London Academy of Excellence
During the academic year 2012/13, our involvement with the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) has continued. The LAE opened in September 2012 and is the first 6th Form College to be set up under the government's Free Schools scheme. It is academically selective and has a limited curriculum of 12 key subjects and admitted 200 students in its first year. Subjects are being sponsored by a group of 8 independent schools, each of which has a record of excellence in that particular sphere. With pastoral support and careful academic guidance, the LAE’s aim is to prepare ambitious students for entry to Russell Group universities and to the leading medical schools.
During 2012/13 Eton's engagement with LAE has been on a number of levels. At an academic level, we are responsible for the delivery of A Level English and our Head of English, Jonathan Noakes, is Head of English at the LAE and David Jackson (an Eton master) is on secondment to LAE. Eton also lends its name to one of the houses at LAE. There have been successful exchange visits to Eton and LAE by our respective pupils. At a governance level, the Head Master is a Governor; the Director of Curriculum serves on the Education Committee and Eton's Clerk & Legal Advisor serves on the Finance Committee.
The other independent schools involved are: Brighton College, Caterham School, City of London School, Forest School, Highgate School, King's College School Wimbledon and Roedean School. We firmly believe in the benefits that our sponsorship of LAE will bring to Eton particularly in relation to sharing best practice in learning and teaching methods and the professional development of the staff involved. We are also pleased to re-engage with Newham as a borough, where Eton has historically had a social impact through the Eton Mission.