Joining Latymer
in the Sixth Form

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Every year we welcome around 30 new students to our vibrant Sixth Form, many being supported by means-tested bursaries.  Our new joiners come from all backgrounds and are a welcome and valued addition to Latymer.


Life in our Sixth Form is exciting and academically stimulating, with small classes enabling lively discussion and tailored learning.  It’s a life-changing experience for our students: the personal and intellectual confidence developed through independent study in a fully co-educational environment is a fantastic preparation for university life and beyond.

The entry process

Entry to the Sixth Form at Latymer Upper School is through our own examinations in November, followed by interviews for selected candidates. 

We are very mindful of the disruption many pupils have experienced due to school closures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We would like to reassure parents and their children that our entrance exams are carefully designed by us to spot academic potential, rather than specific knowledge that has been attained. 

The entrance exam consists of three papers which assess candidates’ mathematical ability and written communication as well as general problem solving and critical thinking. Candidates’ potential is assessed on their overall performance in these written tests, although the two most relevant to their proposed Sixth Form programme will carry more weight.

Sample questions can be seen below. Please note that registrations for the exam have now closed.

For more information about applying for a bursary please visit this page

Candidates who perform well in the exam will be interviewed by a member of the Senior Management Team and senior subject staff. We will make offers to those students who are successful at interview, with grades tailored to their proposed programme of study in the Sixth Form. We will request confidential school references for all candidates invited to interview.

Timings for Sixth Form applications to join September 2021

Applicants will need to submit a copy of their Year 10 report when they apply and will be invited to sit an exam in early November to assess their suitability for a Latymer Sixth Form education.

June 2020Registration for the exams opens on this website
Wednesday 16 September 2020Sixth Form open evening
Monday 28 September 2020 at midday Deadline for receipt of applications and award applications (and any learning support documentation)
Monday 12 October 2020Deadline for submission of documents for a means-tested bursary
Friday 6 November 2020 morningSixth Form entrance exam at Latymer Upper School
Week commencing Monday 16 November 2020Decisions sent to all candidates following exam, with interview information for those selected
Saturday 21 November 2020Interviews held at Latymer Upper School
Week commencing Monday 30 November 2020Results letters posted
Wednesday 9 December 2020Deadline for all responses

Entry requirements for Sixth Form joiners

We would expect all our Sixth Form applicants, if studying GCSEs, to achieve a minimum of 9 GCSEs including Mathematics and English, with grades 9/8/7 in the subjects that they wish to study in the Sixth Form, or in a related subject where the proposed course is in a new subject.

Further information on the curriculum is available in the Sixth Form Choices Booklet.

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.



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