THE ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
- A member of the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust
- 11-18 co-educational school
- 1150 students
- Sports specialism
- £1.8m Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) replaced Falmer High School situated to the east of the city, becoming the second Aldridge sponsored academy.
The Academy opened in September 2010, and a year later moved into its brand new building, equipped with new sports, entrepreneurship and IT facilities, and a dedicated sixth form area. BACA has a specialism in sport which is promoted throughout the curriculum and through the Academy’s modern sports facilities. Working in partnership with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and Sussex Cricket, BACA launched the Aldridge Cricket Academy in 2012 and now offers specialist sixth form courses for male and female students looking to build a career in cricket whilst gaining academic qualifications. In 2016 the £1.8m Sir Rod Aldridge Indoor Cricket Centre was opened at BACA by former England captain Charlotte Edwards CBE.
BACA is in the unique position of having two higher-education establishments, Sussex and Brighton Universities, in its immediate proximity. This enables the Academy to work closely with them, share their expertise, access their resources and give students a taste of Higher Education. BACA provides a range of experiences and opportunities to support students’ development as young adults – ready to take their place in the world of work, pursue a sporting career or move into further areas of study.
In May 2014 BACA received the Educational Outcomes Award, awarded by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) in recognition of their outstanding student progress at GCSE, the second year in a row that the Academy received the award. The award followed the Academy being listed in the top 20% of schools nationally for value added, demonstrating the significant progress students make from Key Stage 2 to GCSE.
In 2016 the Academy’s Governing Body voted to join the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust and in January 2017 the Academy was rated GOOD on all measures by Ofsted.
As well as working with the universities BACA students also benefit from strong partnerships employers. BACA also collaborates with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and LatestTV to deliver the Brighton Digital Media Academy, a unique collaboration between education and industry that offers students the chance to follow their interests and fully prepare for a career in digital media, a significant local industry and potential employer for BACA alumni.
In September 2016, BACA’s sixth form offer was developed further with the launch of football and construction courses. The Aldridge KSD Construction Academy was subsequently recognised in 2017 when it won the Academy Partnership Award at the Education Business Awards. The academy has also previously won the Most Improved School of the Year award at the Brighton Argus’ Youth in Action Education Awards ceremony and been highly commended in the Community School of the Year award. Three BACA students won the National Citizens Service (NCS) Award for their Community Hub and Café project at the 2017 Future Foundations Awards.
In September 2017 the unique opportunities BACA offers its students were further extended with the launch of partnerships and the on-site delivery of courses at the academy by the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe, and the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training.
Mr Bob Speight, joined the academy in June 2018 as its third Principal. Exam results in 2018 saw a 100% pass rate in Post 16 courses, with 70% of BTECs being at top Distinction* and Distinction grades. There was a 63% pass rate at GCSE level across all subjects, with nearly half being grade 5 or above “strong” passes.