Constructed in nine weeks, Kensington Aldridge academy’s temporary home is helping its young people to move forward

On a former military parade ground once used to exercise cavalry horses, the “fastest school ever built” has opened its doors to students displaced by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

Until the terrible events of 14 June, Kensington Aldridge academy (KAA) was a pristine £26m school with state-of-the-art facilities and a bold new ethos. Its location at the foot of Grenfell Tower tied its fortunes to the disaster, which left an estimated 80 people dead.

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