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Principal’s welcome – Autumn 2014

I am delighted to welcome you to the Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA) website. As you will see from the information on this site, we are a brand-new, 11 – 18 academy situated in the heart of the North Kensington area. We currently have 180 Year 7 students with us, and in September 2015 we will be adding our second cohort. Our VIth Form opens in September 2016, and before we know it we will be a full school with 1250 students.

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At KAA we are building a school which has the very highest standards – both in terms of academic teaching and life beyond the classroom. In July 2014 the Department of Education reported we are ‘one of the best new academies they had ever seen’ in terms of our planning and curriculum development. Ofsted noted that, ‘the academy has had a fantastic run up and clear policies are in place which put students and their personal development at the heart of the school.’ We look forward to our first full Ofsted inspection in due course and aim to achieve ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

All staff at KAA work tirelessly to ensure students are happy at school and committed to being the best they can be. We demand a lot, setting high standards for students and staff, with a ‘no excuses’ approach to attitude, work and discipline. But we also provide careful support. Because we currently have just 180 Year 7 students and are growing gradually year by year, KAA teachers are able to know every student as an individual and closely nurture and challenge them all. Having opened another North West London academy from scratch and helped lead it to ‘outstanding’ in my previous role, I know the many opportunities that a start-up school affords, and how to make the most of them.

If you click around the website you’ll see plenty of information for students and parents – our curriculum pages, information about our partners Godolphin & Latimer, Charterhouse, LAMDA and RAD, a video of our first week, regular new posts, our new prospectus, and details of all elements of life at KAA. If you are considering applying to join us in Year 7 next year the deadline for applications was 31st October 2014 and national offer day will be on 2nd March 2015.

With best wishes

David Benson


Autumn 2014


“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