Knighthood - Sir Rod Aldridge

The Chairman & Founder of the Aldridge Foundation, Rod Aldridge, has received further recognition for his work on behalf young people with the announcement of a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List. The Foundation is an educational charity which sponsors entrepreneurial schools, with three Aldridge Community Academies already established – in Darwen, Brighton and Portslade. Plans for Academies in Kensington and Portland are also well under way.

The award follows the Award made to Sir Rod for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the Education Investor Awards in November 2011, and a period in which the Foundation and the Academies have received a good deal of public recognition, including:

· Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) recording another increase in their GCSE results and record-breaking A Level results - a 98% pass rate with 25% at A or A*. Seventeen students were offered a place at University - each being the first in their family to carry on to Higher Education.

· Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) achieving a 64% increase in the numbers of students securing 5 or more GCSEs at Grades A*-C, including English and Maths, from the previous year. 1

· DACA being recognised as one of the country's most improved schools by SSAT.

· BACA winning the e-Teach Academy Development Award at the Education Business Awards 2011.

· The Foundation being named British Council for School Environments’ Academy Sponsor of the Year .

· The Aldridge Academies’ and Enabling Enterprise’s jointly run competition being awarded High Impact Status for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The last year has also seen the opening of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, with £12million of investment secured.

Sir Rod Aldridge OBE said:

"I am delighted by this news and deeply honoured by the recognition of my work for young people - something which is of great importance to me. I am particularly proud that this highlights the work of The Aldridge Foundation, which aims to improve educational performance through the development of an entrepreneurial approach to life by young people."

“I do think that an entrepreneurial mindset gives people the life skills to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve, and take control of their life. We want our academies to give people opportunities they would otherwise not have.”

“We have a very exciting programme for 2012 and I am sure that this recognition can only help in developing the work of the Foundation and the Academies.”

In addition to his work through the Foundation Sir Rod is also Patron and former trustee of The Prince’s Trust, Chair of The Lowry, the art and entertainment venue in Salford, Chair of v, the volunteering charity, and a member of the Prince of Wales' Charities Council.