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Godolphin and Latymer School

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Iffley Road London London W6 0PG United Kingdom
4th to 12th
Girls only


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The teaching at Godolphin is amazing, the classes are very small in the sixth form but larger lower down the school. The choice of languages is particularly good: I studied German, Russian and French, for my year we had to decide between Latin or German though this is no longer the case and so if I was younger I would have been able to study Latin as well. The school is fairly competitive but I found it easy to balance excellent grades and a great social life, which I think would have been more difficult in a more academic school. There is much scope for independent learning which is essential for university and classes varied between being lecture and discussion based. All questions where always well answered and the work load was manageable, despite doing many extra curricular activities and seeing friends. There is support for students with dyslexic/dyspraxia and talented students are encouraged to stretch themselves with more difficult work. Students choose between A Levels or the International Baccalaureate in the sixth form. Truly excellent academically.

College Counseling

We were really well guided through the university selection process, especially in comparison to friends....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The school really suits well-rounded students, though all bright children would do well there. ....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Great food - lots of choice and very healthy and delicious, though there is pizza too! Nice neighbourhood, very well connected for public transport. Good library facilities and a mixed student body from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. There is a counsellor, nurse and school doctor as well as a buddy system between older and younger girls. Pastoral care is fantastic, with form and deputy form tutors always there to help. The school is very dynamic and the girls are confident and enthusiastic, though shyer girls do well too. Discipline is not as....

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