Programme Assistant - Chrysalis East

London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET)Haringey

Chrysalis East exists to support progression to highly-selective universities for students in Tottenham. Working in partnership across a network of local schools, this new programme includes academic enrichment, intervention, university preparation and careers guidance. We are seeking a Programme Assistant to support the planning and delivery of this new project.

This is an opportunity to join a new and growing team and this role might suit someone with an interest working in programme delivery work or education.  We particularly welcome applications from individuals who have lived experience of the socio-economic barriers that prevent fair access to university.


London Academy of Excellence Tottenham is an academically selective 16-19 free school, opened as part of the redevelopment of White Hart Lane in 2017. It is based on the successful model of our sibling school LAE Stratford, named by the Sunday Times as the State Sixth Form of the Year in 2015. Our principal sponsors are Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the school is also supported by eight other independent schools.

As part of its charitable mission, Highgate School has for many years supported university progression through its highly successful Chrysalis Programme, which works in partnership with 50 schools across London each year. LAE Tottenham is building on this model to launch Chrysalis East, a new hub for the programme in Tottenham.

We have secured a generous £3m donation to fund the programme in full for the next five years. We also have strong partnerships in place, including a strategic commitment from LAE Tottenham and Highgate, as well as support from partner schools. 

The Programme

Chrysalis East exists to support progression to highly-selective universities for students in Tottenham. It will focus on three key priorities: 1) Academic intervention and enrichment 2) University preparation and 3) Careers and employability. The Director will play a crucial role in designing the programme, building on the original Chrysalis Programme at Highgate.

The programme activities are varied and flexible depending on the needs of schools and students. Ranging from early years through to sixth form, they include: clubs, enrichment days, masterclasses, mentoring and summer schools. While there is an initial blueprint to work from, the founding team will take ownership of the programme to create something powerful for Tottenham students with the aim of raising attainment in local schools.

Chrysalis East activities will be delivered in partnership with local schools and other partners such as universities. Activities will be led primarily by a dedicated team of Partnership Teachers, with support from Chrysalis Fellows, who are ‘Year 14’ alumni of the programme or recent university graduates. 

Interviews will take place the week beginning 1 February 2021.

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