learning

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