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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Provider of the Year

EXCITING NEWS - The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy sponsor The Aldridge Foundation was named Academy Provider of the Year 2012 at the EducationInvestor Awards, sponsored by Lloyds TSB.

This awards judging panel, which included representatives from the Department for Education and the CBI, as well as senior figures from the world of education, chose the Foundation ahead of a strong field of academy chains.  The award cites the Foundation's commitment to entrepreneurship, with one of the judges’ comments highlighting the Foundation’s "sheer innovation and clear direction."

Collecting the award with Foundation Chairman Sir Rod Aldridge was Honor Wilson-Fletcher, who said: "Our delight at receiving the award was all the greater on hearing that it was our commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation that really impressed the judges.  This is an award earned by and for all our academies. We are very proud of our family of schools, our students and the whole team that supports them."

Academy Principal Designate Alison Appleyard said: “It is a tremendous achievement and is absolutely fantastic news. It is further recognition that the children of Portland are being supported by the very best.”

The Academy was recently praised by senior Government official Adam Jackson, Director at the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation. In a follow up letter after a recent visit to Portland Mr. Jackson wrote:

“I have visited many schools in the last 4 years. I have to say that IPACA is the most impressive project I have seen. I was blown away by the commitment of all the schools in the Academy to come together to seek to transform Portland.”