London Academy of Excellence


The London Academy of Excellence, Stratford (LAE) is a selective free school sixth form college located in the Stratford area of the London Borough of Newham, England. It has approximately 460 pupils and 32 teachers.[1]

London Academy of Excellence Stratford
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Broadway House 322 Stratford High Street

E15 1AJ

TypeFree School
MottoThe academic sixth form for independent thinkers
Local authorityNewham
Department for Education URN138403 Tables
Chair of GovernorsTony Little (headmaster)
HeadteacherAlex Crossman
Age16 to 19
  • Eton
  • Caterham
  • Highgate
  • Brighton
  • University College School
  • Forest


The school first opened in 2012 in collaboration with seven independent schools - Brighton College, Caterham School, Eton College, City of London School, Forest School, Highgate School and University College School, six of which continue to support the school as 'partner schools'.[2] Its close relationship with Eton College has led to the school being dubbed 'the Eton of the East End' by the national media.[3]

LAE is a flagship of the Conservative government's academies programme. It was visited by Michael Gove in February 2014, who called it a "superb new free school".[4] As well as state funding, the school receives £500,000 annually from HSBC, and thus is able to offer sports and recreation activities, clubs, societies, a lecture programme and an outreach program to complement academic studies.[2]

The school offers an academic A-Level curriculum designed to facilitate student's entry on to competitive degree courses at leading universities. Conditional offers of places are made on the basis of student's predicted GCSE results. For 2018 entry, students require a minimum of 5 GCSE 7-9 grades, including a minimum of grade 6 in Mathematics and either English Language or English Literature.[5]

In 2015, the Sunday Times awarded the school with the title of 'The Sunday Times Sixth-form College of The Year'. It was the first free school to be named the best sixth form in the country".[6] In 2016 eight students gained offers from Oxford University and the University of Cambridge, receiving much national media attention.[7]

In 2017, the school adopted a gender-neutral dress code.


The school was inspected in October 2017 and was awarded “outstanding” in all areas.[8]

In 2019, LAE achieved record results with 65% of all A-Levels grades A*/A, and 93% A*-B. More than 850 LAE students have taken up places at Russell Group universities since the first cohort left in 2014, 67 attended Oxford and Cambridge, and 95 have embarked on highly competitive medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry courses.[9]


Since 2014, an ongoing dispute has been occuring whereby the school removed access to space on site for the purpose of prayer, which had previously been available. The school informed students at the time that the previously used space was required for a Psychology classroom, which was a new subject that the school had introduced into the curriculum and that the constraints on a small building meant that it was no longer feasible to provide a space. The school made a number of adjustments to ensure that no student was discriminated against, including adjusting the weekly timetable so that Muslim students were all able to attend Friday prayers at a facility a 3 minute walk from the school and be able to attend a nearby multi-faith space a 10 minute walk from the school.

In 2022, an online campaign was launched by a group of LAE alumni accusing the school of institutional Islamophobia. A small group of LAE alumini working with Cage UK, MEND and Azad Ali list a number of allegations against the school in their campaign. [10]

A petition demanding that an inquiry goes into the school's Islamophobia and staff who have failed their duty of care towards LAE pupils has been signed more than 25,000 times.

The school denies being institutionally Islamophobic and cites that it has recently consulted with the student body and local community leaders and has hired a local function room opposite the school so that students do not need to walk 10 minutes to access the multi-faith space. [11]


  1. ^ "London Academy of Excellence - GOV.UK". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Headmaster of 'East End Eton': Our school raises aspirations". Evening Standard. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Eton of the East End | The Sunday Times". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Michael Gove speaks about securing our children's future - Speeches - GOV.UK". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Entry Requirements - London Academy of Excellence". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ O'Reilly, Judith (22 November 2015). "Free school sets gold standard". The Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016.
  7. ^ Furness, Hannah (17 January 2016). "'East End Eton' pupils beats top public schools to Oxbridge". The Telegraph. London.
  8. ^ "Ofsted report" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Latest results - London Academy of Excellence". Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Multi-faith facilities at LAE".

Coordinates: 51°32′22″N 0°00′03″W / 51.53938386858997°N 0.0009330485125105662°W / 51.53938386858997; -0.0009330485125105662