London Academy of Excellence


Name London Academy of Excellence
Website http://www.lae.ac.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 October 2017
Address Broadway House, 322 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 1AJ
Phone Number 02033011480
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 468 (38% boys 62% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.8
Academy Sponsor London Academy Of Excellence
Local Authority Newham
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 20.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 0.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE), founded as a free school in 2012, is an academic sixth form college. Its sole campus is in Stratford, in the London Borough of Newham. LAE recruits students from an increasingly wide range of secondary schools in other London boroughs, and is currently oversubscribed. The curriculum, of 16 to 19 study programmes with around 15 A-level subjects at the core, is designed to prepare students for university. Most students take three or four A-level subjects, alongside a broad additional curriculum. LAE works particularly closely with independent schools and with local Newham secondary schools, some of which were involved with its foundation. In keeping with its founding principles, LAE recruits many students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Leaders and managers have successfully established a culture of very high expectations throughout the London Academy of Excellence, (LAE), to which staff and students positively respond. Leaders and managers have successfully made improvements since the previous inspection; rigorous quality assurance, with students’ progress at its heart, involves all staff in further improvement. Students’ attainment of their qualifications is high; almost all students achieve their A levels, with most achieving A* to B grades. Students’ progression to higher education is excellent, and a high proportion gain places at universities with very demanding entry criteria. Students very much enjoy their studies, make excellent progress from their starting points, and achieve consistently high standards on their courses. Governance is excellent, with highly productive strategic overview and rigorous monitoring of both educational and financial performance. Students’ behaviour is exemplary and they treat their peers and staff with respect. Highly skilled and enthusiastic teachers help students to make excellent progress and achieve at a high level, through well-planned and highly personalised study programmes. Teachers provide excellent support to students, including the further development of their skills in mathematics and English. Teachers’ very good promotion of equality and diversity in lessons develops students’ understanding of social and cultural issues relevant to them, both at the academy and in their local communities. Leaders, managers and teachers have developed excellent partnerships with universities and employers, promoting students’ success in higher education and their understanding of the world of work. Students achieve a wide range of personal, social and study skills by participating in a good range of extra-curricular activities. Students receive excellent advice and guidance at the start of their programmes and throughout their studies, to achieve their higher education and employment aspirations