Posted on: January 19th 2017

A record-breaking 20 Oxbridge offer-holders at LAE

Progress makes perfect: 20 to Oxbridge and top of the league

A record-breaking 20 students at London Academy of Excellence (LAE), ranked top 20 nationally for student progress by the Department for Education, have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge colleges.

Over the past week, shrieks of excitement could be heard around the corridors of LAE as, one-by-one, students received their offers to study at an Oxford or Cambridge college next year.

In addition to the individual successes of its students this week, LAE was also ranked in the top 20 best school in the entire country for A level progress in the Department for Education school performance tables released on Thursday. The school achieved a Value Added score of 0.56 which, in simple terms, means that students at LAE achieve half a grade higher than the national average.

“For our students, that extra half a grade we can help them achieve here, could be what secures them a place at a top university, and that’s down to the quality of teaching at LAE” remarks John Weeks, Head Master at the table-topping sixth form Free School in Stratford, East London.

John Weeks, Head Master:

“The outstanding levels of progress our students make and our position amongst the top 20 schools in the country are a cause for real celebration. Most important though is the realisation of dreams and ambitions which lay behind the statistics.

Our Sixth Formers set extremely high targets for themselves and the progress we help them make will, in turn, help them secure the grades they need for their conditional offers.

I am particularly delighted for the Oxbridge offer-holders who joined us from Newham secondary schools. Education in Newham at Secondary and Sixth Form level is clearly flourishing, and I am proud that LAE is playing a leading role in this.”

John Alex, who joined LAE from St. Bonaventure’s School, received an offer to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge:

Mr Conlon at my secondary school and now Mr Wilson, here at LAE, helped me discover and nurture my passion for the sciences, and that’s what the Oxford and Cambridge interviewers want to see, passion. I’d always aimed to go to a top university but as unlikely as it seemed, my message: don’t be afraid to be the first. Being the first doesn’t affect your likelihood, it’s just a statistic.”

Edwin Boadu, joined LAE from Cumberland Community School, and has just received an offer to study Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge:

“I came to LAE with high aspirations but the support from my teachers has helped refine and polish those aims and turn them into the reality of a place at Cambridge University. They have encouraged me and embraced my desire to challenge myself and work hard.”

Shiza Naqvi, who joined LAE from Langdon Academy, now has a conditional offer to study Mathematics at Newnham College, Cambridge:

“I have always been quite shy, lots will say I still am, but my teachers gave me the confidence I needed for the interview. I have become more of a person and less about academic attainment.

At school you hear lots of ‘ghost stories’ about how hard it is to get into Oxford or Cambridge. You hear about how someone got 50 A*s and still got rejected. Obviously, I now know that’s not true and all the preparation I have put in and the extra hard maths problems my teacher set me have paid off.”

London Academy of Excellence (LAE) is an academically-focused and high-achieving sixth form in Stratford, East London, located right next to Stratford station and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Applications close at the end of January. For more information about upcoming events and the application process, please visit or search: ‘LAE Stratford’.

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