Girls and boys join Year 7 from both state primary schools and prep schools. There are naturally a few nerves on the first day but it’s amazing how quickly they settle in: meeting new friends, discovering the exciting range of subjects and choosing from the vast array of extra-curricular activities on offer.
In Year 7 pupils are assigned to one of 10 tutor groups of between 16-18 pupils. These tutor groups are divided into seven teaching groups of 24 pupils and children will always have at least three other pupils who are in both their tutor group and their teaching group. This allows small groups for pastoral care whilst allowing pupils to meet and get to know more of their year group in different contexts.
Pupils in Year 7 are also issued with Chromebooks which they keep in school in special lockers but can take home from Year 8. Pupils certainly won’t spend the majority of time on their Chromebooks, but they are used in lessons where appropriate, bringing many benefits including an understanding of digital literacy as well as the technologies that enhance both learning and collaborative productivity.
In the first two years at Latymer, we aim to provide a broad and stimulating curriculum that exposes our students to the widest possible range of subject disciplines to inspire their future learning choices.
In Years 7 and 8, lessons cover the following subjects:
Each year group spends an afternoon a week participating in formal sport at our Wood Lane complex, as well as having one period a week of PE on site.