About LAE

Values, Ethos and Aims

London Academy of Excellence is the academic sixth form for independent thinkers. We are committed to our sixth formers developing the knowledge, skills and interests that will give them broad and rich life choices in a complex and changing future.

LAE core values

Our core values underpin all of our thoughts, words and actions. We are proud to be an inclusive school community that promotes equality and an environment where cultural and religious diversity is regarded as positive and everyone can feel that they are able to express their viewpoints and beliefs in safety. The British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are embedded throughout the school experience. Our core values:

  • Excellence
  • Humility
  • Independence
  • Kindness
  • Resilience
  • Respect

Our active Student Council plays a large role in exemplifying these values, as does our House system and the numerous charity events and activities that take place. Our students engage intellectually with controversial and contemporary issues through the lecture programme, PSHE tutorials and the large number of educational trips and visits that take place. The values and ethos of the school make it a truly special environment to study and work in.

School ethos

We hope you will be struck as you walk through the corridors at LAE by the high level of academic buzz and intellectual curiosity. These characteristics are palpable. Sixth formers and staff alike come in each day with a desire and intent to stretch themselves and share their fascination for their subjects. A love of learning for its own sake is at the heart of every lesson.

This ethos is key to preparing our sixth formers for life at university, where they will follow their academic passions to an even higher level. Before LAE opened in 2012, there was a genuine paucity of opportunities for students in this area to take facilitating A levels and access top universities. We have quickly established ourselves as the place to do this. If you want to secure a place on one of the most competitive university courses, then come to LAE.

We have strong links with a number of independent schools including our six partner schools. Traditionally these schools have been the most successful at securing places for their sixth formers at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities. You won't find these invaluable links at any other school. Coupled with our strong links with the universities themselves, our provision is truly unique and second to none.

School aims

LAE seeks to impart or provide:

  1. a love of learning for its own sake
  2. an excellent A level education which gives each and every sixth former the very best chance of securing a place at a leading university
  3. the most up to date and well researched guidance on university application and careers
  4. an enthusiasm for the world beyond the classroom – in particular sport, music and the performing arts
  5. respect for difference in others and a recognition that the efforts and achievement of every individual in our community are valued equally.