AA EDUCATES

Who We Are

MISSION, VISION
AND ASPIRATION:

The Mission

To ensure that bright young minds from underserved communities aspire and achieve beyond the school gates

The Vision

We visualise a world where there are fair chances of success for all, that align with ambition, ability and potential

The Aspiration

To establish an alternative provision school that nurtures students in becoming the highest, truest version of themselves

OUR FOUNDER

Introducing Andrine Allen, the passionate and dedicated founder of our organisation. With over a decade of experience as a fully qualified teacher in inner-London state schools, Andrine's commitment is unparalleled.

Her exceptional work and unwavering dedication to education have not gone unnoticed. She was recently acknowledged as one of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment, and mission-driven business. Andrine was proudly included in NatWest WISE100, a prestigious organisation's list of top 100 women. This recognition is a testament to her leadership and her positive impact on countless lives.

However, Andrine's journey to success was not always straightforward.

From a young age, Andrine recognised her academic gifts and potential, yet unfortunately, they went unnoticed by others. Despite her ambition for success, she lacked guidance and direction. A disheartening work experience placement at the age of 15 only deepened her uncertainty about the future.

Although she left school with 9 A-C GCSEs and a reservoir of untapped potential, Andrine did not have a clear path forward. While navigating through various low-paid jobs and facing the challenges of early motherhood, she found herself in a small mother-and-baby unit, reluctantly accepting what seemed like an inevitable foregone conclusion.

A turning point came when a dear friend, who shared Andrine's academic gifts and potential, tragically took their own life. Deeply affected by this loss, Andrine realised that she had to seize the opportunities her friend could no longer pursue. Motivated by their memory, she took control of her destiny.

Andrine's resilience and self-motivation led her to enrol in college and become the first person in her family to attend university. During this transformative journey, she discovered her true calling: to become a teacher and impact the lives of students like herself, who possessed ability but lacked opportunity.

Driven by her own experiences and a deep belief in every young person's potential, Andrine took on a new challenge during the Covid pandemic. She led a team of teachers and established a free tuition and mentoring service to support disadvantaged students. This initiative received valuable support from The Tobun Foundation and Lambeth Council, enabling them to reach even more young minds in need.

Andrine's journey continues with a clear purpose; to ensure that young people do not have to endure the emptiness that comes with a yearning for a better future. Her leadership, unwavering passion, and tireless efforts continue to transform lives.

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SKILL BUILDERS

DR. AKUA
DR. AKUA
ANTHNEIL
ANTHNEIL
COSHIA BELVET
COSHIA BELVET
+ Board Member

OUR BOARD

ANGELA FAIRS
ANGELA FAIRS
Headteacher (UK)
Founding Principal (Internationally)
ELAINE WALKER
ELAINE WALKER
Education strategist and
Impact Investor
ROBERT CHALLIS
ROBERT CHALLIS
CEO of Tangent Synergy and Chief
of Staff to Sir Harvey McGrath
NICK MERCER
NICK MERCER
Ex-Commercial Director at
Eurostar and Chair of Investors
AMY COSTELLO
AMY COSTELLO
Head of Communications
and Marketing
PAUL LAITY
PAUL LAITY
Senior Executive experienced in
international defence aviation
RICHARD KING
RICHARD KING
Retired EY Partner, Investor and
Non-Executive Director
TENISHA DAVIS-JONES
TENISHA DAVIS-JONES
Assistant Headteacher

OUR STUDENT BOARD

AQEEL
AQEEL
Year 9 student
EREN
EREN
Year 8 student
KAYDIA
KAYDIA
Year 10 student
KEMAR
KEMAR
Year 7 student