Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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Admissions Information September 2021



It is my pleasure to welcome you to our school. 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. 

The academy’s motto is simple - “Believe you can”. Whether in the classroom, on the sports field or performing on stage, we inspire each of our students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future.

Ofsted rates BACA GOOD, with support for students' wellbeing and safety rated outstanding, and we have strong and improving GCSE results. Our state-of-the-art facilities overlook the Downs on a beautiful site near to Sussex and Brighton universities and the AMEX Stadium, which is well-served by public transport. Direct trains from Brighton and Lewes stop at nearby Falmer station, and bus services across the city link to the academy.

When I was younger I did not really understand what it feels like to be proud of myself. I did not have the freedom in my learning that I have today. - Hear Year 7 student Maddy Luckhurst interviewed by the BBC on starting secondary school life at BACA and being yourself 

The transition to secondary school is an exciting process and we work with parents and primary schools to ensure that it is smooth and positive. You can read more about this on our Primary to Secondary School page. Students joining us in Year 7 are embarking on an exciting seven year journey. We are proud to be an 11-18 school that allows students to build on their successes at Key Stage 3 and GCSE to our sixth form.

You will find details about our open evening events below. If you are considering apply for a place at the academy, you can learn more about life at BACA throughout our website or by downloading our prospectus

If you would like to find out more please call us on 01273 691191 to arrange a personal tour and visit.

Mr Robert Speight


Download our prospectus

The staff are helpful, any problem you have you can talk to them and the facilities from the sports to the academic ones are great. Hummd Ghouri former BACA student who achieved 14 GCSEs, including 8 A*-A grades, at the academy. and is now at university.

My daughter is in Year 7 and she loves going to school! She has nothing but good things to say about the teachers and the school itself. BACA parent

Superb facilities ... All pupils benefit and enjoy the wide range of sports included in the extra-curricula provision ... The care, guidance and support of pupils' well-being and safety are outstanding. Ofsted

ADMISSIONS information

BACA operates under the Brighton & Hove admissions criteria for secondary schools.

Key dates in the admissions process and information on how to appeal can be found in the guide to Secondary School Admissions

For more information, please contact the Schools Admissions Team, at Brighton & Hove Council, on 01273 293653 or via email:

Alternatively you can visit the Brighton & Hove Council Website.

The academy is offering places for up to 180 Year 7 students in September.  

BACA Registration Forms: 

Digital versions (editable PDF):

Printable versions (Microsoft Word):

View our Home - Student - Academy Partnership Agreement here. 

In-YEAR transfers

From time to time, places at BACA become available in different year groups. If you're interested in obtaining a place for your child, please contact the School Admissions Team on 01273 293653 or via email:

Please note that places are subject to availability within the year group that your child would transfer in to.

In order to ensure the transfer progresses smoothly, detailed information will be collected from the student’s current school regarding their academic grades, additional needs, attendance and behaviour.

Arrange a tour

To arrange a personal tour of the Academy, please contact us on 01273 691191 or email us at


BACA College

BACA College offers places for up to 450 students.  To apply to BACA College, please submit a completed application form either by post or email.

By post send to:

BACA College Admissions
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
Lewes Road

By email return to:

Over-subscription criteria

Where the number of application for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the following criteria. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Academy is names on the statement the criteria will be applied in the order they are set out below (for a detailed description please refer to the school's Admissions Policy):

  1. Children in public care.
  2. Compelling medical or other exceptional reasons to attend the school.
  3. Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area and who have an older brother or sister on the roll of the Academy at the time of their admission.
  4. Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area.
  5. Other children. If none of the above priorities applies to your child, he/she will be placed in this category.

In line with DFE guidance, we are currently consulting on changes to our admissions policy.  The consultation will run until January 29 2021.  Please find information on our Admissions Consultation page - click here