Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, today visited the “impressive” London Academy of Excellence – a new sixth form college in Stratford. Whilst at the school, which is located close to Stratford station and the Olympic site, Mr Timms met with headteacher Robert Wilne and various “inquisitive” pupils as well as taking an assembly on the role of an MP. Afterwards, Mr Timms was given a tour of the newly refurbished building.
The London Academy of Excellence was the country’s first free school sixth form academy and opened its doors to its first 200-strong cohort of pupils in September. Mr Wilne describes LAE as championing “rigorous and stimulating A level study” combined with “talented and imaginative teachers” who encourage “independent thinking”. LAE has a close partnership with several independent schools, including Eton, Roedean, Brighton College and Westminster School.
After the visit Mr Timms said: “I very much enjoyed visiting what is clearly an impressive academy led by Mr Wilne, an enthusiastic headteacher with a passion to encourage pupils to be highly motivated and think independently. The pupils struck me as very bright and the facilities are excellent; LAE is an attractive prospect for pupils considering A level study in the borough.”
In the summer, Mr Timms will be welcoming a pupil from LAE to his office for a week long work experience placement.