Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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Admissions Information September 2020


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 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. Due to COVID19 we have had to postpone our transition events originally scheduled for (Monday 29 June 2020 and Friday 3 July 2020). There will still be various opportunities over the coming months for you and your child to get to know the academy and we are working closely with our various partner primary schools to ensure that the Class of 2027 arrives in September feeling confident, relaxed and ready to thrive. Ideally you will have the chance to meet your child's tutor and Head of Year and other key staff on site at some point before the holidays and we will keep you informed of plans and developments.


Please complete the registration form at your earliest opportunity. This will have been sent to you in your confirmation from the Local Authority and can also be found here. If you have any questions or would like to book a tour or visit, please contact Reception on 01273 691191 or at

If you are considering apply for a place at the academy in future 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


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.