The internet has transformed the way we interact, the way we communicate with each other and the way we do business.
We hear complaints from employers that today’s young people do not have the skills needed to meet the challenges of the job market. Increasingly, jobseekers are having to retrain in more and more digitally-focused areas to find work.
The Ada Lovelace Academy will put these core work skills at the heart of its curriculum and approach, to ensure our pupils are work-ready the minute they graduate and that they are equipped with the abilities needed to flourish in the 21st Century job market.
The world is becoming truly global. Businesses have had to learn to adapt to the new ways of working, and many have struggled to survive.
We believe that an entrepreneurial mindset is a necessity in succeeding in today’s world. Entrepreneurship is a core philosophy of looking at the world as a series of opportunities and challenges with risks and rewards – a philosophy which empowers and enables individuals to achieve define and achieve their goals.
Our pupils will be taught by world-leading entrepreneurs from London and beyond; inspirational individuals who will teach the key frameworks to help them succeed financially from the minute they graduate.
Ideas are fantastic, but they can often be impractical without a solid business case behind them, or project management framework before them.
Many small businesses fail because they didn’t place core business skills at the heart of their ideas and dreams.
The Ada Lovelace Academy will teach its pupils how best to assess ideas and opportunities, when not to take unnecessary risks, and instruct them in the methodologies and practices on which success can often depend.
In an increasingly competitive landscape for work placements, educational placements and investment, presenting oneself is an essential component in making oneself stand out.
Regular public speaking lessons, as well as presentations, debates, and networking training and events, will prepare our pupils for the fast-paced world of business with skills well beyond their years.
Computers are everywhere and yet still often invisible in the modern classroom.
We will provide each pupil with the latest appropriate devices, access to the latest in 3D printing, high-speed internet, and all the coolest – and most useful – technology available.
In an era where the pace of technological change is at its fastest in recent memory, we believe that only through access to the best and most current technology can young people maximise the opportunities afforded by the future.
We believe passionately in ensuring the best possible pastoral care for our pupils and we believe that it should be lead by those who need it: the pupils.
Each year group will elect a Pupil President and a Pupil Governing Body which will set and administer the rules of behaviour for all pupils, with a system of checks and balances in place through the teaching faculty and board of governors.
We believe this bottom-up approach to pastoral care will revolutionise how young people see themselves: as young adults with personal responsibility, not as children being told what to do.
We’ve spent a long time thinking about how best to ensure the business leaders of tomorrow are as effective, efficient, creative and digitally enabled as possible, so they can meet the challenges of the next generation.
We’re working on a curriculum that celebrates design, coding skills, business logic, a sound grasp of numbers, writing for the internet age, management philosophies and holistic, dialogue-led learning practices.
In short, we’re creating a school for everyone that thinks they’re not like everyone else.
We’re building a school for the next Sir Jony Ive; Sir James Dyson; Steve Jobs; Marissa Mayer; Sheryl Sandberg; Sir Tim Berners-Lee; Deborah Meaden; Levi Roots; and you.
If you want to change the world, we want to help you do it.
We’re going to need a lot a support; not least in terms of skills, framing the curriculum and navigating the application process for Free School status, as well as fundraising, to create the best possible technologically-enabled school the world has ever seen.
We’re fundraising currently – every penny counts and will go towards ensuring this idea succeeds.Donate
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