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All teaching is aimed at being of practical use and integrated in general learning - filling in forms, working with money, writing invitations to parents. Social enterprises help to ensure pupils’ learning is made practical and given value.  A collaboration with the Gate Restaurant gave pupils training in chocolate making and thus chocolate is made at college and sold at the theatre. A Friday staff cafe is run and managed by pupils - taking orders for staff lunches ...

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Executive Principal

Since 2014, Viv Berkley who was appointed as the first executive principal of the newly formed Ambitious College. Has a long history of working in special education, leaving Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College where she was head of inclusive learning, to join Ambitious College. She is practical and pragmatic, always looking for real life learning experiences and solutions to develop independence in the students and commitment to high standards in the staff.

She is also political enough to know how to push for funding, to raise the profile of specialist colleges, to argue why there are no capital grants for specialist colleges and to deal with two Ofsted inspections in the years she has managed the two campuses. We were impressed that despite the overview she needs to...

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