• Duke’s Student Eren Lands Role In Channel 4 Drama

    Date: April 6th 2018

    Duke’s Aldridge Academy year 7 student Eren Ozsayen has landed a role in  ‘A Mother’s Love’, part of a trilogy of films being made under the 4stories scheme for Channel 4.

    4STORIES is a Channel 4 and BlackLight initiative to promote under-represented voices in drama as part of a campaign to change the landscape of who makes and appears on the nation’s television screens.

    The scheme gives a first television credit to highly talented and exciting new writers and directors who come from under-represented backgrounds due to their gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.
    The three writers and directors have been chosen from thousands of applications. They are some of the UK’s most exciting and original new talent.

    ‘A Mother’s Love’ will be one of three distinct half hour films exploring crime and criminal justice from the perspective of female protagonists. Eren has a non speaking but significant part in the TV drama playing Faisal, the best friend of the lead boy.

    Eren recently performed in Duke’s much praised production of The Little Shop of Horrors.

  • Students Row For Sports Relief

    Date: April 5th 2018

    Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students and teachers rallied together to raise over £250 for Sport Relief in one day! BACA’s PE faculty organised an all day row and cycle with the aim of rowing the length of the River Thames and cycling a leg of the Tour de France.

    Students diligently rowed or cycled in stints of 20 minutes and paid £1.50 to do so. Using Sport Relief’s donation page a further £95 was raised from staff and people in the wider community. This was a brilliant event that generated a lot of excitement and interest, in which everyone could participate and was reported by the Brighton Argus newspaper – see article here.

  • Will Called Up For Sussex Professional Squad on Tour

    Date: February 12th 2018

    Aldridge Cricket Academy student Will Sheffield has been selected by Sussex Cricket to join their professional squad on their pre-season tour to South Africa next month.

    Will will travel with the players to Cape Town for the two-week trip and have the opportunity to train and play with the first team alongside the likes of Jofra Archer, Luke Wells and Luke Wright and develop a relationship with Sussex’s new Head Coach, Jason Gillespie.

    Sussex Cricket’s Academy Director, Carl Hopkinson, said: “Joining the squad’s pre-season tour will be an invaluable experience for Will.”

    “The trip to South Africa will give him a further taste of the demands on a professional cricketer and an indication of where he is in comparison to our first team squad.”

    Will became the first boy from the Aldridge Cricket Academy to join the Sussex Boys’ Academy when he was included in this year’s intake. A left-arm swing bowler and useful lower-order batsman, Will combines his sixth form studies with a dedicated cricket programme at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA). He said: “I am very pleased to be selected for this tour. It will be a great experience for me and I am really looking forward to the challenge of training and playing at a higher level of cricket.”


  • Kensington Aldridge Academy Rated Outstanding By Ofsted

    Date: January 29th 2018

    Kensington Aldridge Academy, a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools, has been graded Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in its first inspection. Inspectors concluded that: “Leaders, governors and staff have the highest ambitions for pupils. Together, they have created a school where pupils are happy, safe and making excellent progress. What the school has achieved and sustained is remarkable.”

    Ofsted’s report is full of praise for the academy’s students and their development, describing them as: “confident, resilient and hard working” and “prepared very well for life in modern Britain”. It concluded that students “make outstanding progress in nearly all subjects” and “develop into mature and thoughtful young adults”.

    Your can read more about the Ofsted report here.

  • Darwen Vale Students Take The Premier League Challenge

    Date: January 29th 2018

    A team from Darwen Vale High School were narrowly defeated when they represented Blackburn Rovers Community Trust in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge regional play-offs at Liverpool Football Club. The team, who earned the right to represent Rovers after winning the club heat at Ewood Park last December, went up against five other clubs in a bid to reach the national final in London later in the year. Read more here.

  • Oxford Beckons For Kensington Sixth Formers

    Date: January 20th 2018

    Three students from Kensington Aldridge Academy have received offers from Oxford University Colleges this term. Kai Sirleaf, was offered a place to read Spanish and Linguistics at Oriel College, Oxford. Titilayo Maathai was offered a place at Magdalen College Oxford to read English Literature, and Abdullahi Maathai was offered a place to read French and Russian at Christ Church, Oxford. This is a fantastic result from in our first year of university applications by the academy’s “founder cohort” of sixth form students.

  • PACA Footballers Narrowly Miss Out On Finals

    Date: November 20th 2017

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s year 7’s narrowly missed out on reaching the ESFA national finals at the Olympic Park.  In a dramatic match the boys drew 0-0 before drawing in a penalty shoot out, and finally losing out in a sudden death penalty shootout. The five-a-side tournament for 11 to 12 year-olds featured 16 boy and 12 girl teams, playing seven minute matches in a league format with three games, a quarter-final, semi-final and final.

  • David Benson Named On List Of London’s Most Influential People

    Date: October 20th 2017

    The Evening Standard newspaper has named Kensington Aldridge Academy Principal David Benson in its list of educationalists amongst the most influential people in London 2017.

    David Benson, Principal of Kensington Aldridge AcademyThe Progress 1000 accolade states: “Head of the school at the foot of Grenfell Tower, Benson was on the scene of the fire and kept the school running after the tragedy. He had to explain the events to pupils, arranged for them to sit their exams elsewhere and organised therapeutic support and counselling. He has praised the resilience shown by his pupils throughout the ordeal, saying he is proud and inspired by them and described them as “brilliant, lovely and sparky”.

  • Students Celebrate Exam Success

    Date: August 25th 2017

    Students across Aldridge Academies have celebrated exam success in the past two weeks. Amongst many exceptional results Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s Hummd Ghouri secured 14 GCSE’s including 8 grades at A*- A and Darwen Aldridge Community Academy’s Jasmine Haigh achieved A*AA A-Level grades. Jasmine plans to study Biochemistry at the University of Manchester.

    You can read about all of our student successes in our news section.

  • Construction Academy Wins National Award

    Date: July 12th 2017

    On Thursday 6th July the Aldridge KSD Construction Academy received the ‘Academy Partnership Award’ at the Education Business Awards.

    The Aldridge KSD Construction Academy, a specialist course at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, is a unique collaboration between education and industry that provides a technical training centre for post-16 students pursuing careers in construction.

    In 2016 the academy won the same award for its Brighton Digital Media Academy partnerships.

  • PACA Named Brighton’s Most Improved School of the Year

    Date: July 3rd 2017

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was recognised as Most Improved School of the Year at the Brighton Argus Youth In Action Awards yesterday. The Academy had a double celebration as Head of PSHCE & Student Leadership Dean Flynn was selected for the Teacher of the Year award.

    The Argus said; “The school in Portslade has gone from special measures before it became an academy in 2011 to being rated good across the board by Ofsted in a few short years.”

    The Awards come after hundreds of nominations were sent in by the public to The Argus before winners were chosen by votes from sponsors for the event. Director of Study for Art and Design, Sharon Durham, joined Dean in collecting the Most Improved School award on behalf of the academy.

  • BACA Students Wins National Citizens Service Award

    Date: March 30th 2017

    Future Foundations has named  Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students Caspian Armani, Keeley Wade and Rebecca Farley winners of their ‘National Citizens Service Award’ at its annual awards ceremony.

    Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership Institute are committed to supporting and celebrating young people who are working on innovative social action projects across the globe. The award recognised the students’ work on a local for their Community Hub and Café project. Theaward – supported by the NCS Trust – recognises the social impact of the projects that young people have created during their participation in a Future Foundations programme.

  • Callum Wins Individual Impact Award

    Date: March 30th 2017

    Future Foundations, an independent training organisation with a mission is to inspire young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders in their lives and within society, named UTC@harbourside student Callum Beers as the national winner of their Individual Impact Award at their Annual Awards ceremony on March 25th.

    Callum’s award  was open to members of Global Social Leaders Societies they have established and  assessed on criteria including measurable impact to date on the community, the student’s personal growth, learning/knowledge and skills gained, and creating a sustainable social action project involving other people and/organisations.

  • Darwen Vale Football Team Makes Cup Final

    Date: March 15th 2017

    Congratulations to the Year 7 football team at Darwen Vale who have made the BDSSA Town Cup Final after beating Pleckgate High School 4-3.

  • DACA Sixth Form Recognised For Outstanding Progress

    Date: March 8th 2017

    The sixth form at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy has received a certificate for the outstanding progress of its A-level performance.

    The certificate is recognised by both the Department for Education and Ofsted and was given by the Alps student-centered aspirational tracking system for progression and achievement.

    Alps analysed 2,580 schools and colleges’ A-level examination results from over the period of 2013-16. The analysis showed that DACA has achieved and maintained a consistently high level of performance in it’s A-level results for three years and is in the top 25 per cent of A-level providers in the country.

  • Work By DACA Student Is To Be Published

    Date: March 3rd 2017

    A big congratulations to Darwen Aldridge Academy sixth form student Khatijah Balu whose work has been published in the Young Writers Welcome to Wonderland special anthology.

  • ACA show off their skills whilst playing three matches in Dubai

    Date: February 24th 2017

    Students from the Aldridge Cricket Academy have returned from a tour of Dubai that gave them a unique insight into life and playing in in the United Arab Emirates.

    The fifteen BACA and PACA students were accompanied by Academy Cricket Director Alexia Walker, Strength and Conditioning Coach Rob Chave, and former Sussex player John Spencer, who acted as the Tour Ambassador. As well as playing three matches the squad visited the Zayed Grand Mosque, the Sheikh Mohammed Cultural Centre and took in a Pakistan Super League Twenty20 fixture. Here are the match reports from those matches:

    Match 1 v Reigate GS at ‘Sevens’ ground in Dubai: 35 over match ACA  140-7 in 32 overs (A Gent 33, A Malik  32).    Reigate 141-8 (W Sheffield 3-30, A O’Brien 2-23, F Thomson 1-13) Reigate won by 2 wickets.

    There was much excitement, anticipation and apprehension as we arrived at the very well resourced ‘Sevens’ ground in Dubai. The pitch looked good, the outfield lush and the weather cloudy with the threat of rain…..not what we expected while playing cricket in the desert! A steady start saw us reach 39-1 in 10 overs, very promising as it was our first bat on grass for at least five months. The next 10 overs produced just 32 runs as the batters struggled to ,find their timing against tight bowling and keen fielding. Just as the runs started to flow we went off for a rain break and an early lunch. The match was reduced to 32 overs (which was to our disadvantage; an observation, clearly not an excuse!) and we did very well to add 51 in the last 7 overs. Awais Malik scored a solid 32 and Alfie Gent a quick-fire 33. 140-7 was a competitive total. The bowlers acquitted themselves well. They were backed up by some keen fielding and, after 20 overs Reigate were 65-3; 75 to win in 12 overs, so the game was delicately poised. Finn Thomson (1-13 in 6 overs) bowled beautifully, to stem their flow of runs in the middle overs, and Louis Grahame bowled a good spell and claimed a crucial wicket. The game seemed to be slipping from our grasp when Will Sheffield came back and took 3 wickets. 11 to win in 2 overs; 6 required off the last over; 3 off the last ball….we couldn’t have written a better script! Will bowled a near perfect swinging yorker only to see it squirt off an inside edge to an unprotected boundary. So we lost by two wickets off the last ball….but what an opening game.

    Match 2: v Zayed Academy at the Zayed Stadium nursery ground, Abu Dhabi: 40 over match Zayed Academy 174 (C Hepburn 3-3, A O’Brien 2-23, F Thomson 2-33).  ACA 175-9 (W Sheffield 47 not out, A Gent 27, R Barnes 25, F Thomson 15). ACA won by 1wicket.

    The Zayed Stadium nursery ground is adjacent to the impressive Test Match ground. It provided another hard and well grassed wicket with lush grass on the sandy outfield. It was more a game of ‘four quarters’ than ‘two halves’ with ACA dominant at the crucial parts of the match. Zayed got off to a very solid start, accumulating 77-2 in the first 20 overs. Their progress was slowed down by a lovely spell of left spin by Adam O’Brien and we never allowed them to regain the initiative. We didn’t help ourselves by dropping far too many catches; however, we caught three ‘blinders’, two at slip by Redding Barnes and one in the deep by Liam O’Brien. Charley Hepburn took 3-3 to polish off their innings, which ensured that the target stayed within reach. In reply, we got off to a poor start; at 26-5 our position could have described as ‘dire’ – at best, as ‘not being in the driving seat!’ Redding Barnes and Alfie Gent added 57 to give our innings an air of respectability; more important was that they created momentum and played the spinners with ease. Finn Thomson and Will Sheffield maintained this momentum, but when Louis Grahame joined Will with 9 wickets down we still needed 36 to win. Displaying great temperament, they knock the runs off with intelligence and calmness; two old pros could not have done it better! My man-of-the-match, Will Sheffield scored 47 not out and played with such style that it made a mockery of the ‘no 11 tag’ he came with in September.

    Match 3: v GM Academy, Sharjah at The University of Light ground, Sharjah. 30 over match. ACA 118-8 (S Dobson 27, F Thomson 22, L O’Brien 13)  GM Academy 119-4 (W Sheffield 3-28) GM Academy won by 4 wickets.

    It was early breakfast for a prompt departure for the 9:00 start in Sharjah. We weaved our way through heavy traffic in time to get properly loose and warmed up for 9:00 but there was no sign of ground staff or opposition until nearly 10:00! Apart from a few who regretted an hour of unnecessarily lost sleep, we were all pretty relaxed about the delay. The wicket was rolled mud, the type we had been expecting in the UAE, but the covers had leaked leaving a series of saturated patches just short of a length. Nonetheless we elected to bat and the wicket played beautifully. Sam Dobson and Finn Thomson played extremely well against some tight opening bowlers and a very good spin bowler. At 58-1 in the 13th over we were looking good. The turning point was Sam Dobson’s run out, and the innings subsided in a fashion that has become too frequent for English teams on slow flat turners! Liam O’Brien hit the shot of the tour – a huge six over Long off – but he then ran himself out in the same over. Will Sheffield looked good again with a chirpy 10 not out. Defending 118, we needed to be in top form with the ball and in the field; a maiden from Will Sheffield looked promising but it was a false dawn as they climbed into our bowling with an indecent amount of relish. Their no 3, fresh from a 20 ball 45 against the full senior Scotland team, hit 4 sixes in his first 8 balls, all classically executed. The team will have learned a lot from playing against a strong side in same conditions in which the England, Australian, New Zealand and South African Test teams struggle. For a while we looked comfortable, definitely in control; the key is to keep the momentum going for you let the opposition back in the game at your peril….ask the England Test, ODI and T20 teams!

  • County Coaching Roles For Cricket Academy Stars

    Date: February 24th 2017

    As Sussex Cricket announced its new coaching team for women’s cricket in the county the Aldridge Cricket Academy was well represented.

    ACA Director of Cricket Alexia Walker has been named as one of the Assistant Coaches to new Head Coach Jimmy Anyon for the Senior and Under 19/21 squads. She will also be Head coach of the Under 17s.

    England U19 bowler and former ACA student Tara Norris was also named Assistant Coach of the Sussex Under 12s.

  • DACA Students Make National Tycoon in Schools Final

    Date: February 13th 2017

    A team of budding entrepreneurs from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy have made it to the finals of the nationwide enterprise competition, Tycoon in Schools, developed by BBCT TV “Dragon’s Den” star Peter Jones.

    The three year 8 students are one of just eight teams who will attend Buckingham Palace for the awards ceremony on Monday 6th March. They officially launched their business idea, Community Kids, to market in October, producing calendars to celebrate the beauty of Blackburn and Darwen and at the same time raise money for a memorial garden for their friend who sadly died last year.

    More information.

  • Former DACA Student, Declan Grimshaw, 17, receives British Education Award

    Date: February 6th 2017

    We are delighted to announce that a former Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student, Declan Grimshaw, 17, won a Special Achievement Award at the 2017 British Education Awards. The ceremony took place event at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on the 30th of January and was hosted by BBC news presenter Sophie Long.

    Awards for Special Achievement were presented to three candidates that the BEA awarding panel adjudged to have overcome exceptionally difficult circumstances to progress in their studies and achieve success. Declan, who is autistic and also registered blind, picked up the special achievement award for overcoming his difficulties and passing all of his GCSEs last summer.

    Declan Grimshaw and his family at the British Education Awards 2017

    David Cane, Interim Principal at DACA, said “We are incredibly proud of Declan. Despite numerous difficulties, Declan has achieved a great deal academically and has grown into a very independent and resilient young adult who is a credit to us and his family.”

    Declan’s mother, Jennifer Sumner, commented “It was amazing to celebrate and see our Declan receive an award for his efforts in education…Thank you so very much to the huge team of people that have worked with Declan through the years and have contributed to the amazing young man he has become. We are eternally thankful and proud parents and grandparents and he continues to make us proud every day. We are so lucky to have such amazing schools in Darwen and that’s because the teachers are so wonderful. Education is the key to success.”

    You can read the full summary of the evening here.

    (Top Photo L-R Angela Frain (Declan’s Learning Support Assistant) Declan Grimshaw and Rachel Lewis (Assistant Principal, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy)