London Academy of Excellence receives more Oxbridge offers than many public schools

Eight pupils from the London Academy of Excellence (LAE), a 16-19 mainstream free school, have received conditional offers from Oxbridge.

The number of Oxbridge offers made also exceeded those given this year to some of the most famous public schools in the country, including Gordonstoun, Sherborne, Bedales and Haileybury.

These eight students come from immigrant families, with several sharing bedrooms in council houses with brothers and sisters and others with unemployed parents.

Partnered with eight successful independent schools, LAE was set up to improve university entry in East London. The popularity of the school has grown rapidly in the last four years, with over 2,000 16-year-olds applying to fill the 200 available places last year.

LAE principal, John Weeks, said: “This is a brilliant and thoroughly-deserved achievement for our Oxford and Cambridge applicants and for London Academy of Excellence as a whole. LAE takes great pride in the culture of academic excellence it has created, based on the highest expectations for all our students. We will continue to raise the aspirations of students in Newham – many of whom will be the first in their families to progress to Higher Education.”

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