Archive for: April 2015

  • KAA Boys Basketball team crowned Year 7 West London Basketball champions!

    Date: April 24th 2015

    Kensington Aldridge Academy’s Boys Basketball team have been crowned Year 7 West London Basketball champions. The team have had a fantastic season, with a 100% unbeaten record in the league. The boys were presented with the league trophy after beating Fulham College Boys 18 – 12 in their last game of the season.The basketball team trains after school once a week and competes in the league during Enrichment time.

    Speaking about their success team member Bilal said “There were some days we didn’t have any subs and that was really tiring, but we encouraged each other and did really well. The final game was the hardest because it was really close. My favourite moment was lifting the trophy.” Teammate Haytam added they were successful because “we worked well as team.”

    PE teacher and team coach Mr Bernard said “it was a proud moment seeing them lift the school’s first ever cup!”

    Recent Results:
    KAA 37 – 6 Chelsea Academy

    KAA 10 – 6 Fulham Boys

    KAA 30 – 20 Fulham College Boys

    KAA 30 – 4 Notting Hill Prep

    KAA 16 – 14 Hurlingham and Chelsea

    KAA 20 – 6 Hammersmith Academy

    KAA 14 -10 Burlington Danes

  • Ofsted says “good” – students say “fantastic”!

    Date: April 22nd 2015

    Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio is celebrating after it received an official “Good” rating from Ofsted in every aspect of the inspection.

    The inspection took place just before the Easter break and the Report, published today, highlights that the school was performing well in every headline category. The quality of teaching, the achievement of students, the performance of the sixth form, behaviour and safety of students, and leadership and management of the school were all rated as Good.   

    Principal Ruth Bradbury said “It’s actually very difficult to gain a “good” rating from Ofsted under the more rigorous framework now used. The outcome is testament to the dedication and skill of staff as well as the academic ability and excellent behaviour of our students. It is also proof that the unique nature of the Studio school curriculum which allows our students to study the subjects that they love and therefore excel in, is the way forward for many young people”.

    The report states “strong relationships between staff and students are apparent. Teachers and support staff make students feel positive about themselves and their work”. One student is quoted saying “everyone knows each other as a person and that helps you find your talents.”

    Parents’ views on behaviour and safety are also highlighted: “parents agree that students’ behaviour is well-managed and that their children feel safe at the studio.”

    Principal Ruth Bradbury concluded “as the aim for the Studio school is to make students more work-and university- ready than traditional educators,. Statements such as “almost all students have secured university places or work for when they leave the studio. Some students have received unconditional university offers because of the talents they have displayed” and virtually all students have a clear and realistic idea of what they want to do in the future and the steps they need to take to realise their ambitions” will make the parents of prospective students understand we can make a difference.

    For more information and to read the Ofsted report please see: