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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 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.

Some of my GCSEs use the old A*-G scale. How do I convert these to the 1-9 scale?

We ask for actual and predicted GCSE grades to be supplied using the new 1-9 scale. If some of your subjects are still using the A*-G scale, please read the information here to see how you can convert your grades to the new system.

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.

When is enrolment?

Our Enrolment Day is on the same day you receive your GCSE results in August. LAE Stratford will be open from 09:00.

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:

  • a smart suit jacket/blazer
    single-coloured in a plain, dark fabric
  • a collared shirt with LAE tie or sleeved blouse
    single-coloured in a plain fabric
  • a tailored suit trouser or tailored skirt (no shorter than knee-length)
    single-coloured in a plain, dark fabric
  • smart work shoes
    dark, single-coloured with a low heel
  • your LAE lanyard and ID badge

Optional items

In addition to the mandatory items above, students may wear the following optional items:

  • V-neck or round-neck jumper
    single-coloured in a plain fabric. The collar and tie must be visible (if warn)
  • Tights
    plain, single-coloured
  • Jewellery
    discreet and appropriate for the workplace
  • Make up and nail varnish
    discreet and appropriate for the workplace
  • Outerwear
    no outerwear should be warn in the building


LAE staff reserve the right to challenge sixth formers, and make decisions, regarding acceptable items of clothing and appearance. Sixth formers who fail to meet these expectations may be asked to return home to change and persistent failure to do so will lead to sanctions.


All sixth formers are expected to wear the LAE sports kit for all sports activities.

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 until 6.00pm

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. 

Who can supply my application reference?

Your referee should be your form tutor or head of year please.

How long are the lessons?

Each period lasts for 50 minutes.

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 7th of February. Be sure to apply by the 24th January 2020.