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Principal’s Welcome – Summer 2015

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

At KAA we are building a school which has the very highest standards – both in terms of academic teaching and life beyond the classroom. The Department of Education recently reported we are ‘one of the best new academies they had ever seen’ in terms of our planning and curriculum development. Miriam Rosen, former Ofsted Chief Inspector, said, “KAA has got off to a remarkable start and is already securing highly positive outcomes for students.” 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 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 & Latymer, Charterhouse, LAMDA and RAD, recent videos and news stories, our prospectus, current vacancies and details of all other elements of life at KAA. Prospective parents and students should visit our admissions pages for details of our upcoming open days for September 2016 entry into Year 7 and Sixth Form. Prospective teachers should see our recruitment pages.

With best wishes

David Benson


What they say about KAA

“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, former Secretary of State for Education

“Very strong leadership and management have given the academy a flying start. Already KAA is securing highly positive outcomes for students… The academy has already established a distinctive ethos with which staff and students identify.”

– Miriam Rosen, former Chief Inspector of Ofsted