Latymer Prep School A GSG School
- Latymer Prep School
36 Upper Mall
- Head: Mr S P Dorrian
- T 0845 638 5700
- F 0845 638 5732
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.latymerprep.org
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 7 to 11 with a linked senior school
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Hammersmith & Fulham
- Pupils: 168
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Fees: £16,860 pa
- Open days: Throughout the Autumn Term
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Linked schools: Latymer Upper School
What The Good Schools Guide says..
‘You learn through trying,’ is an unofficial mantra of the school, with the staff encouraging intellectual risk-taking. ‘We are constantly reminding the children that the point when you’re not quite sure is the point when you learn,’ explains the head. ‘Getting to the top therefore isn’t the be-all-and-end-all and we encourage them to see that and value the moment when they’re not quite sure.’
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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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since 2001, Mr Stuart Dorrian BA, former long-serving head of English and of lower school in the senior school who was persuaded to take over the prep, with the chief aim of upping the academics (for which he ticked the box long ago). You’ll be hard pushed to find anyone (pupils included) who doesn’t instantly warm to his gentle, warm nature, his excellent listening skills and his clear enthusiasm for his domain. His office, a homely room overlooking the river setting, has an open door policy, in which pupils think nothing of popping in to tell him something they’re worried about or to just pick up a sports ball. Meanwhile, his regular use of the term ‘my school’ is said with pride and passion, never conceit. He still teaches, some sixth form English and...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|