In late 2013 the Grenfell Action Group approached the Aldridge Foundation to request that local people are given genuine employment opportunities at the Kensington Academy and that these workers be treated with respect and be paid the London Living Wage. It was explained to the Aldridge Foundation that our community doesn’t want companies given contracts at the new Academy who are only prepared to pay minimum wages and further exploit workers with zero hour contracts.
David Benson, the newly appointed Head of the Kensington Academy, listened respectfully to these requests and promised to bear them in mind as the KALC project developed. Last month, we wrote to Mr Benson and asked him to update our community with details about employment opportunities and whether the Aldridge Foundation will be demanding that employees at the Kensington Academy are paid the London Living Wage.
We have detailed the Academy’s response to our question (in bold) below:
Please can you inform me what progress have you made with the Grenfell Action Groups’ request that you secure the London Living Wage for Academy employees and the Academy’s contractors employees?
This is not yet confirmed as the academy is exploring different options for catering and cleaning. However, David would like me to restate that it is his ambition to pay the Living Wage to all employees as he did in his previous school Ark Academy.
THESE WORDS MEAN VERY LITTLE AT THE MOMENT AND RESIDENTS OF LANCASTER WEST HAVE GROWN CYNICAL AND TIRED OF THE PROMISES MADE BY THE COUNCIL/TMO/ALDRIDGE ACADEMY/ETC. TO OUR COMMUNITY. HOWEVER, THE GRENFELL ACTION GROUP ARE TRUSTING THAT THE ALDRIDGE ACADEMY UNDERSTAND THE VERY REAL BENEFITS OF TREATING PEOPLE WITH RESPECT AND A GOOD WAY OF SHOWING THIS IS BY PAYING THE LONDON LIVING WAGE.
THE PROOF OF THEIR UNDERSTANDING, AS ALWAYS, WILL BE IN THE PUDDING.
We have been advised by the Aldridge Foundation that they are currently advertising several non-teaching positions at the Kensington Aldridge Academy (catering manager, school librarian and receptionist). Anyone interested can find more information via this link: