15 Aug '14

News A-level achievements in context | @guardianletters

Your article about A-level success (Report, 14 August) highlights the achievements of pupils at the London Academy of Excellence. The academy has done very well and it is great that such an institution prizing academic success and university entrance now exists in Newham. Im a teacher at Havering sixth form college, a few stops down the District line from the academy. Our college is comprehensive, and our aiming-high programme also got four students into Oxbridge, and one into Princeton in the US. We also have to make do with funding in the region of £5,000 per pupil, compared to new free schools that can have funding of over £30,000 per pupil. Good new free schools are very welcome, but theyre not the only kids on the block.James LauderHornchurch, Essex Continue reading...

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