Brighton College to open academy in London

Brighton College has been given the go-ahead from the government to open a sixth form college in East London.

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) will open in Newham with 10 other schools sponsoring the teaching of A-level subjects.

The school will open with 150 places, rising to 400 places by the third year.

Richard Cairns, the head of Brighton College, said his aim was to send more students to Oxford and Cambridge than 75% of independent schools.

The LAE will build on the partnership Brighton College already has with Kingsford Community School in Newham. The college offers post-16 scholarships to a group of Kingsford students every year.

The LAE will be selective, with students being required to meet entry requirements of at least five A grades at GCSE.

Eton College will be responsible for teaching English and Highgate School for Mathematics at the new academy.

The City of London Boys School will be seconding one of their physical education staff to the LAE to take charge of all of the sporting provision.

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