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‘East End Eton’s’ head asks private school parents to give £3,000 to get its pupils into university

Head of a state school dubbed the ‘East End Eton’ asks parents at private schools to donate up to £3,000 to get its pupils into university

  • LAE in east London sends more pupils to Oxbridge than many private schools
  • Record 34 pupils won places at medical, dental, veterinary schools this summer
  • Headmaster Scott Baker said that his school is given £4,000 per pupil per year
  • But he said they need about £1,500 more per pupil to emulate private education

A school dubbed the ‘Eton of the East End’ has asked parents at private schools – including the real Eton – to donate up to £3,000 to help its pupils win university places.

State-run London Academy of Excellence (LAE) in Stratford, east London, sends more teenagers to Oxford and Cambridge than many private schools – despite many pupils facing hardships.

A record-breaking 34 pupils from the sixth form college have won coveted places at medical, dental or veterinary schools this summer.

State-run London Academy of Excellence (LAE) in Stratford, east London, sends more teenagers to Oxford and Cambridge than many private schools – despite many pupils facing hardships. Pictured: These 22 state-school pupils at the London Academy of Excellence were all offered places at Oxford and Cambridge last year

Headmaster Scott Baker said his school is given £4,000 per pupil per year, but that they need around £1,500 more per pupil to emulate private education

Headmaster Scott Baker told the Sunday Times his school is given £4,000 per pupil per year, but that they need around £1,500 more per pupil to emulate private education.

He added: ‘Compare that to Eton [where fees are more than £40,000 per year] – it’s around ten times less. 

‘We can’t offer four A-levels and all the advice and guidance that gives our teenagers a fair shot at top universities, that is the crux of it.’ 

The LAE approached parents at its six fee-paying ‘partner schools’, including Eton, Highgate School in north London and Brighton College.

Some 80 parents at Brighton – where sixth form fees cost more than £24,000 – agreed to help. 

Brighton’s headmaster Richard Cairns said this might keep some private pupils out of the best universities, but added: ‘It is the right thing to do.’  

The LAE approached parents at its six fee-paying ‘partner schools’, including Eton, Highgate School in north London and Brighton College

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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