Ada, the National College for Digital Skills

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Ada, the National College for Digital Skills.
Broad Lane

N15 4AG
MottoThink. Create. Develop. With Ada.
FounderMark Smith and Tom Fogden[1][2][3]
ChairNick Wilcock
CEOMark Smith

Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. (Ada College) is a further education college in Tottenham Hale, London. It is named after Ada Lovelace and opened in September 2016.[4] Its curriculum is designed with input from founding industry partners such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Gamesys, IBM, Deloitte, and King. Their founding education partner is the Aldridge Foundation.[5] The Board is chaired by Nick Wilcock and Martha Lane Fox[6] is Ada's Patron.[7]


The Prime Minister announced the formation of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, in 2014 in a move to open five new National Colleges in crucial industries.[8] The National Colleges have a mission to work designing the curriculum with employers “to produce the skills needed now and into the future to ensure the UK remains innovative and at the forefront of pioneering industry.”[8]

Ada was founded by Mark Smith and Tom Fogden, both of the inaugural Teach First cohort which aims to get talented teachers into classrooms in low income areas.[5] Previously Smith assisted Lord Adonis writing his book Education, Education, Education.[7]

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Gamesys, Deloitte Digital, IBM, King and the Aldridge Foundation are the colleges founding partners. Capital Funding is supplied by BEIS, the GLA and Haringey Council.[9]

Ada opened to its first cohort of students in 2016 and became the first brand new further education college in England since 1993.[10]

Within 5 years the London campuses will have educated 2,500 students and apprentices through its taught provision and online learning platform.[10] There will be an ongoing cohort of 1,500 per annum in London and plans in place for a campus outside London.[10]

By September 2019 Ada will move to a new 6,000 sq m campus in Tottenham Hale.[11] [1] The project, which is part of a major regeneration push led by the Mayor of London and Haringey Council, will create a new college building.[12]


The College opened its ‘Hub’ campus in Tottenham Hale in September 2016 with a 16-19 cohort of 59 students. A further 75+ will enrol in Autumn 2017. The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation launched in May 2017 with an initial cohort of apprentices from Google, the National Archives and Janus Henderson with a degree programme, validated by the Open University, at its core. The second cohort of apprentices starts in Autumn 2017 with over 10 blue-chip companies already signed up.[10]


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  2. ^ "How Ada aims to fill Britain's digital skills gap from Tottenham Hale". Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ Whittaker, Freddie (26 January 2015). "Digital skills duo told to drop Code College title". FE Week. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ Hill, Dave (2016-08-19). "How Ada aims to fill Britain's digital skills gap from Tottenham Hale". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  5. ^ a b Editor, Greg Hurst, Education. "First college of coding aims to unlock Britain's silicon skills". Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  6. ^ "Martha Lane Fox hopes digital skills college will prevent IT firms hiring "same kinds of faces"". ComputerWeekly. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  7. ^ a b "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  8. ^ a b "Government confirms £80 million for National Colleges to deliver the workforce of tomorrow - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  9. ^ "Ada College Partners".
  10. ^ a b c d "Ada National College for Digital Skills Official Opening - press release.pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  11. ^ "Ashley Road South | ADA COLLEGE". Retrieved 2017-08-01.
  12. ^ "Mayor announces further £65m investment in London's colleges". London City Hall. Retrieved 2017-08-01.