On Thursday 26th May Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Lord Nash visited Kensington Aldridge Academy. Lord Nash toured the academy with Sir Rod Aldridge, Foundation CEO Beki Martin, Councillor Emma Wills, Cabinet Member for Education at RBKC, and Principal David Benson.
Lord Nash visited the Kensington Creates pods, the unique business incubator situated in the atrium of the school, as well as visiting lessons including teamwork sessions designed to develop entrepreneurial skills. The visit concluded with a student panel made up of founder KAA students which allowed them to ask Lord Nash questions about business and academies.
Entrepreneurship is at the heart of all Aldridge Foundation academies and colleges, and Kensington Aldridge Academy has a clear purpose to develop the business and social entrepreneurs of the future. At KAA this happens through the Kensington Creates centre, designed to help students and local community develop practical entrepreneurial skills, through excellent academic qualifications including subjects linked to new technology and industry such as maths, science, computing and product design, as well as subjects that teach students to be effective communicators, such as English, history, geography and languages. Students benefit from Kensington Creates Days and Creates Clubs throughout their time at the academy.
Lord Nash said that “Kensington Creates is clearly helping to inspire the students as well as being extremely beneficial to entrepreneurs” and that “Kensington Aldridge Academy is a clear example of how linking business with education can drive aspiration.” He added that “it was excellent to hear the students speak so enthusiastically about their school and the opportunities they have.”