The London Academy of Excellence’s (LAE) Scholar’s Programme is an innovative and successful programme that provides targeted support for students whose family backgrounds offer limited or no direct university education experience but who demonstrate high academic potential. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive and personalised programme that prepares them for university application as would be available to students in the UK’s leading independent (fee-paying) schools by building social and intellectual capital that will be of value over students’ lifetimes rather than simply securing the next destination in that life’s journey.
The programme consists of additional academic support and requirements and additional mentoring support, access to a growing alumni network, opportunities to undertake targeted university visits, mock interviews, etc. Unlike other such programmes operated by schools in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, the LAE Scholar’s Programme focuses on overall academic and personal development rather than on a reductive understanding of the admissions process itself. LAE has among the highest academic outcomes in the United Kingdom.