Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

Meet the Team 


We are proud of our dedicated team of staff who are always willing to share their expertise and passion in their specialist subject. BACA staff are led by a strong, cohesive and determined Senior Leadership Team, who are driven to raise standards, making sure that teaching is focused on the individual needs, strengths and academic potential of each and every student at BACA. 

Senior Leadership Team

Mr R. Speight


Mr J. Collett

Vice Principal 

Ms E. Chaffer

Assistant Principal - Maths/Assesment and Data 

Ms K. Paine

Assistant Principal - Community 

Mr K. Tipple

Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

Mr N. Wells

Assistant Principal - Culture and Ethos

Mr R. Hodgson

Associate Assistant Principal & Head of Year 9

Ms N. Keene

Associate Assistant Principal                                          & Head of Year 7 

Ms T. McMullan

Associate Assistant Principal                                          & Joint Director of Learning for English

Ms F. Heerah

Associate Assistant Principal                                          & Joint Director of Learning for English
Mr P. Schofield

Associate Assistant Principal                                          & Director of Learning for Science























Heads of Year

Mr P. Williamson

Head of BACA College - Year 12 & 13

Ms S. Flynn  

Head of Year 11

Ms C. Lee-Falcon    

Head of Year 10 

Mr R. Hodgson

Head of Year 9

Mr J. Austin

Head of Year 8

Ms N. Keene

Head of Year 7



We would like to welcome you to our Local Governing Committee who are responsible for ensuring that BACA provides a high-quality educational experience.

Jim May - Chair of Governors

Jim lives in Brighton and after serving as Governor at BACA for six years was appointed Chairman of the Local Governing Committee in May 2017. He is very keen that young people are given the best opportunity to succeed in life.

With a background in banking, Jim has many community links in the City and in Sussex. He was Chairman of Shoreham Port, as well as serving on Boards in the NHS and a law firm, and is Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex.

Jim stood down as Chairman of Sussex Cricket after eight years in 2017 and is very pleased that BACA has a specialism in sport.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors




Dr. Simon Thompson

Simon lives and works in Brighton and wants to contribute to his local community. He has been a governor at BACA since 2011 and seeks to support the academy in its drive to be an excellent place to learn and teach.

Simon was previously a history teacher in Brighton and now works at the University of Sussex as the Director of Initial Teacher Education. He is particularly committed to securing the best possible experiences and outcomes for all pupils whilst ensuring that teaching and learning remains engaging, challenging, meaningful and fun.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Terms of office: 01.09.14 to 31.08.18

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Education & Standards




David Linsell

David started his career teaching History and Politics and later ICT at Chichester High School for Boys in 1981, during which time he wrote two History text books. In 1997 David became Deputy Head and then Acting Head in a School in Wigan.  In 2001 he  became Head of Ratton School in Eastbourne.  Whilst at Ratton he became a School Improvement Partner and a Local Leader of Education. During his time at Ratton they had four “Good” OfSTEDs, became the most popular school in East Sussex and gained national recognition for their values based approach to Education.  In 2008-2009 David was seconded to the DfE as a standards advisor in the one-to-one tuition programme.  He joined the TKAT Multi-Academy Trust  in January 2014 as a Director of Education with responsibility for schools in West Sussex and Hampshire.

Category: Sponsor

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Education & Standards

     David Linsell



Jo Fish

'Jo is a parent of two girls who attend BACA and would like to be supportive to their secondary education by supporting BACA in the best way she can. She is a Deputy Headteacher at a local primary school and therefore has the knowledge and expertise of the Education System and understanding of local educational initiatives throughout Brighton and Hove. Jo is very passionate about education and has a background in supporting the most vulnerable children and those with special educational needs and disability. She believes in the best education for all! 

Category: Parent

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Safeguarding & Welfare



Warren Carter

Warren manages Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project which has been offering an outdoor education to pupils, adults with learning disabilities and others for over 20 years. He is Chair of the Bevendean community pub, a governor at Moulsecoomb Primary, director of East Brighton Trust and on the business panel of Power to Change, a lottery funded programme that supports community business.

Category: Parent

Appointing body: Aldridge Education

Responsibilities: Link Governor - Community




Download BACA's Register of Governor Interests to learn the organisations BACA's Governors are connected to.

If you would like to contact anyone from the Local Governing Committee, please email Louise Baxter, Executive Assistant to the Principal