Proposed studio school we backed could open in 2015

Great news – the Government have approved an initial proposal for a new studio school in London by the Aldridge Foundation, to be called the “Aldridge Centre for Entrepreneurship” (ACE). We supported the Aldridge Foundation’s proposal along with a number of other organisations. More information below:

The government has announced the approval of a proposal for a new studio school for London by the Aldridge Foundation, backed by major employers and education partners.

The Aldridge Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) will offer a new form of education for 14-19 year olds.  Students will develop academic and employability skills in preparation for life as a core part of the curriculum.  Building on the experience of our existing entrepreneurial academies, and working alongside our employer partners led by Asda, every single student at ACE will be involved in running a real business.  We will be using the innovative and highly successful ‘Team Enterprise’ model, developed in Finland and delivered successfully across Europe, for degree as well as secondary school-level students as a basis for our academic and practical learning (see www.akatemia.org.uk for more details on the approach).

Honor Wilson-Fletcher, CEO of the Aldridge Foundation said:

“We have already seen what access to high quality entrepreneurship education can do. It is genuinely transformative – for students, and for the communities around the schools where they learn.  A dynamic centre, in our Capital City, for independent, creative young people fired up by the chance to take control of their learning and shape their own futures through enterprise is a very exciting prospect.   We know that industry is crying out for school leavers who have an understanding of what it means to run a business in the UK. ACE graduates will have an incredible head-start in life – whether working for someone else, or for themselves.”

Paul Kelly, External Affairs Director of employer partner Asda said:

“Working with local communities, and in education, is key to Asda’s vision and success, and we see supporting the Aldridge Centre for Entrepreneurship as a fantastic next step for us.  Being able to work with the Aldridge Foundation team to bring together our resources and skills with theirs, to develop an effective new model for learning is a very exciting prospect.’

If the proposal is successful in gaining Funding Agreement from the Secretary of State, the school, which would cater for 300 students when at full capacity, will open in September 2015. The bid has been supported by Asda, the Confederation of British Industry, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, UnLtd, vInspired, OCR, the University of West England, MyBnk, A Very Good Company, TechHub, The Found Generation, Future Foundations, Enabling Enterprise, Akatemia, Renaissance Foundation, Seven Hills Group and a number of Members of Parliament.

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