On Monday 27th November, London Mayor Sadiq Khan visited Kensington Aldridge Academy to speak to students about aspirations, overcoming adversity and his journey to the Mayor’s office.
The Mayor spoke to 230 KAA students as part of Speakers for Schools’ programme of aspirational talks for young people. Following the talk, students were given the opportunity to put their questions directly to the Mayor in a Q&A session. The Mayor shared his ‘London story’, having grown up first-generation British in Tooting and worked as a lawyer before becoming a politician, and talked about how he sees London as the ‘Greatest City on Earth’, with opportunities around every corner.
Sadiq Khan said: “If you work hard, and you’re given a helping hand then you can achieve anything. I want all young Londoners to be able to fulfil their potential and it was great to hear from students at the Kensington Aldridge Academy today. With their enthusiasm and work ethic, I’ve no doubt that they have bright futures ahead of them.”
Head Girl Titilayo, Sixth Form Prefect Jade and Head Boy Kai welcome the Mayor to the Academy’s temporary home, known as KAA2.
The talk formed part of the Acadmey’s sixth form lectures series, which encourages sixth form students to think aspirationally about their future education and careers path. Past speakers have included Adam Balon (co-founder of Innocent), Sue Berelowitz (Former Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England) and Ted Young (Metro Editor). For this special occasion, 40 students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 joined KAA’s sixth form to hear the Mayor of London speak.
Jade Makepeace, Sixth Form Prefect, said “It was really inspirational to hear from somebody from a similar background to most students in the school who has built up such a distinguished political career.”
Our Principal, Mr Benson, said: “Our sixth formers were engaged and inspired by the Mayor’s story of climbing from a working-class background to the very highest political office. They will remember his words for a long time.”