Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight


  • Primary School: Latymer All Saints My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: My thoughts about Latymer prior to joining the school was that it seemed a very intelligent school with very high standards. Furthermore, I thought Latymer had a peculiar aura around it with both positive and negative stigmas when looking through different people’s perspectives. This almost meant that the school seemed quite intimidating as you don’t quite know how you matched up to your peers in certain aspects like education and knowledge. However, through hearing various positive stories from people having gone to the school, it gave me the impression that the school was diverse and very welcoming.

    The biggest change between primary and secondary school: The biggest change between primary and secondary school were the responsibilities that were given to you, for example being in charge of how you do things like managing your own learning. There were also smaller changes, like finding out how to navigate your way around the school and adjusting to new social groups and friends, but these were only short term along.

    My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: The most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far was going onto the ski trip in the spring term of 2017 as it was an exhilarating experience. Not only was I learning how to ski, but I managed to build strong relationships and amazing memories from the resort in Zell Am See, Austria.


  • Primary School: Starks Field Primary School

    My thoughts about the school before I joined Latymer: You’ve been offered a place at the Latymer School. Possibly the most daunting nine words I have ever read in my life. Latymer back then was one of those faraway dreams that only those steady in the confidence of their intelligence would even dare wish true. Born as an only child into a family with relatively high expectations (before I’m thirty: get a PhD, become a doctor, dabble in a bit of law and if there’s time learn to speak Urdu fluently), Latymer was only supposed to be no more than a brief chapter in the book. This was anything but the case for me. To an antisocial, slightly awkward 11 year old girl with a grouchy attitude, 7 years at a grammar school amongst people of ‘above average intelligence’ seemed somewhat more than ‘a brief chapter’. If anything, it was to be the most exciting, educational and compelling chapter of my life so far.

    The biggest change between primary and secondary school: Similar to every other helpless bordering-the-edge-of-teenage-yet-still-children children, I was subjected to the odd 11+ practice paper every now and again. I considered this ritual at the time a dangerous level of exposure to my worst phobia: exams under timed conditions. I think that now, caught in the heady midst of my GCSEs, I have come to the realisation that the more of a subject you learn and enjoy, the more bearable the tests become. It was a worry of mine that studying multiple subjects would become too challenging and demanding, and that halfway through my Latymer career I would have to drop out as a result of the stress levels ricocheting sky-high caused by the heavy workload. I am glad to say that this was nothing more than the anxious thoughts of a small girl, and as I write this, I am able to look back and smile at the worries of my younger self. My time here at Latymer has been nothing short of a dream – the education is worth every sliver of praise it has received; teachers are dedicated beyond belief; and friendships are formed that will last a lifetime.

    My most memorable moment from my time at Latymer so far: There is no single moment from my five years at Latymer that I would consider the most memorable. The school offers so many extracurricular activities and trips that even now, the 5-year-old in me squeals in excitement every time a trip is announced. The Latymer staff try harder than any other school I know to physically engage their pupils in the classwork, whether it be crazy class lab practicals, or visits abroad to win the interests of the students. The language exchanges were without a doubt some of my favourite school trips, as I had the rare and fantastic opportunity to live as a native in Gladbeck, Germany for a week. Educational excursions such as these are seldom offered in other London schools, even the independent ones, so I am extremely grateful for Latymer having hosted some of my best memories during my years here, ones which are sure to stay with me for the rest of my life.