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London Academy of Excellence

London Academy of Excellence
Established 2012
Type Free School
Headteacher Mr John Weeks
Location Broadway House
322 Stratford High Street

E15 1AJ
Local authority Tower Hamlets
Staff 51
Students 440 (Est.)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16–18
  • Eton
  • Caterham
  • Highgate
  • Brighton
  • University College School
  • Forest
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The London Academy of Excellence (LAE), founded in 2012, is the first selective free school sixth form college in the London borough of Newham,[1][2] opened by the government under a new scheme which began in 2010.

The school is selective as, from 2013, it interviews candidates before giving a conditional offer which depends on their GCSE results.[3] In 2012, 5 B grades were needed at GCSE. From 2013, this became 5 A*/A grades.

LAE was founded in collaboration with eight independent fee-paying schools in south-east England: Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, City of London School, Forest School Snaresbrook, Highgate School, King's College School Wimbledon and University College School.

In its first year, the academy enrolled 200 students. Open days are held from November to January for prospective Year 11 students.

In 2014, at least 73 of LAE's first cohort gained places to Russell Group Universities, including 6 to Oxford or Cambridge. [4] This exceeded the previous record for the whole of the borough of Newham. 39% of LAE's sixth formers secured AAB in at least two facilitating subjects, this compares to 2.7% of Newham sixth formers and 10.4% nationally in 2012, and is a percentage that last year would have put it top of all the sixth form colleges around the country. LAE secured an A*/A percentage of 43% and A*/B of 71%, results that better even some well-known independent schools. In 2015, LAE sent 105 sixth formers to Russell Group universities, another record for the borough.


  1. ^ Adonis, Andrew (2012-08-07). "How London state schools became the nation’s best". London Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ Barker, Irena (2012-11-16). "A touch of Eton in the East End". TES (London). Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ Griffiths, Sian (2012-11-09). "Eton of the East End". The Sunday Times (London). 
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