David Benson was educated at St Paul’s School and then St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read Social & Political Sciences.
David is the founding Principal of Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA). As Principal at KAA, David has led the school from it’s opening with just one year group in 2014, to an “outstanding” Ofsted rating in 2017, and excellent GCSE & A level results, with over 50% of students progressing to Russell Group universities, and several to Oxbridge each year.
David led KAA through the challenging circumstances following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. The school lost 5 students in the fire and many were relocated from their homes. Due to the school’s proximity to the tower, it was forced to relocate, first to two local schools for the remainder of the summer term, and then to temporary buildings for a full academic year in 2017-2018.
Prior to his role as Principal at KAA, David worked for ARK schools, one the UK’s leading academy chains, for 8 years. At BDA David was part of the team who, under Dame Sally Coates’ leadership, turned the school around and raised results from 35% 5 A*-C at GCSE (inc. EN & MA) in the year he joined to 75% in the year he left, making BDA was one of the fastest improving schools in the UK. During this time at BDA, David co-authored a book about the leadership and management of teaching & learning and assessment, ‘Creating Outstanding Classrooms’ (Routledge 2013), and edited a set of case studies about opening a new school.