Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom
About Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is a fantastic place to work. KAA is situated near Portobello Road, full of great shops, restaurants and bars. The school is part of the inspiring new £66 million pound Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre campus. All academy employees benefit from discounted membership at the leisure centre. KAA is located in the heart of West London with excellent access to the tube network (Central, Hammersmith & City and Overground lines) as well as many bus routes.
Judged by the DfE to be “one of the best new academies we have ever seen”, KAA is an exemplary start-up school in which all teachers can flourish. Teachers receive intensive training and support and benefit from personalised coaching and mentoring.
KAA has secured prestigious partnerships with a number of high profile educational organisations. We work closely with our partner schools Godolphin & Latymer and Charterhouse, and our performing arts partners LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dance. We are also a member of the Prince’s Teaching Institute.
Recruitment and development of exceptional teachers will always be the first priority of our school. The much quoted 2007 McKinsey report into effective education systems concluded, “no education system can exceed the quality of its teachers.” Of course, the same is true of any school. At KAA, teaching and learning is our core business, and we focus continually on improving our classroom practice. Our internal training, coaching, mentoring and lesson observation systems are of a national standard. So, whether you are at the start of your teaching career, or someone with many years of experience in the classroom, if you come and work for us you will be given professional development opportunities which are second to none. This means you will need to be reflective, open and committed to your ongoing development. “At KAA we are all learners” is one of our mantras.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of the growth of our school as we are joined by our second cohort of sixth formers. Our Sixth Form opened in September 2016 and offers students an experience that is totally unique in the state sector. No other school can boast the incredible facilities, elite partnerships, and expert teaching which we have here at KAA. As we continue to grow, our staff have also been able to grow and access new opportunities to further progress their career.
I was inspired by my visit to KAA. Talking to the students about their hopes and aspirations for the future and hearing them speak in such an articulate manner is clearly the product of a culture of high expectation and a belief that they can and will achieve. The team at KAA have made a fantastic start and well on the road to establishing a truly great school.- Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner
I have visited many schools in my time and KAA is one of the most impressive. It is an amazing school with amazing students.”- Dr Lee Elliot Major, CEO of The Sutton Trust
Students’ behaviour in class and around the academy is of a high standard…rapid progress is the outcome of effective planning…work seen was very challenging…as the result of excellent strategic leadership the academy continues to grow and thrive.- Marcia Headon, ex Ofsted Regional Director for London and South East
KAA has got off to a remarkable start and is already securing highly positive outcomes for students.- Miriam Rosen, ex Head of Ofsted