Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) Chair of Governors Jim May has announced that student numbers for the 2017/18 academic year are the highest number since the Academy opened, with 886 students on the roll.
Jim May said :’When Dylan Davies was appointed Principal in January 2014 our roll was 557 students. Building on our Good Ofsted rating last year this degree of growth in student numbers in this period is testimony to the leadership at BACA and the hard work of our staff. Importantly this is a great vote of confidence by students and the parents in Brighton in the progress and direction of travel at BACA’.
‘In addition to more students joining us at secondary level our sixth-form is continuing to grow. Unique partnerships with local organisations from new media to construction to sport are giving our students a real advantage as they move on to higher education or employment.’
The academy’s growing reputation in the city was underlined earlier this month when BACA’s Open Evening drew a record number of over 640 people interested in seeing the opportunities offered to secondary students at its Falmer campus. Comments on Facebook following the event included:
‘Fantastic building, amazing facilities (on a par with private schools) AND they are all really excited about what they are trying to achieve there. Really genuinely inspiring.’ Justine Stephens, prospective parent.
‘We just attended BACA open evening. Impressed with facilities, students and teachers alike. This school deserves consideration. It seemed warm, supportive, safe and a provider of a well-rounded education with some amazing opportunities.’ Emma Davies, prospective parent.
Dylan Davies, Principal, added ‘Our mission is to ensure BACA students are the first choice recruits for universities and employers. At BACA we believe in each other, ourselves and what we can achieve – we live by our motto ‘believe you can’ . Through our creative and innovative approach to education students develop entrepreneurial skills and set ambitious goals that enable them to confidently follow their passions into a successful future. It is very pleasing that more and more young people are choosing BACA as their preferred school.’