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Head – London Academy of Excellence

Stratford, London


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.

Sixth Form College, Academy (Free School) Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ 475 students, mixed, 16-19

From mid-August 2021, or sooner if possible

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.

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.

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 November 2020, 10.00am

Further information about the role will be available shortly. Potential candidates wishing to discuss the post confidentially are invited to contact:

Nina Lambert, Search Consultant, at: / 07764 185745

Michael Stephens, Search Consultant, at: / 07834 520995

Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor, at: / 07894 140301

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically. Please email PDF versions of your completed application form, together with a short covering letter addressed to Mr Anthony Little, Chair of Governors, to Jonathan Barnes, Operations Manager (Leadership Appointments) at:

Jonathan can also be reached by calling RSAcademics’ Head Office on 01858 383163.

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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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 16 November 2020 10.00am
  • Preliminary interviews via Zoom with RSAcademics 19 November 2020 -20 November 2020
  • Long list interviews via Zoom 30 November 2020
  • Short list interviews in central London (venue TBC) 03 December 2020