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

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Only ‘facilitating subjects’ offered (what some might regard as ‘proper subjects’ or ‘subjects favoured by the top universities.’) These 13 include psychology, philosophy and theology, politics, economics, further maths, French and Spanish. Maths and sciences are most popular at the moment. Very gradual increase in numbers taking modern languages. Students can also choose the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Additional languages offered outside the timetable include Mandarin, Italian, Bengali, Arabic, Urdu and Japanese....

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