The Academy is a locally run, non-selective, co-educational state school for the local community in North Kensington. We are very proud to have opened a brand new, state-of-the-art building purpose built to provide students with the best learning, information technology and arts facilities. Situated next door to the newly re-built Kensington Leisure Centre, students have access to a wide range of sports facilities on campus and close by.
Our aim is to become an outstanding school and a centre of excellence in teaching and learning, both within the borough of Kensington and beyond. Our teachers are given the time, training and management they need to become the best in their fields. We have capitalised on the rare opportunity of creating a new school to design a first rate curriculum that prepares students for the demands of the new, strengthened national examination system. This means students at the academy receive a consistent diet of outstanding lessons – the ‘deal’ they get with us is second to none.
As an academy school we receive our funding direct from the Government, and are sponsored by leading charitable Trust Aldridge Education and co-sponsored by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, both organisations with a proven track record of running successful schools.
Our Principal, David Benson, has lived and worked locally in West London for many years. His previous school was also a start-up – he joined as Vice Principal a year before opening and helped lead it to ‘outstanding’ Ofsted status. He brings a depth of knowledge about the area and the opportunities and challenges that come with starting a new academy.
“The academies movement has given teachers the opportunity to become curriculum innovators to a greater, and more exciting extent…. for example the pioneering work done by David Benson at the Ark Academy in Wembley which he will now have the chance to extend to more students as the new principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy.”
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Former Secretary of State for Education