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Free school student awarded 2019 Babson Global Scholarship for Europe

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Babson College, the number one university for entrepreneurship in the USA, has announced that Trae James, a 2018 alumnus of London Academy of Excellence Stratford (LAE), has been offered the 2019 Babson Global Scholarship for Europe.

The scholarship is one of only a handful of global scholarships funded by Babson College annually, and will cover four years of tuition as well as financial support for accomodation, books and travel expenses. Trae will be the third LAE student in two years to attend a prestigious university in the USA, with previous leavers enrolling at Pennsylvania State and Wharton School of Business in 2018, the latter part of the prestigious Ivy League.

LAE’s Head Master, Scott Baker said “I am thrilled for Trae and would like to commend him on this exceptional achievement and life changing opportunity. I can’t imagine a more worthy recipient. Trae is a remarkable young man and an inspirational role model.”

As well as receiving support with his application from staff at LAE, Trae worked closely with the Sutton Trust US Programme run in partnership with the UK-UK Fulbright Commission. The programme, which brings together some of the brightest and most talented UK state school pupils, was established to enable and encourage low and middle income UK students to consider studying at America’s top universities.

Established in Stratford in the London Borough of Newham in 2012, LAE’s vision and core purpose is to promote social mobility through education by providing a high quality A-Level education to able students from disadvantaged backgrounds aspiring to win places at top universities.

Trae’s success frames another record year for LAE, which saw it achieve its best ever A-Level results (90% A*-B, 61% A*-A) and a record 26 offers for students to study at either Oxford or Cambridge. This equates to more than one in ten of Year 13 students at the school. The Newham state free school, which is supported by HSBC and six of the UK’s leading independent schools (Brighton College, Caterham, Eton, Forest, Highgate, UCS), beat its record haul of 22 offers in 2018.

Despite significant progress in terms of widening university participation rates amongst disadvantaged students, as the Sutton Trust’s recent Access to Advantage report highlighted, the achievement and aspiration gap remains stubbornly wide. Alongside the fantastic gains being made in Newham secondary schools, LAE remains proud to be doing its part to help all of its students to fulfil their full potential and break down the barriers to social mobility in the UK.