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Prince of Wales visits ‘resilient’ Grenfell school

Despite the  Grenfell fire, neighbouring Kensington Aldridge Academy went on to receive an  ‘outstanding’  rating from Ofsted just six months later – and a special Tes award

Prince Charles visits Grenfell school

Despite the  Grenfell fire, neighbouring Kensington Aldridge Academy went on to receive an  ‘outstanding’  rating from Ofsted just six months later – and a special Tes award

A school that had to relocate its pupils to a different site following the Grenfell Tower fire and just six months later received an "outstanding" rating from Ofsted has been visited by the Prince of Wales.

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), which was named the Tes Secondary School of the Year and won a special services to education award at the same ceremony, has been praised as an inspiration for supporting its young people following the tragedy.

The school returned to its original site in September, where the prince visited pupils and staff today, and observed lessons before watching a special performance by pupils.

Russell Hobby, chief executive of the charity Teach First, of which KAA is a partner school, praised headteacher David Benson and his staff. He said: “Their steadfast commitment and ability to provide all pupils with a first-class education, even during times of great tragedy, makes them an inspiration to us all.  

“Thanks to the staff, teachers and pupils, Kensington Aldridge Academy is a vivid reminder of the impact a school can have in supporting young people and communities through the most difficult times. I’m delighted that The Prince of Wales has had the opportunity to see this.” 

More recently, the 11 to 18 academy has been placed in the top 5 per cent of schools nationally in terms of key stage 5 progress 

In 2017, six months after the fire, Ofsted graded the school “outstanding” in all areas and described standards as “exceptional.” Almost two-thirds of pupils qualify for free school meals.

Watch the video Tes made to recognise the school's achievements here:

 

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