Highgate is the lead educational sponsor of the London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham

The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham is a new sixth form free school that follows the successful model of the LAE in Stratford (also one of our partner schools) to provide an academically rigorous sixth form education to children in the Tottenham area. It was opened in 2017, in response to an identified need for improved post-16 education in the borough (52% of pupils leave for post-16 education) and delivers A levels prized by universities and employers, whilst retaining close community links.

‘Our seconded teachers revel in the opportunity to help LAET to be the place for academic rigour! —Adam Pettitt, Highgate Head

Highgate provides governance and is the lead education sponsor. We second both teaching and support staff, meaning the equivalent of six teachers from Art, Chemistry, English, Geography, Mathematics and Physics spend between two days and five days per week teaching there. In addition, Highgate also provides an Assistant Head, a part-time Fundraising Lead and four members of the governing body. Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is LAET’s lead business sponsor.

Before LAET opened, only 1% of Tottenham A level candidates left for Russell Group universities. With the help from Highgate, the pioneering LAET cohort have created history: the Class of 2020 achieved record success, with over two thirds of the cohort going to Russell Group universities, nine to Oxbridge and 13 to study medicine, veterinary science or dentistry.


Second cohort A level results 2019-2020


of all exam entries awarded
an A*-A at A level


of all grades awarded A*-B


of leavers going to Russell Group universities

Sixth Form College of the year 

LAET was named The Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year 2021, reflecting the transformational impact the school has had in the lives of its students. 

Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said “Our top Sixth Form College has the country’s current top football team as its business partner. Housed in premises within the new Tottenham Hotspur development. The children have scored heavily in their A-levels both last year and again this year, with more than two-thirds of the students progressing to Russell Group universities and 11 gaining places at Oxford or Cambridge this summer, unprecedented numbers for the area. The dynamic partnerships with Spurs and Highgate School in the independent sector promise even greater things in the years ahead.”

LAET Headteacher, Jan Balon said: “We are exceptionally proud of what is being achieved by our students here in Tottenham. They are proving that given the right support they will flourish and I’m excited about the future impact they will have in the local area and beyond.”

'LAET has provided me with the means to recognise and achieve my goal. — Tam Le, LAET first generation 2017-2019

Chrysalis East

LAET is now looking to expand its impact beyond its walls, with the establishment of Chrysalis East. This programme of partnerships will follow Highgate’s successful Chrysalis model and will see LAET supply independent school-standard teaching in its four Tottenham feeder schools. The project aims to enhance the academic outcomes for higher ability students and increase the proportion of Tottenham school leavers going on to the most competitive university destinations and employment. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, LAET and Highgate can do so much for the aspirational young people in Tottenham, now and in the future.