Brighton Aldridge Community Academy


BACA is a 'Good' School 


School Funding

You may have seen a number of stories in the press around school funding. There have been worrying headlines and we felt it important that we let you know, as far as we are able at this stage, how this will affect our schools. 

School budgets across the country have been under pressure for some time. The senior leadership teams at our schools have been grappling with the funding challenges. This will ultimately lead to a number of tough decisions being made in the coming months for the next academic year.

Our school is not alone. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has shown that more than half of school leaders felt that their budget would be untenable by 2018/19. The National Audit Office estimate a £3 billion real terms cut across all phases and in all schools. This doesn’t just affect us.

The recent headlines have been caused by a proposed new funding formula for schools, designed to create a fairer allocation. However with increasing costs placed onto all schools the new formula will not bring the benefits that we had hoped to see.  The School Cuts website, analysing DfE data, projects that our schools will lose £1,852, 334 (-55 teachers) in total.

We will work hard to ensure that cuts have the least impact on teaching possible. However, rising costs mean that tough decisions will have to be taken. We cannot guarantee that such cuts will not impact on teaching, despite doing our upmost to prevent this.

Please be assured that we will take the utmost care with budgets, to ensure all the money we have is spent effectively on your children. We are also letting the local authority and government know just how serious the funding crisis has become.

We promise to let you know in plenty of time if our budget means we’ll have to take a significant decision on staffing or activities.

We will continue to work together, as a Partnership, to ensure the very best education for our children.

Yours sincerely,

The Unity Partnership

Vicky Phillips (CRS), Adam Sutton (MPS), Stuart McConnachie (CPS), Martyn Giddens (BPS), Dylan Davies (BACA), Mark Helstrip (Homewood School)

Ray Williams (CRS), Marisol Smith (MPS), Patrick Lowe (CPS), Mark Back (BPS), Peter Kyle (BACA), Kate Smith (Homewood School)



Year 11 Leavers Hoodies

This year hoodies will be ordered and paid for online where students can choose their own style, colour, size and nickname.  If they would like to order a hoodie, students should go to the link below, which is our personalised Leavers’ Hoodies Online Shop, to choose their design, order and pay:



BACA Celebrates GCSE Results Success

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy is celebrating its best ever GCSE results this year. The academy has improved by an amazing 20% on last year’s results for 5A*- C GCSEs including English and maths (50.7%).

BACA maintains its excellent record of progress in English and this year has seen a 15% increase in progress rates in maths. Over 50% of students achieved good passes in both English and maths.

Individual success stories include Pandora Douglas who achieved12 A*-C with 9A*-A, Rebecca Farley 12 A*-C with 6A*-A and Catherine Vaughan achieving 12A*-C with 5 A*-A. Amongst other notable performances were Sam Ahmed, Karl Rolph, Callum Thewliss, Zach Wilson and Gabriela Wojciechowska, Jade Anscombe-Elliot and Jenny Misfud, all gaining 10A*-C. We are also very proud of Keeley Wade, Blake Hall, Rosie Lee and Connor Harris for their personal success achieving 10, 7, 6 and 5 A*-C GCSEs respectively.

Principal Dylan Davies says, “the great leap in our results reflects the determination and commitment of the students, staff and the local community and the combined, passionate belief in our students and their ability to succeed. We are really excited to see so many of the students return to BACA College to be part of furthering the success of our 16-19 provision, which we also celebrated last week."

Mr Davies adds, "The Progress 8 measure also highlights further improvements for students across their subjects and augurs well for the Academy."

Chair of Governors, Peter Kyle said "improvements like this don't happen by accident. It takes students, teachers and the leadership team to work with extraordinary dedication, trust, and creativity. I've seen first-hand in the last year how staff have worked tirelessly to inspire students to achieve challenging goals, and students respond with energy and commitment. The Aldridge Foundation has underpinned all of this with remarkable and highly valued support that has really delivered for students.

These results are a springboard into the future and the whole school is focussed on creating more academic, social, and sporting opportunities for students."

To conclude, BACA is very proud to be part of the progressive Brighton and Hove secondary schools’ partnership and has worked closely over the last few years with all the local secondary schools.

“We believe this partnership has had a positive impact on our results and we look forward to continuing to work together to improve outcomes for the children in our city" adds Mr Davies.