The Aldridge Foundation is an educational charity founded by Sir Rod Aldridge OBE
in 2006 to help young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges.
The Foundation sponsors Academies at Darwen in Lancashire, which opened in 2008,
Brighton (2010) and Portslade (2011) in Sussex and on Portland in Dorset (2012), with Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School opening in 2013 and Kensington Aldridge Academy in London opening in 2014. The Foundation is also a lead partner in the recently announced University Technical College for MediaCityUK in Salford.
Brighton and Hove is co-sponsoring the academy and will sit alongside the Aldridge Foundation on the Governing body. It sees this Academy as integral to its strategy for secondary education across the Authority. The Council’s involvement will ensure that Academy plays a full part in the local family of schools and will take the lead in ensuring the continuity and development of the existing community services (adult education, library and sports centre) hosted at the school.
PACA is developing a close working relationship with the whole University to develop the curriculum at the academy and ensure a wide range of educational opportunities for its students. The University will support the Academy’s specialisms and provide opportunities to enrich and enhance learning. In particular, the Academy will work with the University to build our student’s aspiration encouraging more to consider higher education as an option after leaving school. The partnership will also have an impact on teaching at the academy, and we have ambitious plans to work together over the next few years as part of the university’s commitment to widening access to its courses and facilities. PACA will also work in close partnership with the Innovations Unit at the University of Sussex to develop entrepreneurship amongst our students and the wider community.