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Widening participation: the East London state school that has received its 100th Oxbridge offer

Thursday, January 16, 2020
London Academy of Excellence Stratford (LAE) passes the milestone of 100 Oxbridge offers with 129 offers in just 7 years. 

LAE’s students have broken records for the 5th year running, with 37 students, almost half of this year’s applicants, receiving offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford colleges in 2020. This takes the school to a total of 129 offers since its first cohort received their university offers in 2014. This year’s offers cover a huge range of academic disciplines, such as Classics, Land Economy, Theology, Maths, Geography, History and Politics, as well as the most competitive courses including Medicine, Law, PPE and Economics.

Coming swiftly after the school’s record breaking 2019 A-Level results of 93% A*-B and 65% A*-A, these offers are highly encouraging for those concerned about social mobility and the number of students from low-income and minority backgrounds progressing to leading 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, and the number of students eligible for free school meals is almost three times the national average.

LAE’s Headteacher, Scott Baker said “I am thrilled for our students who have worked so hard, and I’m pleased to see LAE at the forefront of efforts to improve widening participation and access to elite universities. I am grateful to our teachers, donors, HSBC and partner schools who have all contributed to this success, and it is also important to recognise the work that Cambridge and Oxford have put in to help address access issues.”

Assistant Head, Anushka Chakravarty, who oversees preparation for early applicants said “I am delighted that the hard work of so many students has been rewarded, and that they have received the offers that they hoped for. Our conversion rate for applications to offers is more than double the Oxbridge average of 21%.”

Receiving offers is only half the story though, and Deputy Head, Claudia Harrison, said “we are greatly encouraged by the percentage of LAE students going on to meet their offers – last year, we received 26 offers and sent 25 students to Oxford and Cambridge. For this year’s cohort, the real work begins now, and we wish them every success.”