The London Academy of Excellence (LAE), a 16-19 free school in London, just won the title of Sixth-form College of the Year in The Sunday Times’ latest school awards.
After establishing partnerships and receiving advice from a number of independent schools, such as Eton College, Highgate School and University College School, LAE opened in 2012.
The school has a number of key aims including preparing its pupils for life post-sixth form and encouraging greater social mobility within Newham.
The 2014 A-level results for the school’s first cohort of students topped national performance tables, with five students winning places at Oxford or Cambridge and another 100 at Russell Group universities. This year, LAE received 2500 applications for 230 places.
The principal of LAE, John Weeks, said: “It’s fantastic for our school to receive this accolade. We’re the first free school to do so, and it’s testament to the hard work of our staff and students. This school is a fantastic example of the independent schools sector and the state sector working together to maximise the life chances of children from one of the most deprived areas in the country.”