• KAA Netball Team Finish Season Undefeated!

    Date: January 24th 2017

    Kensington Aldridge Academy’s Year 7 netball team’s season concluded on Thursday with an exciting double-header after an undefeated season in the league.The first fixture of the double-header was against Chelsea Academy and the game was very close with KAA winning 7-5.

    Their final opponents were the formidable Moore House. The team’s great defence provided the platform for KAA to snatch a late winner – 3-2!

    Huge congratulations to the whole team on a great end to a great season.

  • DACA Student to Sign Publishing Contract for her Debut Novel

    Date: January 20th 2017

    A huge congratulations to  Nicola Topping, a talented young writer and DACA student who is about to sign a publishing contract for her debut novel. We look forward to reading it in the near future!

  • BACA Achieves First Ofsted GOOD!

    Date: January 12th 2017

    Ofsted Inspectors visited the Academy at the end of November and confirmed in their report, published today, that they had found BACA to be a Good school in all aspects of what it does, including for teaching, student behaviour and welfare, and the results students achieve. This represents a significant achievement for the academy, which had previously been rated as requiring improvement.

    This now means that every Aldridge academy that has been inspected since converting to academy status has been rated Good by Ofsted.

    More information.

  • PACA Celebrates Ofsted Good Rating

    Date: December 5th 2016

    Ofsted Inspectors visited the Academy in November and confirmed in their report published today that they had found PACA to be a Good school in all aspects of what it does. This represents a significant achievement for the academy, which had previously been rated as requiring improvement.

    More information.

  • Kensington Celebrates Academy’s Most Successful Charity Week

    Date: November 28th 2016

    In the third week of November Kensington Aldridge Academy was jam packed with Charity Week activities as students across the four houses raised money for Crisis at Christmas, Cancer Research UK, Multiple Sclerosis Trust and West London Action for Children. Each house was allocated one day to raise money at school during break times and enrichment. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 12s to work with students in Year 7, 8 and 9 – with the whole school community working together great causes. You can read the full story on the KAA website.

  • DACA Wins British Council International School Award

    Date: November 17th 2016

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy has been recognised with a British Council International School Award 2016-19 recognising its “outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum” at the academy. Aldridge Education Chief Executive Chris Tweedale collected the award on behalf of the academy from Sir Ciaran Devane at a ceremony in London on Monday 14th November.

     

  • Vale Girls Score 22!

    Date: November 9th 2016

    History was made on Monday 24th October 2016.  Darwen Vale’s year 10 girls football team were playing in the first round of the Lancashire Schools Under 15 Cup.

    Last year they made it all the way to the final so expectations were high, but no one could foresee how this encounter would end. Opposing them were girls from Baines High School, Poulton-le-Fylde – an unknown adversary. Baines arrived ready for battle. The referee blew his whistle. and the rest, as they say, is history!

    The school’s website described the girls as “Vale’s answer to Barcelona”!

     

  • PACA Netball Team Reach Final

    Date: October 24th 2016

    On Tuesday 18th October, the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy year 11 girls’ netball team represented the academy in the Brighton and Hove netball tournament. In total, 12 teams entered, and they were initially placed into 2 pools. Following 5 games, which included wins against Steyning Grammar, Dorothy Stringer and Patcham, PACA finished 1st in their pool! This meant they made it through to the final! They came up against tough opposition in Brighton and Hove High School, and unfortunately lost, finishing in 2nd place overall. All PACA students were a credit to the school during the tournament. They played with passion and incredible team work, and should be incredibly proud of their 2nd place finish; their best result ever as a team.

    The team was: Kathryn Bonner (captain), Zena Fawzy-Abdou, Martha Whitehouse-Eagle, Grace Holding, Isobel Emery, Madison Farley, Lucy Spalding and Natasha Blissett. Congratulations to Grace and Zena who were voted players’ of the tournament.

  • Darwen Vale fundraises £1416

    Date: October 11th 2016

    Darwen Vale pupils present a cheque for £1416  to local lad Theo Power, helping fund his ongoing treatment for neuroblastoma.

    Principal David Hallam said:

    ‘We are immensely proud of our pupils who raised this money through a variety of sponsored events. We wish Theo good luck in his treatment and we are in awe of his bravery’.

  • PACA Students Appear In Internationally Acclaimed Photography Festival

    Date: October 10th 2016

    The Brighton Photography Fringe ( http://photofringe.org/2016/ ) and Brighton Photo Biennale (http://2016.bpb.org.uk/ ) provide an international photography festival across the whole of Brighton and Hove featuring a wide range of photographic practices from internationally renowned photographers from all around the world. It is a real celebration of the medium of Photography.

    One of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s Year 13 Photography students, Lola-Mia Gurr, entered the Open 16 Young Photographers competition and had her work selected. She now has a printed and framed photograph on display in the Phoenix gallery in the centre of Brighton. A fantastic achievement for Lola personally, for the Academy’s Art department and the whole school.

    Lola said: ‘I am really proud to have my work displayed at such an important event, it’s such a great opportunity. The art department at PACA really gave me the confidence to enter my work into this competition, and I’m really glad they did’.

  • Tara Qualifies As Level 2 Coach

    Date: August 16th 2016

    Aldridge Cricket Academy student Tara Norris has become an ECB Level 2 coach. The English Cricket Board course is one of the qualifications ACA students can study for alongside their academic studies and cricket skills development. Tara has graduated from the Academy this summer and is an already established member of the Sussex Women’s team and has played for England Under 19’s.

    Tara, who joined the Aldridge Cricket Academy in 2014, and studied at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was named by Sussex County Cricket Club in their 2016 Academy intake.

     

  • National Award For Brighton Digital Media Initiative

    Date: July 15th 2016

    On Wednesday 13 July Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies’ joint Digital Media Academy, BDMA, won the Academy Partnership Award at the National Education Business Awards in London.  This acknowledges the innovative partnership the Academy has created with digital media companies and the bespoke curriculum provision and opportunities it offers students.

    Over 200 people attended the ceremony at the Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London and the award was sponsored by Ward-Hendry creative design and photography.

  • UTC@harbourside Design Scoops Sussex Heritage Award

    Date: July 12th 2016

    UTC@harbourside’s riverside campus has won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the quality and excellence of its design. The Public and Community Building award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Egremont, DL, President of Sussex Heritage Trust at the trust’s annual awards luncheon at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe on Thursday (7 July).

    Award judges praised UTC@harbourside in Newhaven, East Sussex, for  ‘providing an inspiring and impressively equipped environment for a school’. The judges noted this as “an outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance.” Sussex Heritage Awards seek to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

  • Two Awards For DACA At Lancashire School Awards

    Date: July 6th 2016

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy scooped two prizes at awards celebrating the cream of East Lancashire’s teachers, pupils, schools and support staff. At the annual Lancashire Telegraph’s Schools Awards DACA student Lewis Partington was named Secondary School Pupil of the Year, whilst the Unsung Hero award went to school counsellor Les Ince.

  • PACA Wins Brighton Community School of the Year Award

    Date: June 14th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) has won the Youth in Action Community School of the Year at the annual awards hosted by The Argus at the Amex Stadium. PACA received a record breaking 78 nominations for the award and teacher Dean Flynn told the audience he could not wait to show it off in school.

    PACA was also nominated in the following categories

    STEM teacher of the year – Dr Caroline Operandi

    Staff member – Liz I’Anson

    Student of the year – Jamie Henville

  • Billy Walpole from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy becomes Grade 5 Men’s Pair Gymnastics British Champion

    Date: May 27th 2016

    We are delighted to announce the prestigious achievement of Billy Walpole, a Year 9 pupil at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. On Sunday 15th May 2016, along with his team mate Richard Crewe, a pupil at St. Bede's Blackburn, they become Grade 5 Men's Pair British Champions in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
    
    Well done to both Billy and Richard for their fantastic achievement.
    

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  • Darwen Vale Students Named Campaigners of the Year

    Date: May 26th 2016

    The SHINE Group at Darwen Vale High School was set up in response to group of girls who wanted a discuss issues surrounding self-esteem, body image and self-perception. They felt young people had mixed messages surrounding healthy and unhealthy relationships.

    Students at the SHINE awardsThe group continued to work on these issues from Year 7- Year 11 and are very proud of the legacy that they have left. They were pleased to be invited to share a few comments with the National Women’s Aid Conference and in March this year they were nominated for an award for Young Campaigners of the Year, which they won.  The award was presented by Jaffer Ali Hussain who is the Chief Executive Officer of Strengthening Links between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists (SLYNCS).

    Well done to India Adcroft, Devon Ormerod-Banks, Abbie Smith and Baish Nicoll. You can read their full story here.

  • KAA Year 7’s Reach Championship Final

    Date: May 17th 2016

    After a successful season in the QPR schools league, the Kensington Aldridge Academy year 7 football team earned a place in the Championship final, held at Loftus Road on Sunday 15th May. It was an amazing experience for the players, having the opportunity to use the stadium facilities and play at their local professional club. The team anticipated a tough game against Fulham Boys, but were hopeful given their victory over the same team during their previous fixture.

    The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with family, friends and teachers from both schools roaring their support from the warm-up through to the final whistle. It made for an entertaining game and something the players will never forget. KAA made a tense start and had to be resilient in defence to hold off the FB attack. At half-time the game was tied at 0-0 and everything was still to play for. Unfortunately, FB were able to step up their play in the latter stages of the second half and with tired legs, the KAA team began to give away opportunities on goal. Carlos was on top form, pulling off a string of fantastic saves. However, it wasn’t to be and with just 6 minutes left, FB managed to score 3 goals to secure the cup.

    Bad luck to the team but congratulations on a great season!

  • PACA’s STEM Centre Shortlisted for TES Schools Award

    Date: May 17th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s STEM centre has been shortlisted for a TES Schools Award. The award recognises excellence and innovative teaching within science, technology and engineering. The judges have seen clear examples of innovative evidence from PACA and we hope that this will help the Academy pick up the award!

    The TES Schools Awards are now in their eight year and they celebrate the extraordinary commitment and quality shown by both teachers and support staff across the UK.The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 24 June 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

    http://www.tesawards.co.uk/tessa2016/shortlist

  • Former DACA student receives prestigious British Army award

    Date: May 12th 2016

    A former Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student has received a prestigious British Army award after finishing top in his recruit training. Private Daniel Hayden, 18, has won the Parachute Regiment Best Recruit Award after successfully completing the combat infantryman’s course in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

    The award is judged by the platoon’s training team and goes to the trainee who has put in the best overall performance, displaying an aptitude for being an infantryman and being fit, tough and resilient during the 28-week course.

    The former DACA student said he has always had an ambition to become a paratrooper and is delighted to have received the accolade.“I have wanted to be a paratrooper since I was about 14. The Parachute Regiment is an elite unit and I think their standards are the highest in the British Army. Receiving this award is quite an honour for me.”

    Only one recruit per platoon receives the award, so there are only five or six awards given out each year.

    His platoon commander, Captain Tom Hand, said: “Private Hayden has won the Best Recruit award. “He is a mentally and physically robust character who has excelled on what is a gruelling six-month course.

    “He has the confidence and nous of a much more experienced soldier.”