The son of a metal worker, Rod Aldridge left school at 16 with a handful of O-levels. The school dropout went on to set up Capita Group in 1987 – an outsourcing firm which he built into a FTSE 100 giant.
On retiring from Capita in 2006, he established a family foundation devoted to helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Now Aldridge, who has long campaigned for entrepreneurship to be added to the statutory curriculum, has applied to open his own school in Tower Hamlets.
According to The Aldridge Foundation’s website, it will be “a new kind of 14-19 professional and vocational school that will allow students to develop real businesses whilst acquiring other qualifications”.
“We need to integrate a high-quality entrepreneurship curriculum into education, recognising its value as they have done in Sweden,” it says. “We need to start young, when students are still naturally demonstrating the core attributes and behaviours that contribute to entrepreneurial success, which many traditional approaches to education can dampen.”
The idea is for the School for Entrepreneurs to act as a showcase for other educators.
The foundation has called on businesses to support the project, help develop the curriculum and provide entrepreneurial work experience for students.
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