Who We Are
Twenty-three fully qualified teachers, all working at senior levels; designed, piloted, reviewed and perfected our programme over 3 years. After a combined 239 years of teaching experience and with over 500 student interviews conducted, we created the ‘ABC’ approach.
Our approach, focuses on developing AMBITION, BELIEF and CONFIDENCE. We found that 98% of our students who displayed this combination of soft skills went on to achieve every goal they had set themselves.
So we invited a cohesion of professionals, from various organisations; to come together to support our students in developing their ABC approach and creating success stories.
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 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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