London Academy of Excellence celebrates Oxford and Cambridge offers

London Academy of Excellence - Stratford is celebrating 31 students receiving conditional offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.   

LAE students have worked incredibly hard to receive offers to 21 different courses at Oxford and Cambridge, including our first ever offers for Computer Science, Human Sciences and Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic.  

Over half of the students represent the first generation in their family to gain a place at a university. Half of the offer-holding students attended secondary school in the London Borough of Newham, one of the poorest in the capital. One third of the students have been eligible for free school meals during their secondary education.  

“LAE was set up to improve the life chances of ambitious and hard-working young people from low-income backgrounds and minority groups. This latest set of results demonstrates that those groups deserve much greater representation at the country’s finest universities,” said Headteacher Alex Crossman.    

Before LAE was founded in 2012, only three students gained places to Oxford and Cambridge from Newham schools and colleges and fewer than 40 progressed to Russell Group universities. Since 2014, LAE has sent >120 to Oxford or Cambridge universities and >1,200 students to Russell Group universities. 

Wider context and statistics 

LAE was recently ranked as the leading sixth form college in England to offer a full A level curriculum by The Times’ annual Parent Power 2022 survey. Last summer, 97% of all grades were A*-B. As one of the top four highest performing mainstream state sixth form, our students achieve an average grade of A*. 

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