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London Academy of Excellence (LAE)Newham

Applications are invited for the post of Head of this nationally acclaimed sixth form college to succeed current Head Scott Baker after four years of outstanding leadership. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an aspiring and high performing leader with a strong academic background and a firm belief in the power of education to transform lives and enable social mobility.

London Academy of Excellence (LAE) Stratford was established in 2012 to provide opportunities for local students seeking a high quality academic A level education in preparation for applications to the UK’s top universities. Over the past eight years, working in partnership with six independent schools, it has delivered on this vision and lived up to its name by students consistently achieving some of the best A-Level examination results of any school or sixth form in the country and securing record numbers of places at Oxford and Cambridge, leading Russell Group universities and medical schools. However, there is a lot more to LAE than just results. It is a strong, inclusive and diverse community committed to developing the whole student. In addition to world class teaching, outstanding pastoral support and university guidance, a rich co-curricular programme offers students unprecedented chances to explore their own individual interests and talents, supported by HSBC and six of the UK’s leading independent schools.

However, no educational organisation can ever stand still. Governors seek a creative, dynamic and strategic thinker who will embrace and enjoy all that has been achieved but use a fresh perspective to ensure that, in a fast-changing educational landscape, LAE remains at the cutting edge of the very best of sixth form education today. The successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity of planning in partnership and overseeing the transition of the academy into a new and purpose-built premises and will have:

  • The passion, energy and ambition to inspire and motivate the diverse LAE community
  • Genuine commitment to inclusion and the LAE values, ethos and educational philosophy
  • Highly developed emotional intelligence and communication skills
  • Sophisticated understanding of how to work effectively with multiple and diverse stakeholders
  • The ability to build strong teams, delegate effectively and bring out the best in colleagues
  • Sound judgement and a strong sense of personal and professional integrity
  • High levels of self-awareness, resilience, stamina and a sense of fun


Applications are welcome from both the maintained and independent school sectors.

Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact:

Nina Lambert, Search Consultant - / 07764 185745
Michael Stephens, Search Consultant - / 07834 520995
Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor - / 07894 140301

Further information about the role and details of how to apply can be found at:

Closing date: 10.00am on Monday, 16 November 2020

London Academy of Excellence is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, sight of original qualification certificates, satisfactory references and a medical. The post is also subject to a negative response to an enquiry as to whether a prohibition order has been made by the Secretary of State.

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