London Academy of Excellence
The London Academy of Excellence (LAET) is a maintained free school for sixth form students in Tottenham, north London.
LAET is co‐sponsored by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Highgate School, supported by the Department for Education and a number of other independent schools, including Alleyn’s. It opened its doors to students for the first time in September 2017.
The Head of Alleyn's Mrs Jane Lunnon is a Governor of LAET and three academic departments at Alleyn’s are the primary links with their opposite numbers at the Academy. Mrs Lunnon and several Heads of Department and other senior staff from Alleyn’s have made a number of visits to LAET to undertake reviews and reports to assist the school in its formative stages.
We are delighted that Alleyn’s is a supporter of the LAET. The venture will provide many opportunities for all involved - students and partners alike - to contribute, participate and collaborate, building on values of partnership and community. In this sense, LAET very much accords with Alleyn’s own closely-held vision and values, and we look forward to making a real difference to the success of the Academy and its students.
Joint activities for pupils
Pupils and teachers from LAET and Alleyn’s have visited one another on a number of occasions to enjoy activities such as shared lessons and lectures. Additional opportunities have included invitations to lectures by external speakers at Alleyn's, educational visits (including a joint Southwark Schools' Learning Partnership trip to CERN, Geneva in August).
Sharing teaching expertise
Alleyn’s has seconded a Biology teacher to LAET for one day per week to assist with their provision. Most recently, teachers from Alleyn's have embarked upon series of lectures to LAET pupils and staff covering topics such as:
- Why visit the National Gallery?
- Classical music is for us
- The London housing crisis
- An introduction to Philosophy
- Medical Ethics
- Why bother with the theatre?
LAET represents an important example of Alleyn’s commitment to improving educational provision for as many children as possible, locally, in London and beyond.