The Aldridge Foundation sponsors seven entrepreneurial academy schools and a Studio School, with two University Technical Colleges and a second Studio School in development. Sir Rod Aldridge is also Chair of the National College for Digital Skills, a new FE college whose development is being supported by the Foundation.
Sir Rod endowed 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. The Aldridge Foundation is the operational name of The Rodney Aldridge Charitable Trust, a charity regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (no 1102285). For more information please visit the Charity Commission website.
Is of a more successful society where young people, irrespective of their background, have the essential skills and entrepreneurial qualities they need to take control of their own lives and contribute to the community around them.
Is that, by the age of 25, all Aldridge graduates will have experienced an outstanding and enjoyable education and be able to sustain the life of their choice. They will be independent, thriving economically and making a real, positive contribution to their communities.
Is that by introducing young people to, and helping develop in them, the core attributes of entrepreneurship, we can provide context and relevance to their learning, foster creativity, resilience, determination and self-reliance. These characteristics lead to the acquisition of further vital skills for adult life.
The way we work
We are unafraid to challenge conventional thinking, and a culture of low expectations. We believe there are no limits to what young people can achieve.
In our academies, the emphasis on entrepreneurial characteristics provides context for the learning of core subjects and is integrated into all areas of academy life. All students have the opportunity to participate in entrepreneurial-related activity within and beyond the formal curriculum. These are based on a ‘learning through doing’ approach, ensuring that we bring the real world into the classroom, and take the classroom into the real world. This is key to our educational approach.
The Foundation is committed to a distributed governance model. All academies and centres of learning we currently sponsor are set up as separate trusts, or as part of local Multi-Academy Trusts.
Ofsted inspectors have cited governance as a strength in reports at a number of our schools.
“Brilliant sponsors are transforming schools that have been failing their pupils for years – sponsors like…The Aldridge Foundation”
Lord Nash speaking in the House of Lords