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Full of light, with an elegant staircase and plenty of original features and creaky floorboards, it has the feel of a well-to-do, kindly, aunt’s home and is an enviable environment for youngsters to learn in. Delicious baking aromas drifted out of the food tech room when we visited, whilst in the science lab, pupils could hardly have looked more animated. The curriculum is future-orientated, with all pupils learning Mandarin and Spanish, and technology is genuinely…

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What the school says...

We aim to nurture a child's love of learning within an encouraging and supportive environment. Our academic excellence is built upon secure pastoral support reinforced by excellent extra-curricular opportunities. We are about lighting fires not filling buckets.

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Head

Since September 2017, Andrea Rutterford, previously deputy head at Devonshire House prep in Hampstead. She has also headed year 3 and year 5 at Highgate Junior School.

Entrance

Highly selective, with around 220 competing at 7+ for the 38-40 places. They take an exam, with half invited back for some science-related activities and team-building exercises and observation. The gender split is nearly 50/50, with each year split into two classes of 20 (occasionally 21). Families are mainly local, within 30 minutes’ travel time, although the reach of the school has expanded in recent years to stretch as far as Kensington and Notting Hill.

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Special Education Needs

The Junior School of Latymer Upper School, Latymer Prep shares its SEN provision with the senior school. A range of SEN needs are catered for, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. We also have experience of dealing with children with significant hearing loss and limb amputation. We have a learning support unit, as well as a school counsellor who deals with learning needs plus broader social, emotional and familial issues. Children are monitored throughout their time at the School. If we become concerned about a child's progress an initial assessment is conducted by the Learning Support Unit. The School can arrange for more detailed assessments if some difficulty is indicated, though parents are expected to pay for these more-detailed assessments. Advice is provided to teachers on how to support those with SEN, based upon the Support Unit's own evaluation as well as any additional information and analysis provided by parents and psychologists. Children with ADHD or Asperger's are provided with in-class support, but we are unable to provide full, long-term in-class support. It is worth mentioning, perhaps, that whatever a child's SEN, he or she must be of sufficient academic ability to be able to meet the demands of our curriculum. Those with SEN who would benefit from additional time in our Entrance Assessment are allowed an additional 25% extra time providing this request is supported by a psychologist's report.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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