Principal’s welcome – Spring 2014
I am delighted to welcome you to the Kensington Aldridge Academy website. The development of a new secondary school in North Kensington has been talked about for many years, and it’s wonderful to know that in September 2014 it will become a reality, when I and my fellow teachers welcome the first students and parents through our doors.
My aim is to create a school which has the very highest standards – both in terms of academic teaching and life beyond the classroom. The sky is the limit for KAA. We will help students to develop into confident, articulate young people, whose education fully equips them for university or the career of their choice.
We want students to be happy at school and committed to being the best they can be. We will demand a lot, setting high standards for students and staff, with a ‘no excuses’ approach to attitude, work and discipline. But we will also provide careful support. With only 180 students in our first year, teachers will be able to know every student as an individual and closely nurture and challenge them all. Having opened a school from scratch and helped lead it to ‘outstanding’ status in my previous role, I know the many opportunities that a start-up affords, and how to make the most of them.
The autumn term was a busy one for KAA. It was wonderful to meet so many excited students and parents. I was bowled over by the passion parents showed for their child’s education, and how focused they were on making the right choice.To receive such a high number of applications in our first year shows me just how many parents understand the opportunity this academy represents – with our facilities, our partnerships and our commitment to the very best teaching – and how together we can build something truly exceptional at KAA. National offer day is now upon us, and I sincerely hope that all parents and students can be happy with their offers, and that any disappointments are kept to a minimum. I have written to parents who have been offered a place at KAA. You can read my letter here. I’m conscious that with a new school like KAA parents may have questions for me – if you need more information than what is contained on this website and in our prospectus, please contact my assistant Melanie.Rieder@aldridgefoundation.com and she can schedule a call or meeting for us.
The staff team at KAA is growing fast – you can see the full list of teachers we’ve appointed so far here. I’ve been very pleased with the level of interest so far and the quality of the appointments we’ve been able to make. We are still in recruitment mode – this flyer details all the roles we are currently advertising for. All posts are also listed on our recruitment page – the list does change so if you are interested please check regularly. If you can’t see your subject listed, I always welcome expressions of interest from anyone who has a strong record as a teacher – please email an up to date CV to Melanie.
If you click around the website you’ll see plenty of information for students and parents – our curriculum page, information about our partners Godolphin & Latymer, Charterhouse, LAMDA and RAD, a video with some footage of the KAA site and messages from our sponsors, and much more. I’m particularity excited to share our new illustration of life at KAA by Wynne James (See our News pages) – it gives a creative insight into our culture and ethos.
Very best wishes everyone as we move into 2014 – a big year for KAA and all our founder students and staff!
“David Benson, the newly-appointed principal of the Kensington Aldridge Academy, is developing aspirational new approaches to the curriculum for students” – The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
“The academy will deliver high standards of attainment, building on success already achieved in neighbouring primary schools” – Sir Rod Aldridge, Chairman of the Aldridge Foundation
“The academy will help to foster a lifelong passion for learning and help pupils achieve the highest possible standard” – Councillor Nick Paget-Brown, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea