indpendent state

What's the point in paying for the same curriculum that state schools provide for free? Many parents carefully consider the opportunities that their child will enjoy at an independent school, and pay handsomely for them. But when it comes down to it, are the lessons taught and information transferred really that different, especially when universities expect privately educated applicants to secure higher grades? 


John Weeks

John Weeks

John began his teaching career in September 2000 and spent 14 years working at Brighton College in a variety of roles; Housemaster, Head of Maths, Head of Middle School and Deputy Head. He then spent three years as Head Master of the London Academy of Excellence, a 16-19 Free School, sponsored by six leading independent schools, in Stratford, East London.

John’s experiences during this time has had an enormous impact upon my educational philosophy and values. Pupils with high aspirations and a strong work ethic and teachers who made every brain think, for every minute of every lesson, have proved a powerful combination throughout. This is a formula that John sees working in any educational setting, particularly in his current role as Headmaster of Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep school.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker, Head Master, London Academy of Excellence

After reading History at Cambridge, Scott began his teaching career at Robert Clack School in Dagenham in 1999.  Prior to being appointed as Head of LAE in September 2017, Scott has held senior leadership positions in several schools across the full spectrum of state education, including three years as a Deputy Head at The Henrietta Barnett School in north west London, and three years as a Deputy Head at Sandringham School in St. Albans.

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.