THE ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
- Joining the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust in 2017
- 11-18 co-educational school
- 1150 students
- Sixth form entry of 180 students
- Sports specialism
- Best ever GCSE results in 2016
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, with students moving into the cutting edge building with its new sports, entrepreneurship and IT facilities and dedicated sixth form area a year later. BACA has a specialism in sport which is promoted in the Academy throughout the curriculum and through its modern sports facilities. The Academy also has an entrepreneurship ‘hub’ containing office pods where students and local entrepreneurs from the community can incubate innovative ideas to develop new businesses and social enterprise projects.
At BACA we are in the unique position of having two universities in our immediate proximity. This enables the Academy to work closely them, share their expertise, access their resources and give students a flavour 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, sport or move into further concentrated areas of study.
Working in partnership with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and Sussex Cricket BACA launched the Aldridge Cricket Academy into 2012 and now offers specialist 6th Form courses for male and female students looking to build a career in cricket whilst gaining academic qualifications. Both academies are also working in partnership with LatestTV to deliver the Brighton Digital Media Academy, an unique collaboration between education and industry that offers students the chance to follow their passion and fully prepare for a career in digital media, a significant local employer.
BACA’s Sixth From offer has been developed further with the launch of Dance, Football and Construction courses in September 2016.
In July 2013 the appointment of Dylan Davies as Principal in succession to Mrs Phil Hogg was announced, with Mr Davies taking up the position in January 2014.
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 follows 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.
At the Brighton Argus’ Youth in Action Education Awards ceremony in June 2014 the Academy won the Most Improved School of the Year award. Twelve months later Academy teacher Claire Webster won the Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex 2015 Award, BACA was highly commended in the Community School of the Year award and Academy student Keeley Wade was Highly Commended for the Against the Odds award.
The Academy is celebrated its best ever GCSE results in 2016, improving by 20% on last year’s results for 5A*- C GCSEs including English and maths (50.7%). BACA maintained its excellent record of progress in English, seeing a 15% increase in progress rates in maths. Over 50% of students achieved good passes in both English and maths.
In 2016 the Academy’s Governing Body voted to pursue joining the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust. Subject to approval by the Regional Schools Commissioner this move should be completed on 1st February 2017. In January 2017 the Academy was rated GOOD on all measures by Ofsted.