Kensington Aldridge Academy welcomed its first students today as the £28 million school opened for the first day of its first term.
The Academy is a brand new school and will provide much needed school places for children in the area, as previously more than 50 per cent of students have had to travel outside the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for their secondary education. Today's intake is in Year 7 only, and the school will grow year on year to offer 900 places for 11-16 year olds and up to 240 places for sixth form students once fully open. First admissions to the sixth form will be in 2016.
New student Kashele Phillips said: "I'm very excited to be joining KAA because I know that I'm lucky to be joining a brand new school. All the teachers are really friendly."
Honor Wilson-Fletcher said: "We had a rare opportunity to work with the Council to create a new, exceptional institution to join our and the Royal Borough's respective families of schools. We planned for an academy that would deliver the highest standards of attainment, building on success already achieved in neighbouring primary schools. I am confident that Kensington Aldridge Academy, with David and his team will deliver just that for this community."