Following its conversion to academy status that was announced in April, the former Northumberland Park Community School opens as Duke’s Aldridge Academy today, becoming the seventh school to join the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust.
Based in North London close to Tottenham Hotspurs’ football ground the academy is a co-educational, multi ethnic school for 11 – 16 year olds. Most students are of Turkish, African, Caribbean or White European heritage with a high proportion of students speaking English as an additional language. The academy has links with the secondary department of the Vale Special School, which shares the same site. Facilities include an on-site sports complex and swimming pool, an art block with media suite, nine computer suites, eight science laboratories, new technology and textiles workshops.
Chris Tweedale, Chief Executive of Aldridge Education said: “I am delighted that Duke’s Aldridge Academy has joined our family of schools. When the governing body of Northumberland Park Community School approached us it was easy to see that there was a real synergy between the values and priorities of the school and our trust.”
“We are looking forward to helping the academy’s leadership and staff build on the progress that the school has made in recent years and the success of its students that is recognised in the offers of university places that have been received again this year. Our shared aim is to improve the school’s current good status to outstanding and for Duke’s Aldridge Academy to progress towards being in the top 10% of schools nationally.”