London Academy of Excellence

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London Academy of Excellence
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Established 2012
Type Free School
Headteacher 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

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 some of the leading independent fee-paying schools in south-east England: Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, City of London School, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School.

In 2015, the Sunday Times named LAE "best sixth form in the country".[4]


In 2016 eight students gained offers from Oxford University and the University of Cambridge, receiving much national media attention.[5]


  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. 
  4. ^ O'Reilly, Judith (22 November 2015). "Free school sets gold standard". The Sunday Times. London. 
  5. ^ Furness, Hannah (17 January 2016). "'East End Eton' pupils beats top public schools to Oxbridge". The Telegraph. London. 

Coordinates: 51°31′31.86″N 0°02′6.78″E / 51.5255167°N 0.0352167°E / 51.5255167; 0.0352167