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London Academy of Excellence 

2014/15 Academic Year Report

During the academic year 2014/15, our involvement with the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) has continued. The LAE opened in September 2012 and was 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. The first cohort were presented for public examination in Summer 2014. Results were strong as a consequence of which four students took up places at Oxbridge and some 70 at Russell Group universities, making it already a top performing sixth form college nationally. This record of excellence has now also been publicly recognised: in Autumn 2015 the LAE was named ‘State Sixth Form College of the Year’ by The Sunday Times.

Subjects are being sponsored by a group of seven independent schools, each of which has a record of excellence in that particular sphere. Since 2012 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 with two masters on part-time secondment to LAE. In 2013 and 2014, English examination results were the best within the LAE with 88.7% of A-Level marks ranging between A* and B in Summer 2014. 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. Individual teachers from both schools have also organised visits to observe teaching and share expertise in various subjects.  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, University College 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.