Welcome to the Aldridge Foundation. We are a charity that is guided by the belief that young people are central to regenerating communities. By equipping the next generation for the challenges it faces tomorrow, we can start to increase life chances and support economic growth.
The prime focus of our work is in support of the communities where Aldridge Education (the Trust we established in 2016 which is responsible for the performance of Aldridge schools) and Aldridge Wealth (the Family’s investment arm which specialises in enabling ambitious entrepreneurs to accelerate their business growth) operate.
Sir Rod Aldridge launched the Foundation in 2006 after retiring from Capita Plc, the business he set up and which became one of this country’s most successful companies. Over 10 years we developed a family of sponsored non-selective community academy schools and colleges that have a strong focus on developing enterprise skills and on rapidly improving the quality of education on offer in order to transform the life-chances of young people. In September 2016 we established Aldridge Education as a multi-academy trust which is now responsible for the performance of the schools.
The Foundation now focusses on creating social change and community regeneration opportunities through enterprise and entrepreneurship to help young people to reach their potential and improve their communities. As part of this we have launched a partnership with Bristol Business School to develop the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. The Institute has hosted our first student enterprise summer school supported by NatWest and Smith & Williamson. You can follow the programme on twitter:
Sir Rod had a special message for our #ElevateSummerSchool students – best of luck with your pitches tomorrow!! #enterprise #entrepreneurship @aldridgeonline @AldridgeInstEE pic.twitter.com/fzyd0hVxmS
— Aldridge Foundation (@AldridgeFdn) June 27, 2019
OUR VISION is that by creating better opportunities and inspiring experiences for young people in the communities in which we work, those communities will benefit from increased life chances and increased economic growth.
“Education has the power to transform underprivileged communities. Providing an inspiring and enterprising education, which equips students with both qualifications and essential life skills, not only helps young people to realise their potential but also gives hope and aspiration back to communities.”
Sir Rod Aldridge OBE, Founder