Ofsted Good For Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Date: January 12th 2017

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) staff and students are celebrating the announcement of a Good rating by Ofsted.

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.

The Academy saw much improved academic results in August last year when the percentage of students achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C grade rose 22%. In its report Ofsted recognised many positive features of the Academy stating: “The care, guidance and support for pupils’ well-being and safety are outstanding. All members of the school community are encouraged to have high aspirations.”

Teaching & Learning is rated as Good with Ofsted describing the standard of teaching across the Academy as “skilful and planned well.” The Inspectors found that “Teaching has improved because staff experience high-quality training for their professional development.”

The report says; “The behaviour of pupils is good. They concentrate very well in lessons and settle down to work willingly.” It goes on to say that BACA students “work hard and learn well.”

Inspectors also praised BACA’s “superb facilities”, stating that “all pupils benefit and enjoy the wide range of sports included in the extra-curricular provision.” The Sixth Form is described as “very well led and managed” with the report concluding that “Students enjoy sixth-form life and are well prepared for their futures.” The Academy’s Digital Media, Cricket and Construction courses are also singled out for praise.

Principal, Dylan Davies said: “I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to our students, staff (present and past), parents and carers, our governors and sponsor, and the people who have believed in the academy and its direction for their support and help in achieving this grade together.”

‘We are very proud of this Ofsted grade. Getting to Good recognises the partnerships and teamwork that have helped so many young people to achieve over the years and our focus to make BACA the best possible school for local children.”

“I am looking forward to the future and the exciting, new opportunities this recognition will bring for BACA and the local community. As a Principal it is humbling to read that our work together to support our students’ personal development and welfare has been graded as outstanding.”

Chair of Governors Peter Kyle said: “It’s hard to describe my unmitigated pride in what students, teachers and the leadership at BACA have achieved. It’s almost too big to imagine! Achieving an Ofsted Good with so many extraordinary commendations about student attitudes, quality teaching and the ‘can-do’ atmosphere that reaches every corner of the school.”

“Aldridge Education, as sponsor, were also rightly praised for creating this beacon of community achievement. What makes me most happy, though, is the huge pride that students take in this achievement and the fact that they know that this is just the beginning of BACA’s journey. Each term brings yet more excellence and opportunity for students.”

Chris Tweedale, Chief Executive of Aldridge Education, said: “This is great recognition of the progress the Academy has made. With good teaching and outstanding student care in superb facilities BACA is in a great position to be recognised as Outstanding in future.”

Full details of the Ofsted Report are available on the school’s website.

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