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Founded in 2012, LAE was the brain child of Richard Cairns, Head of Brighton College, and Joan Deslandes, Head of Kingsford Community School in Newham. They met on a bus in Beijing and found they shared a passion for Mandarin (they both introduced compulsory teaching of Mandarin in their schools) as well as rigorous academic learning and a desire for social justice. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but for bright, aspirational students who are keen to seize the many opportunities on offer, this is an...

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Head Master

Since 2017, Scott Baker MA PGCE QTS. After reading history at Cambridge, he began his teaching career at Robert Clack School in Dagenham (the school he attended) in 1999. Has held senior leadership positions in a number of state schools including Sandringham School in St Albans and the Henrietta Barnett School in northwest London. He is the school's third head since it was founded in 2012.

We met him in his modern, airy, white-with-splashes-of-colour first floor office – the decorative style is continued throughout this former 80s council office block that’s located a minute’s walk from Stratford station. He was first in his school’s 50-year history to have got to Cambridge, the first in his family to go to university at all, and the first state school appointee to head...

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