Kensington Aldridge Academy is an 11-19 academy in the heart of the community in West London. The academy opened in new buildings in 2014 and has 920 students on roll.
On 14 June last year, the life of the school was changed by the Grenfell Tower fire. The extraordinary work that KAA did to bounce back from the tragedy has been recognised with a Tes services to education award. But the school is also the winner of secondary school of the year title for its exceptional academic achievements.
KAA was graded “outstanding” in all categories in its first full Ofsted inspection in December 2017. “What the school has achieved is remarkable,” Ofsted reported. “Leaders have created a culture of high expectations and a commitment to excellence from all staff. The quality of leadership at all levels is exceptional.”
The inspectors added: “Leaders and staff have shown determination, resilience and commitment in steering the school through what happened after the Grenfell Tower fire.” They noted that parents had been “full of praise for how well and sensitively leaders have managed the school since the event”, and said that the challenges of helping pupils and staff cope with the emotional repercussions of the fire had been “carefully managed”.
In spite of the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire, the “founder cohort” of KAA sixth-formers achieved an excellent first set of national results, coming in the top 10 per cent of schools for value added, with 61 per cent of all entries graded A-C.