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Hard to believe you are entering the Latymer site when you step through the tranquil riverside entrance to this charming old-world premises. Based in an attractive 1805 villa overlooking the Thames, this gentle start to big school could not feel more different from the edgy urban powerhouse that lurks behind. Unlike in the Upper, there is a...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2017, Andrea Rutterford (50s). Born in the northeast of England and educated at a local comp, she read education at Brunel and earned a specialist diploma in specific learning difficulties from the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre. Arrived at Latymer with a bulging CV of prep school experience. She began her teaching career at Hornsby House, before spending 13 years at Highgate Junior School and then becoming deputy head at Devonshire House Prep in Hampstead. A petite, warm and effective head, with a tiny touch of Miss Honey from Matilda, she is a keen squash player and enjoys theatre and travel.

Entrance

Highly selective. An eye-watering 300 applicants from 90 different schools compete for 44 places at 7+ (two classes of 22) split more or less equally between boys and girls. They sit maths, reading...

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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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