Admissions Information


Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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

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 buildings and sports 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.

Throughout this website you will see how our students develop well-rounded academic, entrepreneurial and social skills, the superb facilities and unique opportunities they enjoy.

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 

You can learn more about life at BACA throughout our website or by downloading our prospectus and we would love to welcome you to our Open Evening on Tuesday 1st October, where you can get a real feel for what makes BACA a very special place to learn.  We also have an Open Morning for parents and carers who are unable to attend the Open Evening, on Thursday 3rd October. 

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

Mr Robert Speight


Download our prospectus

Upcoming Events

Please revisit regularly for details of our next events.

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



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

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.  


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.