19 June 2014
Creating a new generation of leaders
The Powerlist Foundation and Aspirations Academies Trust are pleased to announce that our proposed Leadership College was approved by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, today.
The College will be a sixth form school for up to 720 pupils and is on target to open in September 2015 in a central London location, initially with up to 300 students. The new College was approved under the Free School programme. It will be a partnership between The Powerlist Foundation – a charity formed by a number of men and women who have featured in the Powerlist magazine, which profiles Britain's most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage – and Aspirations Academies Trust.
The vision for the Powerlist Leadership College (PLC) is to create a new generation of London's leaders and equip them to pursue excellence by instilling in them a strong sense of ambition, drive and confidence to achieve. It will be a distinctive, inclusive and diverse college with leadership and aspiration at its core and will offer an outstanding education for young Londoners who do not have the significant advantages of wealth, contacts and private education.
The College will take students from across the London and aims to attract ambitious young people from across the capital. The power of established leaders will be harnessed through the Powerlist network to inspire, role model and encourage students to raise their ambitions. The Aspirations Framework provides a research grounded, tried and tested methodology that unlocks students' academic, personal and social potential.
Steve Kenning, Chief Executive of the Aspirations Academies Trust, says:
'We are absolutely delighted with the news that the Powerlist Leadership College is to become a reality. The moral purpose displayed by the Powerlist Foundation in wanting to help both the young and the young and disadvantaged to develop the skills, qualifications and qualities required for success in this global society was attractive to us. We are working to deliver a college with a unique and innovative curriculum and educational provision. The location in Central London will mean that any 16 year old in Greater London can apply for a place at the college'
Ken Olisa, O.B.E, Chair of the Powerlist Foundation says:
'The Powerlist Leadership College will identify and nurture extraordinary young people. Their distinguishing feature will be the combination of academic excellence and the ability to inspire others to make positive impacts on our nation's fortunes.
"Too often opportunities like this are only available to students whose parents can afford to pay for their education. The Powerlist Leadership College will be open to all, irrespective of their family circumstances. And for those whose earlier education has failed them, our Foundation Year will offer the opportunity to catch up.
"'Sharing success with tomorrow's leaders' is the Powerlist Foundation's motto. We will live this by using our links with leadership role models across all walks of life to provide students, parents and teachers with access to a rich source of experience and networking."
Michael Eboda, Founder of the Powerlist magazine and Deputy Chair of the Powerlist Foundation, says: "When I started the Powerlist, eight years ago, I had no idea that it would lead to this. I'm thrilled, proud and honoured that we have been awarded this opportunity to give so many young people a chance to benefit from the success of some of Britain's most influential people. The school will be inclusive in its pupil and teacher make-up and we look forward to offering a first-class education to young people from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds, in particular those who start with a disadvantage.
"There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about Britishness. I think the ethos of our school: inclusiveness, sharing and lending a hand to people who have not had the advantage of privilege, exemplifies precisely those values."
Aspiring students can apply through two routes for 2015 entry: either for the 150 places available on the Core Two Year 'A' level and Leadership Programme or for the further 150 places available on the Foundation Year Three Year Programme. The Foundation Year Three Programme is targeted to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who need to improve their GCSE grades to achieve the grades required to follow the Two Year A Level and Leadership Programme.
There will be a number of events over the next few months to which prospective students and their parents are invited to attend to find out more. To register to attend a briefing or to send an expression of interest all prospective students should email:
For further information and interview bids please contact Vanessa Miner on 07802 471156
Note to Editors:
About Aspirations Academies Trust
Aspirations Academies Trust is a multi-academy schools trust and a charity operating in association with the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) QISA is an independent, nonprofit organisation dedicated to promoting and putting into practice the conditions that foster student aspirations in schools and learning communities around the world.
We believe that for students to have high aspirations, they must believe in themselves, be actively engaged in their learning, and see the connection between what they learn today and who they want to become tomorrow. There is a research-based set of principles and conditions which informs the educational Framework used by Aspirations to best ensure the success of all students. TheFramework has been used, alongside effective teaching and learning strategies, by Headteachers Steve and Paula Kenning to create highly successful schools in England over the past fifteen years. From this experience they developed the idea of Aspirations Academies.
Further information can be found at: www.aspirationsacademies.org
About the Powerlist Foundation
The Powerlist Foundation is a charity, formed in 2010 by a number of men and women featured in the annual Powerlist Magazine, which profiles Britain's most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage with a focus of "sharing success with tomorrow's leaders". Our vision is a world where personal achievement depends on talent and application and is not affected by colour, race, gender or religion. We intend to help make that come about by applying the power of those who have already achieved success to raise the ambitions and ease the path of those in the community who are yet to realise their full potential.
In October 2013 the Powerlist Foundation decided to form a partnership with the Aspirations Academies Trust, a small, successful and dynamic multi-academy trust with significant experience and success in education in London.
About Ken Olisa
Ken Olisa OBE, a businessman and philanthropist, is the founding Chairman of the Powerlist Foundation. He is Chairman of technology merchant bank, Restoration Partners and a non-executive Director of Thomson Reuters. He Chairs £100+m charity Shaw Trust and Thanes Reach – a London-based charity devoted to ending rough sleeping in the Capital. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for his work in tackling homelessness in London. He was an inaugural member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) charged with ending the MPs' expenses scandal. In 2013 he and his wife endowed the Olisa Library at his alma mater - Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
About the Powerlist Magazine
The Powerlist: Britain's Most Influential Black People is an annual publication published by Powerful Media Ltd. It was the brainchild of journalist Michael Eboda, who is the company's CEO.
The Powerlist, which is endorsed by Prime Minister David Cameron, is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters among others and is sent out to a large number of schools across the country, many of whom use it as a role model guide for pupils.
Digital link: http://content.yudu.com/A2if9m/Plist2014/
Contacts: Michael Eboda – 07824990006 or 0207 531 4960