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New Sixth Form in Tottenham delivering outstanding educational opportunities for local students officially opened

23 November 2017|Tottenham Hotspur


• The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET) is bringing a first-class academic curriculum to young people from one of the capital’s most underprivileged areas.
• The state-funded Sixth Form is delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in partnership with Highgate School.
• LAET students benefit from expert teaching from top independent schools and an academically-rigorous curriculum.
• Student places for the coming Academic year are in high demand with recruitment currently ongoing.

Today marked the official opening of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET), a new state-funded Sixth Form delivering outstanding educational opportunities to 16- to 19-year-olds living in London.

The LAET was opened by representatives from its lead sponsors Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club during a ceremony held at its state-of-the-art facility.

Based on the site of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s new stadium development, the LAET brings expert teaching from top independent schools to young people in one of the capital’s most underprivileged areas.

Using an academically selective recruitment model, the LAET prioritises local students most likely to benefit from an academically-rigorous curriculum and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Along with Highgate School and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the LAET is supported by nine leading partner schools from London and the South-East including Alleyn's, Chigwell, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’, Harrow, John Lyon, Mill Hill, North London Collegiate, St Albans and St Dunstan’s in the hope of enabling Tottenham’s brightest students to progress to leading Universities.

The LAET opened its doors in September 2017 to 113 students in Year 12, of which 60 per cent are from the most deprived backgrounds** but considered high academic achievers, with 86 per cent of their GCSE grades between A* - B.


LAET is based on the successful model of the first LAE in Stratford, which earned the title ‘Eton of the East End’ thanks to collaboration with top public schools, including Eton itself.

Jan Balon, Headteacher, London Academy of Excellence Tottenham, said: “I’d like to thank all of our guests, partners and students who have joined us here today to mark the official opening of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham.

“The first few months of the 2017/18 academic year have been a huge success. Many of our students are from disadvantaged backgrounds but with the right support and guidance, they can excel in their studies – our pioneering first cohort is testament to this.

“The first-class academic Sixth Form experience we are delivering, combining academic rigour with a wide ranging co-curricular offer, will enable our students to access some of the world’s top universities and employers.”

Adam Pettitt, Head of Highgate School, the principal education sponsor of the LAET, said: “Creating fresh opportunities for today's children, and future generations, is at the heart of Highgate's ethos.

“While we have worked in partnership with local state schools in Haringey for some time, our vision for LAE Tottenham has been about realising an innovative and transformative approach, designed to help those who otherwise would not have access to such a first-rate preparation for university and employment.

“There’s a buzz about this Sixth Form and what it can do for Tottenham in terms of social mobility. It represents a hugely exciting signal for what the independent and state education sectors can achieve together in creative partnership."

Donna Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, said: “Our support of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham forms part of the Club’s commitment to improving the educational opportunities for local young people.

“Through the LAET, we can help some of the brightest young people in Tottenham to access a first-class academic education, right in the heart of their community.

“The first intake of students are already excelling in their studies and I have no doubt that their success will help to raise the aspirations of their peers.”

The next open event at the LAET will take place on Saturday 27 January, 10am – 2pm. To find out more, please visit

**According to ACORN deprivation measures.