Kensington Aldridge Academy

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA) is a secondary academy of 1,200 pupils, established in 2014 and based in London’s North Kensington. Sponsored by Aldridge Education and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, KAA’s aim is to become one of the top academies in the country.

KAA was thrust into the national consciousness last June due to its location at the foot of the Grenfell Tower.

The tragedy has deeply affected the school; over 60 students were rehoused as a result, and five students lost their lives in the fire.

In the immediate aftermath, the school was forced to move premises twice in three months, and spent the 2017-2018 academic year based in Portakabins a mile away from its original building at the Grenfell site. Many students are also still living in temporary accommodation.

“This is an outstanding school. Leaders, governors and staff have the highest ambitions for pupils. What the school has achieved and sustained is remarkable, particularly in light of the challenges faced as a result of the Grenfell fire.”

Ofsted report, January 2018

Some 56 of its pupils took AS exams the day after the fire, with three offered conditional places at Oxford University.

In December 2017, Ofsted rated KAA as outstanding in all five areas.

This is all the more exceptional considering the fact that the school is located in one of the most deprived and unequal boroughs in the country.

The school’s catchment area is in among the 10% most deprived areas in England. Approximately 68% of students at KAA are Pupil Premium (identified by the government as the most disadvantaged), double the national average.*

* (Source: English Indices of Deprivation 2015)