LAE Prospectus 2023-24

LAE's core aim is to provide an inspiring, rigorous education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to the best universities and careers.

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Celebrating Excellence www.lae.ac.uk

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Welcome

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About LAE

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Academic Excellence

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Inclusive Community

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Breadth of Opportunity

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University and Career Progression

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Our Curriculum

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Our New Home

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Is LAE Right For Me?

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How to Apply

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W ELCOME TO LAE The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) is one of the highest-performing state sixth form colleges in the United Kingdom and the only academic sixth form with an unwavering commitment to social mobility. LAE consistently delivers outstanding A - level results but has achieved particular success helping students from less advantaged backgrounds gain places at the finest universities in the UK and around the world. LAE is committed to outstanding academic achievement but we are about much more than grades. Our intellectually exciting curriculum encourages a love of scholarship and a sense of wonderment about the world. Our students study hard but also participate in a rich and rewarding co - curricular programme including sport, music and the performing arts and opportunities for civic engagement. This broad - based education allows students to explore their interests, develop their character and refine their talents. Our students have a strong sense of pride in belonging to the diverse, inclusive and friendly LAE community. Students challenge each other to aspire and to achieve more than they might have independently, but also encourage and support each other along the way. They are championed by an exceptional staff body that is personally invested in their wellbeing and achievement.

Students leave our care as happy, confident young people ready to change the world for the better. It is a privilege to be the Head of this extraordinary school and a part of its wider community Alex Crossman MA(Oxon), MSc. Econs, FRSA, FCCT Headteacher

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We are competitive but the competition is not toxic, it is about helping each other to become the best that we can be. It's so motivating and inspiring because we know that we can pretty much achieve anything that we want. The emphasis on extracurricular activities is probably one of the most unique things about LAE. There are so many clubs, sports, networks and wellbeing activities available and we all do Outreach, it is a really worthwhile experience to be able to give back to our communities. ” “The people around you are all so smart, all so inspiring, and they all push you forward to be the best that you can be.

Christopher, Year 12

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A BOUT LAE

LAE is a close, supportive community of like-minded people where everybody is encouraged and equipped to fulfil their potential no matter their background. One of the things that really makes us stand out is the range of opportunities we offer our students, both inside and outside of the classroom to develop themselves and explore their passions. Combining this with our outstanding teachers and support staff, results and rates of progression to the very best universities, you have a life - changing experience that will set you up for success, both at university and beyond.

LAE seeks to impart, or provide:

 a life - long love of learning for its own sake.

 an excellent A - Level education which gives each and every sixth former the very best chance of securing a place at a leading university.  the most up - to - date and well - researched guidance on university applications and careers.

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A CADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Year on year, LAE has been ranked as one of the top state sixth forms in England to offer a full A-level curriculum.

Grade

LAE 2023

National 2023

LAE 2022

National 2022

A*

25%

9%

36%

15%

A* - A

65%

27%

72%

36%

A* - B

92%

54%

90%

63%

Our students truly value working alongside like - minded peers who also want to achieve, and appreciate the productive and purposeful nature of every minute of every day at LAE. Our focus is your focus—to secure the exam results you need to move on to a top university or entry to the profession of your choice.

Every week you will have 24 hours of academic learning time; six hours per subject per week, plus independent study time to work by yourself and with your peers, and to help you to manage your own time in preparation for later life.

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Maisha Begum Alumni 2013-2015

POLITICS

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LAE provides a real sense of community where every student can be their true selves and feel welcomed and supported.

 Embrace

 Standing together for racial equality to make the world a better place.

 ECO Network

 Supporting passion to protect the planet for a safe and healthy future for us all.

 Mental Health Network

 Fostering emotional intelligence and the ability to relate to others and oneself with kindness and acceptance.

 Gender Equality Network

 Treating everyone with dignity, respect and fairness.

 LGBT+ Network

 Ensuring a safe and equal society for everyone.

Wellbeing at the heart of education

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I NCLUSIVE COMMUNITY LAE offers a caring, holistic education alongside an exceptional academic one to support all students in achieving their potential. We are proud of being a very supportive school, with a student retention rate of more than 99%. A - level study can be intense and we have a variety of ways in which we support our students academically, pastorally and financially to help them reach their potential and ensure they are

healthy and happy. Our commitment to student and staff wellbeing was recognised in 2022 when we achieved Top 3 ranking in the World ’ s Best School competition.

House System

Every student has a tutor whom they see daily and who is responsible for their wellbeing. Time is set aside every week for one to one mentoring, and we run a large number of sessions focussed on wellbeing too. Each student belongs to a house which provide an extra layer of pastoral support and community. Each house is named after one of the six UK leading independent schools who support LAE: Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School, which greatly enhances the range of opportunities on offer to students.

Enrichment through Outreach

By building positive relationships with the local community through mentoring and volunteering, our students will be well prepared to become confident, dynamic and responsible adults.

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B READTH OF OPPORTUNITY

Alongside academic stretch and challenge, LAE is proud of the emphasis we place upon opportunities for personal development, fitness and wellbeing. We offer you as many different life experiences as possible to help you find out what is right for you and to give you a well-rounded education. This is so important that it is built into our weekly timetable. Sports & Wellbeing (click for full details) Our sports programme offers students a wide range of sporting activities including, to name but a few, football, basketball, yoga and gym training sessions. We also offer Mindful Walking sessions, a gentle exercise allowing you to focus on health and mental wellbeing. Fixtures, House competitions and our annual Sports Day will allow your competitive spirit to thrive. Clubs and Societies (click for full details) Every Thursday you will be able to develop your personal skills and widen your experiences by joining and leading one of our many clubs and societies including: model UN, debating, philosophy, global affairs, baking, chess, dance and many more. We also offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (from Silver) and Combined Cadet Force. LAE Arts Hub (click for full details) Many of our students are as at home on the stage as in the classroom and we have plenty of opportunities to develop existing passions or explore new ones in performing arts, theatre, concerts and music.

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LAE enables us to get into the top universities such as Oxbridge, Russell Group or even Ivy League Schools. We have programmes that help us learn how it is to study in different places around the world. LAE basically levels the playing field for us. I feel like our teachers really try to teach us that anybody can achieve anything if they work hard enough. I really believe that. ” Aisha, Year 12 “At LAE it’s not just about being a great academic, it’s about becoming a whole, well-rounded person.

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Anika Parvin Alumni 2014-2016

MEDICINE

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U NIVERSITY AND CAREER PROGRESSION We will support you to secure places at the top universities in the UK and around the world or on the most competitive degree apprenticeships in professions such as medicine, finance and engineering. LAE ’ s Oxbridge - style tutorial system provides a comprehensive programme of tailored advice and guidance regarding the university and degree courses that will provide the best springboard for your aspirations. Our Professional Pathways programme leverages our partnerships with global law firms, banks, asset management companies and others to provide our students with direct access to the most competitive careers.

> 20% of LAE students secured places at medical school. > 10% of LAE students secured places at Oxford or Cambridge Universities.

> 7% of LAE students secured places on the most competitive degree apprenticeships in law, finance, accounting and engineering. > 40% of LAE students secured places at one of the ‘ top four ’ London universities: LSE, UCL, Imperial and King ’ s College, London. > 90% of LAE students progressed to their first choice university or degree apprentice scheme.

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O UR CURRICULUM

The LAE curriculum cultivates expertise and character traits that will enable students from all backgrounds to access the most demanding and most rewarding degree and degree-equivalent courses and to progress to the most demanding and most rewarding professions.

Students of biology develop expertise in the science of life itself. Biology provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, research and more. Students of chemistry develop expertise in the properties and behaviour of substances. Chemistry provides a solid foundation for careers in research, forensic science, pharmacy, toxicology, technology and more. Students of economics develop expertise in how people, companies and governments respond to incentives under conditions of scarcity. Economics provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in accounting, finance, business, public service and more. Students of English literature develop expertise in how literature provides insight into human relationships. English provides a solid foundation for degrees and careers in journalism, publishing, public service, the arts, consulting and more. Students of modern languages develop expertise in navigating the life and culture of other nations. Languages provide a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in consulting, diplomacy, business, travel, technology and more. Students of geography develop expertise in the human and physical challenges that confront humanity. Geography provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in environmental services, town planning, construction, conservation, sustainability, transport and more. Students of history develop expertise in the origins of the modern world and the possibilities of social change. History provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in academia, teaching, journalism, the law, public service and more.

Biology

Chemistry

Economics

English Literature

French Italian Spanish

Geography

History

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The LAE curriculum is inherently holistic: it is built around academically rigorous A Levels and includes a wide range of co- and super-curricular activities. Running throughout our curriculum are high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance and a thorough understanding of democratic society in Britain and beyond. The LAE curriculum foregrounds our school values of Independence, Humility, Kindness, Resilience and Respect.

Students of art history develop expertise in aesthetics and visual literacy. History of Art provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in fine arts, curatorship, gallery management, education, conservation and more. Students of mathematics develop expertise in understanding the underlying logic of reality and using that understanding to solve both practical and theoretical problems. Mathematics provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in architecture, engineering, finance, technology, business, research and more. Students of philosophy develop expertise in wisdom. Philosophy provides a solid foundation for degree courses and careers in academia, journalism, education, the law, technology and more. Students of physics develop expertise in the interaction of objects in the physical world. Physics provides a solid foundation for degrees and careers in architecture, engineering, education, technology, finance and more. Students of politics develop expertise in the theory and practice of government in the UK and around the world. Politics provides a solid foundation for degrees and careers in public service, foreign affairs, education, journalism, marketing and more. Students of psychology develop expertise in human behaviour. The Psychology provides a solid foundation for careers and careers in counselling, therapy, social research, organisational psychology, marketing, human resource management and more Develop your research, referencing and critical analysis skills through a self - directed EPQ. The EPQ is a great way to explore and expand your knowledge and is equivalent to an additional AS - level qualification.

History of Art

Mathematics & Further Mathematics

Philosophy

Physics

Politics

Psychology

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

programme of four linear A-levels in Year 12.

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O ur New Home

Students enrolling at the London Academy of Excellence in September 2024 will be the first cohort to enjoy access to our new, state-of-the-art accommodation being built in central Stratford. London Academy of Excellence is excited to be planning to take occupancy of our purpose - built school within Jubilee House, Stratford in 2025. New students will take part in the school ’ s move to its fabulous new facilities, which have been designed as the permanent home for one of the country ’ s highest performing sixth form schools. The site accommodating the new build is right next door to our current premises giving us the unique opportunity of being able to see the building rise and for us to have a huge impact on the design and layout. Our new building will support students through their transition from a school setting to university or work. Offering modern and dynamic facilities with high specification accommodation for all departments including specialised classrooms, dedicated labs for biology, chemistry and physics, a student study space, break - out spaces, a lecture theatre and a café. As one of the most successful sixth forms in England, we plan to increase the number of places available to high achieving local students and become one of the largest sixth form provisions in London. And LAE, served by our amazing new premises, will continue to model excellence to the rest of the country.

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I s LAE right for me?

Do you love to learn?

Do you work hard?

 Do you aspire to a place at a top university?

 Are you committed to being the best that you can be, both inside and outside of the classroom?

 Are you on track to meet the minimum entry requirements set out below?

→ achieve at least five GCSE grades in the range 7 to 9.

→ achieve a grade 6 or above in both GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

→ achieve at least a grade 7 in the subjects you wish to continue to study at A - level in Year 12*, and meet the minimum course requirements (click to find out more).

→ meet specific course requirements as published on the LAE website.**

* it is possible to study Economics, History, Geography, Politics, Psychology or P&T in Year 12 if the subject was not studied at GCSE;

** in some cases, a minimum grade in a relevant supporting GCSE subject may be re- quired for an offer - holder to be enrolled for the study of a particular subject at A - Level, as published on the LAE website.

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Kelvin Mills Alumni 2016-2018

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“LAE prides itself on both its academics as well as its co-curricular opportunities.

It ’ s a family: you experience school life and preparing you for the future, but also make friends and grow as a person.

LAE has really high academics, teachers teach like they would do in university, they have passion for their subjects and create an environment where students have passion for their subjects too. We all pride ourselves on getting high grades and pushing boundaries.

The types of opportunities LAE provides really help to level the playing field. ”

Sophie, Year 12

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H ow to Apply A step-by-step guide to take you from application to enrolment at the London Academy of Excellence in September 2024. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

1) Attend an Open Day (October - November 2023)

See our facilities, meet students, staff and school leadership and learn more about why LAE could be the right choice for you. Check website for details and to book your place at an Open Day: www.lae.ac.uk

2) Apply Online (November 2023 - January 2024)

Start your application ASAP but no later than Friday, 19 January 2024. All applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, 26 January 2024. N.B. Applications must be supported by a reference from a Head of Year or Form Tutor.

3) Attend a Guidance Meeting Day (February - March 2024)

Once applications have closed, we will invite selected applicants to attend a guidance meeting. You can receive an offer without attending a guidance meeting.

4) Accept your Provisional Offer (March 2024)

Successful applicants will receive a provisional offer to study at LAE in April. If you are one of those applicants, you will be required to submit your verified GCSE results online on GCSE results day in August.

5) Enrol in Person (August 2024)

Successful applicants will then be invited into LAE to enrol in person.

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W here to find us

Located in the heart of Stratford, East London, our convenient location - a minute walk from Stratford Station - means LAE is easy to get to on foot, by bus, Underground, Overground and mainline trains.

Transport Links

Students have an easy commute to LAE from Newham and neighbouring boroughs including Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Essex. Click to plan your journey.

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