The Duchess of Cambridge will formally open the Kensington Aldridge Academy and the neighbouring Kensington Leisure Centre on Monday 19th January.
Her Royal Highness will meet governors, staff and students, tour the new building and watch part of a lesson. The Duchess will then watch a dance performance in the school’s theatre, and will unveil a plaque, before visiting the school’s Creates Hub for young entrepreneurs, and meet students who are designing items for sale at Portobello Road Market.
David Benson, Academy Principal, said: “We are thrilled to have opened a brand new secondary school in the heart of North Kensington, providing much needed places for our community. The planning for KAA started many years ago, and has been supported at every stage by both the Aldridge Foundation and the Royal Borough. Our staff and students are so excited at this rare and wonderful opportunity they have to found a new school in spectacular buildings. I have every confidence they will repay the investment we have made in this new facility by delivering the very best results in years to come.”
Sir Rod Aldridge, founder of the academy’s lead sponsor the Aldridge Foundation, said: “We had a rare opportunity to work with the Royal Borough to create a new, exceptional academy to join our and the Council’s respective families of schools. We planned for an academy that would deliver the highest standards of attainment, building on success already achieved in neighbouring primary schools. I am confident that KAA will make a real difference to our students and to the local community it serves.”
“The Duchess, together with Prince William, opened our first academy in Darwen (Lancashire) in 2011, in what was one of the last official engagements they carried out before their wedding. We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness will be opening this wonderful new school in Kensington this month.”