The Latymer Foundation

Latymer Upper School, like most schools that predate the rise of state funded education, owes its origins to the foresight and generosity of a series of individuals who held the view that wealth brought with it obligations to help those who were less fortunate than themselves.

Edward Latymer flag

The Latymer Foundation at Hammersmith has had a long history of supporting education since the original bequest of Edward Latymer in 1624 to provide clothing and education for “eight poore boyes” from Hammersmith.

In 1622 Edward purchased the manor of Butterwick in Fulham, paying £1,600 for the manor’s 88 acres, and the revenues from this estate funded his bequests. The rising value of the endowment of the Latymer Foundation in Hammersmith was further boosted by gifts from other local benefactors until by 1870 the annual income of the Foundation had grown to £604 a year which clothed and educated 125 boys.

£30 18s 11d

was the total income of the Foundation in 1656

Between 1726 and 1863, the Foundation educated girls as well as boys so when Latymer Upper School took girls into its Sixth Form in 1996 it was in fact going back to its roots.

Find out more about our history

What the Foundation does

The objective of the Latymer Foundation (registered charity no. 312714) is to promote the education of boys and girls by the maintenance of a school or schools in the London Borough of Hammersmith. The Foundation is overseen by its Governing Body led by Rosalind Sweeting, the parent of three Latymerians.

Meet the Governors 

One of the main purposes of the Foundation is to ensure that any child is able to access a Latymer education regardless of their financial circumstances.

Following a period where the focus of the Governors was to regenerate Latymer’s King Street site and its playing fields at Wood Lane, the Governors' current focus is on building up the Foundation’s endowment and significantly increasing the number of bursaries it can award each year. 


The Foundation in numbers

The Governors set annual budgets and targets to provide the resources for a continuously improving quality of education at both the Prep and Upper Schools.

  • More than 1300 members of the Latymer community made a donation to the Foundation last year, this included current and former students and their families, current and former members of staff, Governors and friends of the School (see Annual Report of Giving)
  • £2m was spent by the Foundation on bursaries and scholarships for Upper and Prep School pupils, of which £1.9m was for means tested bursaries
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 bursaries were backed by endowment at the start of this campaign, the other 80% are funded just for the life of the bursary (2 or 7 years)
  • £650,000 is needed to endow one bursary in perpetuity
  • £160,000 is required to fund a 100% bursary for a Year 7 pupil from September 2018



pupils across both Latymer Upper School and Latymer Prep are currently benefitting from bursaries


raised for bursaries since 2005


in donations and legacies received during 2016/17


spent on bursaries and scholarships last year



young people have been educated at Latymer since 2004 thanks to a bursary funded by the Foundation


members of the Latymer community supported the Foundation last year



 Annual Report and Accounts

How bursaries are funded

The number of bursaries funded by the Foundation has grown from just 2 in 1998 to 154 by 2017. Most were worth 100% of fees.

Of the £2m spent on bursaries, 62% came from donors past and present.