Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith

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The ‘Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith’ was created by a generous act of charity, when in 1624 the wealthy lawyer Edward Latymer left funds in his will to educate ‘eight poore boyes’ from the local area. He felt strongly about educating children from all backgrounds, an ethos that remains at the heart of Latymer Upper School almost 400 years later.

Purpose of the Foundation

In keeping with the inclusive vision of its founder, the Latymer Foundation exists to provide an academic education of the highest quality to girls and boys of ability, regardless of background. The Foundation supports both the Latymer Prep School and Upper School, through the provision of means-tested bursaries for bright children who would otherwise not be able to take up this opportunity.


In 2017 we publicly launched our ground-breaking Inspiring Minds campaign, our most ambitious yet. The aim of the campaign is to raise £40m by the Foundation’s 400th anniversary in 2024, to enable bright children to experience a Latymer education, irrespective of their families’ financial circumstances. Our target is for one in four students to be able to receive a bursary, which would make Latymer one of the most socially inclusive independent schools in the country.

All members of the Latymer community, past and present, are invited to support the Foundation in its aims. For further information on bursaries, giving and support, please visit the Foundation website.

Celebrating 400 years of the Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith

As we approach the Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith’s 400th anniversary in 2024, we are thrilled to share that we are writing a special, celebratory book: New Collected History  Latymer at 400  The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith 1624 – 2024.

Through beautifully illustrated essays written by alumni and staff (past and present), the book chronicles the many challenges our Foundation has faced in establishing and running the schools in our founder’s name – and the colourful characters who have shaped our destiny along the way.  

To find out more and place your order click here – (please note sample cover and spreads only, designs may change)

The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith is a charitable trust (registered no: 312714). Registered Office: King Street, London W6 9LR.

Detailed information about the number of current bursary award holders may be found in the Governors’ Report section of the Annual Report and Accounts

Tel: 020 8629 2024

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