It is my great pleasure to welcome you to BACA. Our mission is to ensure all BACA students benefit from an excellent education, secure great qualifications and develop into young adults who are the first choice recruits for universities and employers.
We inspire each of our students to take control of their education as they develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future. Through encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset we enable students to thrive in today's rapidly-changing technological world. We teach students to be innovative and resilient through promoting the Aldridge Attributes of teamwork, creativity, passion, problem solving, risk taking and determination in all aspects of academy life.
Our commitment to helping students achieve academically is demonstrated through our exam results. In 2017 Year 11 students celebrated exam success at GCSE with 58% securing grades of 9-4 in English and Maths. Mathematics grades were at a record high, with 63% of students receiving grades of 9-4, while the number of students achieving English grades 9-4 was well above the national average at 68%. On average, BACA College Sixth Form students achieve a grade higher than their peers in other schools and colleges. With a 100% pass rate in 2016 and 2017, and 81% of students studying vocational qualifications achieving a Distinction or Distinction *. Our Sixth Form students leave BACA ready to follow their dreams.
Students also benefit from a rich offer in terms of the creative arts and a series of partnerships with organisations including BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute), the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe, and BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training), a nationally renowned performing arts training provider. We work closely with KSD, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the UK, as well as over forty digital media companies from across Sussex who are partners in our Brighton Digital Media Academy. Our sports facilities are exceptional and our football and cricket academies allow students to combine high-quality training with academic studies. Our community of industry partners, employer links and innovative programmes with neighbouring universities offer students a comprehensive careers advice program.
BACA is a very special place, it is a great privilege to lead it and I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy.
Robert Speight, Principal
‘All members of the school community are encouraged to have high aspirations.’
BACA provides a great education and skills for life
Academic results continue to rise year on year. BACA College (post-16 students) on average achieve one grade higher than other students. With a 100% pass rate in 2016 and 2017, and 81% of students studying vocational qualifications achieving Distinction*- Distinction, our sixth form students leave ready to follow their dreams. In 2017 GCSE students celebrated exam success with 58% of students securing grades of 9-4 in English and Maths. Mathematics grades were at a record high (when compared to previous A*-C) with 63% of students receiving grades of 9-4, and the number of students securing English grades 9-4 was well above the national average at 68%.
Hannah Lee achieved an A in A-Level English Literature in 2017 and is now studying the subject at Portsmouth University. She said, ‘The atmosphere (at BACA College) was welcoming and there was a real feel of community. I studied Literature which I plan to continue studying at Uni.’
Tristan Kibble set up his own business at 16 through learning entrepreneurial skills at BACA. Tristan left BACA in 2017 for the University of the West of England, Bristol with experience in pitching, fundraising, hiring and firing. ‘I love videogames so my business idea was always going to include them,’ he says, ‘kids might be playing consoles but they’re learning communication, problem solving and storytelling skills.’
BACA offers unique opportunities for students
BACA’s £30 million state-of-the-art learning facilities, high quality teaching, wide range of extra-curricular activities, educational trips and unique partnerships benefit our students in their education and life skills development.
Our unique, student driven, self-awareness programme inspires students and creates learning experiences that challenge, encourage and help them succeed. Assemblies and PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum that focus on developing determination, problem solving, risk taking, passion, teamwork and creativity support BACA students’ journey to higher education and employment. Students progress in these skills through mentoring sessions, collaboration with their peers and the use of an innovative student self-awareness app. Alongside academic reports, we provide evaluation on progress in these key skills, assessed by both our teachers and the students themselves. Placing students in the driving seat for their education, with facilitation and support from teachers sets us apart from other schools. By taking ownership for their own academic and personal development BACA students become experts at setting goals, believing in those goals and achieving them.
‘The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding.’ Ofsted 2017
At BACA we innovate so that our students have the right opportunities to follow their passions and achieve their dreams.
BACA students benefit from strong partnerships with employers and neighboring universities
BACA’s aspiring musicians can study with the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe through our partnership with BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute). Budding actors and dancers can experience high-end performing arts training with our partner BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training). If becoming the next England Cricket Captain is a student’s calling, they can train at our £2million Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre. Students dreaming of playing premier league football can hone their skills with guidance from our ex-Chelsea coach and local footballers from Whitehawk and Burgess Hill Town Football Clubs. Film and media creators can launch their career into Brighton’s booming digital industry as they network with over 40 local companies and work on live projects in our digital media academy. Students envisioning building homes and commercial properties can learn their trade at our new construction academy which is sponsored by one of the UK’s fastest growing construction companies, KSD. With KSD as a sponsor students benefit from the opportunity to study whilst working as an apprentice.
Our community of industry partners, inspirational employer links and innovative programmes with neighboring universities and career mentors provide students with comprehensive careers advice that Ofsted recognises as a strength.
‘Careers education starts in year 7 and its success can be seen in the Year 11 destination figures.’ Ofsted 2017
By taking ownership for their own academic and personal development BACA students dream it, believe it and achieve it!