Archive for: June 2015

  • Brighton Argus Youth In Action Awards For Brighton & Portslade Academies

    Date: June 19th 2015

    BACA teacher Claire WebsterBrighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies both won awards at the Brighton Argus’ Youth In Action Awards 2015.

    The work of the Portslade Academy’s Social Action Committee was recognised with the award of Charity Achievement ‎of the year. In the words of the paper, the fundraising group “received a record-breaking 36 nominations for the work it does throughout the community”.

    The Committee has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, many of who nominated the school for the award.

    Brighton Aldridge Community Academy teacher Claire Webster  won the Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex Award. Claire, who is director of entrepreneurial development at the Academy was described as “an outstanding teacher who is not afraid to think outside the box to enhance students’ education.” A second BACA teacher, Vice Principal Dawn Gladwin, was also a finalist in this category.

    Amongst other awards the Aldridge Cricket Academy was ‘highly commended’ in excursion of the year (for its ground-breaking tour to South Africa) and BACA was likewise highly commended in the Community School of the Year award. BACA student Keeley Wade was Highly Commended for the Against the Odds award; Dean Flynn (PACA) was highly commended for Teacher of the Year; and Lucy Clohsey (PACA) was a finalist for Staff Member of the Year award.

    Keeley’s story is particularly inspiring. Having struggled in year 7 at her previous school due to an intense fear of going to school, which led her to be home-schooled in year 8, she started at BACA in January 2014. She is now an active student leader at the academy. The person who nominated her said: “She is an inspiring role model to other students and helps support by encouraging them with their learning.”

  • Aldridge Cricket Academy beats Charterhouse School

    Date: June 11th 2015

    Less than two years after the first students joined the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) in Brighton the squad is celebrating a victory over leading public school Charterhouse at the Surrey school’s ground.

    ACA squadStudents from the ACA combine their A level studies at Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies with an intensive cricket development programme, with the support of the Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club. Now in its second year it’s a unique programme for both boys and girls in the state sector locally.

    After a ground -breaking tour to South Africa in February the academy has gone from strength to strength. ACA players have individually achieved regional and national selection, but the win over an independent school with the reputation and focus on cricket as Charterhouse marked a real achievement for the squad.

    Sir Rod Aldridge said: “Its a great result. I’m very proud of the team. With all of the talk of the number of current England players who went to public schools, this goes to show that the students in the state sector can challenge the best if they are given access to great coaching and development. That’s what the Aldridge Cricket Academy is all about.”

    The ACA set Charterhouse a target of 195 in 40 overs and won by 63 runs.

  • Portslade Student’s Art Selected For National Tour

    Date: June 11th 2015

    For the past two years students at the Brighton & Portslade Aldridge Community Academies have been taking part in an exciting arts education programme sponsored by Arts Council England, who awarded over £98,000 to the project following a bid by the Aldridge Foundation in partnership with two of the city’s leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse.

    The Royal BBQ #3The project has seen some fantastic art produced by the students but one piece, “The Queens BBQ” artwork was chosen to be displayed with pride of place in Jubilee Square, Brighton during the internationally renowned Photography festival.

    The picture has now been selected to be part of the Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour. This fantastic tour starts with an exhibition at the Turner Gallery in Margate, to be opened by Greyson Perry.