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7 plus (7+) Exam – Latymer Prep School – What you need to know

School Name: Latymer Prep School

Description: Co-ed; day school

Age range: 7-11

Size: 160 approx.

Fees: £5,620 per term

Address: 36 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA

Website: www.latymerprep.org

Telephone (general enquiries) 020 7993 0061

Email (for all general enquiries) office@latymerprep.org

Head: Mr Stuart Dorrian

Registrar: Mrs Margaret Peploe

Email: registrar@latymerprep.org

 

Overview:

 

With a beautiful river setting, Latymer Prep is a popular co-ed school known for its caring attitude. They provide a ‘deep and broad’ curriculum in which is instilled a set of ‘Learning Habits’ identified to develop a positive attitude to learning in all of their pupils. Examples include, ‘Persistence’, ‘Questioning and Posing Problems’ and ‘Listening and Understanding with Empathy’. A holistic education is really something this school believes in.

 

The school’s extra curricular activities bring together children from all age groups. The current offer includes: chess, zumba, drama, karate, art and film studies, but it is an ever-changing mix.

 

Excellent facilities – some of which are shared with the Upper School include a 200-seat theatre, a performing arts building with recital hall and new sports centre with six-lane swimming pool and climbing wall.

 

 

Admissions Process for Latymer Prep School at Seven Plus

 

Applications & Registration:

 

About 150 children go for the approx. 40 places available at 7 plus for Latymer Prep School. It’s a good strategy to get your child in at seven plus as they can then progress to the Upper School and stay until age 18.

 

The closing date for 7+ registrations for seven plus entry to Latymer Prep is in November. Bursaries have been awarded in the Prep since 2014, and families who are interested in a means-tested bursary should indicate this at the time of registration.

 

Click here for Latymer Prep’s 7+ registration form.

Registration fee: £100

 

Those who have made early registrations will be sent a form to confirm that their child still intends to sit the 7+ entry exam in the following January. Once confirmation is received, Latymer Prep will send out sample English and maths papers in the October half term. Full details of the assessment day will then be sent out at the end of the Autumn Term.

 

Open Days/Visits:

 

Latymer Prep has a really comprehensive list of open mornings. They take place on Mondays or Fridays and booking is essential. To view all of the dates, click here.

 

To book your spot email the registrar, Margaret Peploe at registrar@latymerprep.org with the following information:

  • Preferred date of visit and an alternative
  • Your child’s name, date of birth and their current school
  • Parents’ names, home address and telephone contact number

 

Entrance Exams:

 

Latymer Prep’s 7 plus exam will take place in January.

Children will be asked to sit 40 minute papers in English (reading assessment and creative writing task), maths and verbal reasoning. Those who perform well in the exam will be asked back to take part in a group activity afternoon.

 

Latymer Prep works hand-in-hand with many West London prep schools, providing them with guidance on how to prepare for their exams. In particular they share the maths syllabus with them. As an overall guide for both maths and English they say that as long as a child is following the National Curriculum and aiming towards the top of Level 3, they should be in a strong position to perform well.

 

For verbal reasoning they suggest working through published practice materials for ages 6-7 and 7-8 if your child is enjoying them and relishes the challenge!

 

Recommended Materials:

 

7+ English practice papers, ideal for Latymer Prep 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar

7+ English: Spelling

 

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension

The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

 

 

7+ Maths practice papers, ideal for Latymer Prep 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

 

7+ Reasoning practice papers, ideal for Latymer Prep 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ Reasoning Pack 1  (Verbal sections)

7+ Reasoning Pack 2 (Verbal sections)

7+ Reasoning Pack 3 (Verbal sections)

 

7+ Listening practice papers, ideal for Latymer Prep 7 plus exam preparation:

 

7+ Listening Pack 1

 

 

Group Activity Afternoon

 

Those who have performed well in the 7 plus exams will be asked back to take part in some fun group activities, which take place in the school’s science labs and its sports field! The school aims to create a fun and enjoyable afternoon experience.

 

During the activities your child will be assessed in terms of their social interactions and maturity, problem solving skills and attitude to learning. Staff will also chat with children one to one – less formal than an interview, and just another way of finding out about a child’s personality and interests, whilst putting them at their ease.

Destination Schools at 11+:

 

It is Latymer Prep’s expectation that all children will progress to the Upper School. However, if they believe that a child is struggling to keep up, they see it as their professional responsibility to speak to parents and support and advise on a different school for the child’s secondary education.

 

In the case of relocation or changing family circumstances, Latymer Prep will support families who are having to make these decisions, but they do not prepare children for entrance exams to other schools.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

 

Latymer Prep aims to offer at least two means tested bursaries in Year 3.

 

Parents wishing to apply for a bursary should indicate this at the time of registration. They will then be sent a form in which to provide further details of their financial situation. This allows the school to determine the level of financial support it can provide. All bursaries are contingent upon a strong academic performance in the 7+ exam.

 

In the past, bursary support of between 95-100% has been given. Assuming satisfactory academic progress, this support will continue up to A Level.

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