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Grenfell Tower fire: Neighbouring school to temporarily relocate away from stricken building

Kensington Aldridge Academy will move next to Ark Burlington Danes Academy in White City where new classrooms are being built

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA) is to open a temporary school building in September following the fire at neighbouring Grenfell Tower .

It will be located at next to Ark Burlington Danes Academy in Scrubs Lane, White City, where its Year 7, 8 and 9 students had their lessons for the final five weeks of the summer term after the KAA building was closed as a result of the fire.

The school says the state-of-the-art facilities will allow it to deliver the same high quality curriculum to the 960 students on roll from September 2017.

KAA students will have their summer holidays extended by one week to allow for the completion of the school.

The school has also struck a deal with Oxford University to allow its A level students to study there and use its facilities for one week, to ensure they do not fall behind on their studies.

The temporary Kensington Aldridge Academy, which is being built in Scrubs Lane(Image: Kensington Aldridge Academy)

The announcement comes on the same day the school revealed impressive AS level results which placed it among the best in the country .

The temporary buildings will have the same specialist classrooms found on its Silchester Road site, including:

  • Eight science labs.
  • Two IT suites.
  • Two Art rooms.
  • Food Technology room.
  • Two Design Technology workshops.
  • Textiles room.
  • Drama studio.
  • Dance studio.
  • Two music rooms.
  • Two libraries.
  • Autism centre.

KAA also boasted about the non academic facilities, saying: “In addition to these specialist classrooms, the outdoor facilities at new building are, quite simply, incredible.

“As a result, we will be able to add pony riding, BMX, baseball and more to our enrichment programme.

A plan of the temporary Kensington Aldridge Academy(Image: Kensington Aldridge Academy)

The Linford Christie Stadium is just a two minute walk away, and will provide a multitude of specialist sports facilities for our PE curriculum and enrichment activities.”

Addressing the Residential Week which will see sixth formers studying at Oxford from September 11 to 15, KAA said: “All Y12 and Y13 students will be staying and Hertford College and Queen’s College, Oxford, and be taught their A Level lessons in Oxford’s facilities.

A plan of the temporary Kensington Aldridge Academy(Image: Kensington Aldridge Academy)

“We are confident this will be a positive, aspirational start to the year for sixth formers and give us momentum for the year ahead.”

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