- Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
- Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
- Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
- Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School
- Kensington Aldridge Academy
- Darwen Vale High School
- Sudell Primary School
- UTC@MediaCityUK, Salford
- UTC@harbourside, Newhaven
- Duke’s Aldridge Academy
- Ada, the National College for Digital Skills
Aldridge Education is a multi-academy trust established by the Aldridge Foundation to fulfil the Aldridge ambition of growth through education. Our academy schools and colleges help young people to reach their potential and are catalysts for the regeneration of the communities they serve. They are non-selective and have a strong focus on entrepreneurship and on rapidly improving the quality of education on offer in order to transform the life-chances of young people.
Our definition of the entrepreneurial mindset is one ‘which strives to take action, solve problems, and rejects the status quo’. The attributes that we reward in students and prioritise in all our work are passion, creativity, teamwork, risk taking, determination, discipline, problem solving and vision.
Each Academy offers resources and physical spaces to support entrepreneurial activities developed by members of the wider community as well as for its student body.
Aldridge Education and its Academies also work in partnership with local individuals and organisations (charitable, voluntary, commercial, public sector) to develop each Academy as a civic and community asset. Our Academies are non-selective and free, with admissions based on the existing local authority system, and there are no entrance examinations.
Academy Schools are schools funded directly by the Government, rather than the local authority, and have “sponsors” who contribute extra resources and new ideas to benefit the students. Sponsors must be approved by the Government, to ensure they are capable of running an Academy successfully.
Like all schools, Aldridge Education Academies are inspected by OFSTED, and our GCSE results are made public. Each one has a Principal and Leadership team who are responsible for the day to day running of the Academy, with a Board of Governors that includes parents and teachers, responsible for ensuring the Academy meets the education standards it is set, and the needs of the local community it serves.
We opened our first Academy in September 2008 in Darwen, Lancashire, and there are currently four schools and a UTC in the North West in our MAT with another two schools in the South East and one in London, where we also sponsor a Single Academy Trust.
Aldridge Education is also one of the co-sponsors of the University Technical College at harbourside in Newhaven, Sussex, which opened in 2015. We are also supporting the development of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, a new FE college which opened in Haringey in September 2016.
In September 2018 UTC@MediaCityUK became the newest school to join the Aldridge family.