We are entrepreneurial and our passion for high quality, inclusive education drives our work. We have shared goals and shared approaches which are tailored for the local context. We help each of our schools and colleges to define how best to achieve those goals for their community.

We encourage students, staff and members of the local community to develop a passion for learning as well as an entrepreneurial mind-set, enabling people to help take responsibility for their own futures and their neighbourhoods. Our values are the entrepreneurial attributes that we help our students to develop – creativity, passion, determination, problem-solving, risk-taking and teamwork.

We want all our schools to be ambitious and entrepreneurial – inside and outside the classroom, in strategic planning and everyday activity. This means that the emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking provides context for all the learning that takes place and every aspect of academic life. Staff make a commitment to supporting entrepreneurial behaviours, and to acting as a role model by using these behaviours themselves in their work.

Each school that we sponsor is unique. The students, staff and parents are unique. The history of predecessor schools and the local community is unique. We are unwaveringly committed to Aldridge schools being individual, inclusive, community focussed and able to provide outstanding entrepreneurial education to all of our students.

Each of our schools has its own governing body. These Local Governing Committees hold the academy leadership to account on school improvement, ensure the local community is engaged with the academy and that it is properly meeting its community’s needs.

Our schools have a shared vision for our students, developed jointly between all our Principals. We want every student at an Aldridge sponsored school or college to be:

Exceptionally Successful

Achieving academically beyond initial personal expectations and prior attainment.

Capable, Independent and Enterprising

Having the practical skills (and experience of using them) to access every opportunity they want in life.


Valuing the opportunities and challenges they are offered and being proud of their school.


All students will be praised and rewarded for their progression and personal achievements.


Respecting their teachers and each other. Working together to support each other.

Safe and Happy

Our students will enjoy school as a safe, welcoming and engaging environment.


With the confidence, social skills and networks needed to access every opportunity they want.


Supported and given guidance to ensure ambitious, appropriate ‘next steps’ after leaving school.


Having a social conscience and understanding the rewards of active citizenship.


Being physically active, respecting and looking after their bodies and their minds.

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