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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 the teaching of Mandarin (they both introduced compulsory teaching of Mandarin in their schools) as well as rigorous academic learning and a desire for social justice. Students here develop an easy confidence accompanied by a sense that they can do anything they set their sights on.

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Since 2014, Mr John Weeks BA PGCE (late 30s). Previously deputy head at Brighton College. Married with two small boys, Mr Weeks is immediately engaging. He has a youthful energy and openness, as well as a boyish enthusiasm. Educated, as a boarder, at Cranbrook in Kent, he went on to read economics at Durham then qualified as a teacher of mathematics at Sheffield University. He arrived at Brighton College soon afterwards, first as a maths teacher (appointed by Anthony Seldon), then as housemaster as well as head of year and head of maths before becoming deputy to Richard Cairns. While passionate about social mobility and academic rigour, he says ‘he never imagined he would be doing this but was lucky with the personalities he worked with’. Despite only having taught at one school prior...

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