Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

BACA Achieves ​Record ​Student Numbers

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.

BACA studentsJim ​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.’

Parents ​wishing ​to ​find ​out ​more ​about ​the ​academy ​can ​contact Jennifer Nicholas ​on ​01273 691191 ​to ​arrange ​a ​visit. ​There ​is ​an ​open ​evening ​for ​the ​academy’s ​sixth-form, ​BACA ​College, ​on 30th ​November.