David Benson joined Kensington Aldridge Academy as Principal Designate in September 2013, leading the Academy through its pre-opening phase to become its first Principal on opening .

In his previous role David was Vice Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Curriculum at Ark Academy in Brent. David brought a detailed knowledge of the opportunities andchallenges that come with a start-up to his new role at KAA.

In addition to his previous role as Vice Principal, David has supported Principals and Vice-Principals from other schools in using data to drive school improvement.

Prior to Ark Academy, David worked at Burlington Danes Academy, where he helped improve results from 35% 5 A*-C at GCSE (including English and maths) in the year he joined to 70% in the year he left, making it one of the fastest improving academies in the country.

David graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge in 2003. He worked for a year as a management consultant before joining education via the Teach First scheme. He has lived locally for many years –  Maida Vale and now Queen’s Park having grown up in Hammersmith. He was educated in West London at St. Paul’s school, Barnes.

On being appointed Principal Designate of KAA he said “Our aim is to create a school which has the very highest standards – both in terms of academic teaching and life beyond the classroom. We will develop our students into confident, articulate young people whose education fully equips them for university or the career of their choice. I am excited to work with our partners to build a truly excellent new school for the community here in Kensington and Chelsea.”

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