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Throughout the application and enrolment process we receive a lot of similar questions from students. Is the information you are looking for listed below? If not, please contact us.

I will be abroad on enrolment day. Can I still enrol?

Unfortunately all enrolments must take place in person with the student at LAE Stratford. This is because we must verify the student's identity and they must speak to a senior teacher to confirm their programme of study.


I made a mistake on my application form. What do I do?

If you made a mistake on your application form, please email us at with the details, and we will update your application for you.

Please do not submit another application.

I haven't got my mock grades. Can I still apply?

Yes! We sort out the details of your grades directly with your school and will be accepting revised grades up until the 5th of February. Be sure to apply by the 22nd January 2021.

Who can supply my application reference?

Your referee should be a member of staff at your school who knows you well, usually your tutor or head of year.

Why can't I continue with and submit my application form?

Our entry requirements are applied at the course selection stage of our application form. This may limit the courses that you are able to choose, and consequently, whether or not you are able to complete the section and submit the form.

I did not apply by the deadline. Can I still join LAE Stratford?

Due to the very large numbers of applications we receive each year, it is very unlikely that we will review late applications.

In line with our oversubscription criteria and admissions policy, late applications will only be considered after those received before the deadline.

There is the chance to attend on enrolment day to see if we have any places remaining, providing you meet the entry requirements. However, the likelihood of there being places is very small.

How do you decide who you will make conditional offers to?

We make all of our short-listing decisions in line with the process set out in section 6 of our Admissions Policy.

As a minimum, to be considered for an offer you must apply by the deadline, we must have received your reference by the reference deadline, and you must be predicted to meet our entry requirements.

Receiving and meeting a conditional offer is never a guarantee of a place.

What provision is there for remote learning?

We ran a very effective virtual school during the Spring lock-down in 2020. We delivered over 72,000 individual teaching hours and did not have to cancel any lessons.

Likewise, all of our pastoral support moved online too, meaning our students had access to all the usual brilliant support and guidance.

We also ensured that all students and staff had the equipment and training they needed to study and work effectively from home.

We are fully prepared to repeat this if needs be.

What is the dress code at LAE Stratford?

Our dress code is designed to both personally embody and publicly reflect, the high expectations and professional ethos of the academy.

As a guide, when deciding how to dress, always aim to present yourself as you would for an interview at a top university or professional role in a company.

Compulsory items

All sixth formers must wear smart business attire to include:

Trouser Suit

  • Tailored jacket with matching trousers.
  • A formal, sleeved, single-coloured blouse or single-coloured shirt in a plain fabric, with a hard collar and the LAE tie.
  • Smart, dark, single-coloured work shoes with a low heel.

Skirt Suit

  • Tailored jacket with matching skirt, no shorter than knee-length.
  • A formal, sleeved, single-coloured shirt in a plain fabric, with a hard collar and the LAE tie.
  • Smart, dark, single-coloured work shoes with a low heel.

Dress Suit

  • Tailored jacket over a smart, single coloured dress, no shorter than knee length.
  • Smart, dark, single-coloured work shoes with a low heel.

Can you start off with 3 A Levels in Year 12?

All students start a 4 x A-Level programme of study in Year 12.  LAE is a school that was set up to stretch and challenge some of the brightest students in the country!  It also ensures that LAE’s students keep as many options as possible open to them in Year 13.  About three quarters of students drop down to 3 x A-Levels in Year 13.

What support is available to students?

We provide our students with a whole range of academic, pastoral and financial support measures. You can see how we do this here.

If you don't do well in your Year 12 exams, do you have to leave?

No!  Students are never asked to leave on the basis of their performance in their end of Year 12 exams. 

What are the school hours?

LAE’s school day starts at 8.20am.  Lessons and a wide variety of different curricular and co-curricular activities continue until at least 4.00pm each day. The Library is open from 07:30 until 6.00pm

How long are the lessons?

Each period lasts for 50 minutes.

When is enrolment?

Our Enrolment Day is on the same day you receive your GCSE results in August.

Is there a place for prayer onsite?

As a small building there is no designated space for prayer onsite. We are a 10 minute walk from the multi-faith space in Westfield. The timetable has been constructed in such a way to allow Muslim students who wish to observe Friday prayers to do so at a local venue less than 5 minutes walking distance from the school.