Students celebrate GCSE exam success

Students celebrate GCSE exam success

(Photos thanks to Simon Dack/Vervate)

Amongst the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) students celebrating significant achievements in their GCSEs today are:

  • Kishwar Nawsheen who secured 11 A*-C including 7 grades at A* and 3 at A.
  • Khadija Begum who secured 10 grades at A*-C including 4 grades at A*-A. Khadija plans to study English Literature, Biology and Child Development at BACA’s sixth form next year.
  • Tamara Douglas who secured 9 grades at A*-C including 2 A*-A. Tamara is pursuing her passion for media as she joins the Brighton Digital Media Academy at BACA’s sixth form next year along with studying English Literature and Art.
  • Louis Graham who secured 9 grades at A*-C including 2 grades at A*-A, and will also be joining BACA’s sixth form to be part of the Brighton Digital Media Academy along with studying English Literature and History.
  • Lauren Barnard who achieved 11 grades at A*-C
  • Kaid Reigan who achieved 10 grades at A*-C

Overall the academy achieved 30% A*-C including English and maths. Since the big changes to the GCSE exams and performance measures last year BACA has seen an increase in the headline measure of 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English and maths (first entry) over 2014.

BACA’s English department saw remarkable success as 73% of students secured A*-C, with 87% of students making expected progress, and 43% making good progress.

This year a record number of BACA’s year 11 students are staying on to BACA’s sixth form, and on the basis of BACA’s 100% success rate at A-level last week, these students are expected to leave in two years’ time with the qualifications they need to secure their places at university, further education or employment.

Principal Dylan Davies comments about today’s results, “Since opening the academy has made good progress and this is reflected in the achievements of the students mentioned here. It is also a measure of our progress that the number of students joining the academy in year 7 next month is significantly increasing. The work we do with the Aldridge Foundation, the city wide secondary school partnership (SSP) and challenge partners continues to be a positive force in helping us raise standards at BACA.”

“The Brighton Digital Media Academy at BACA, the superb sports facilities and coaching, such as the Aldridge Cricket Academy, and participation in the United Kingdom Mathematical Trust’s maths challenges demonstrate the progress and great opportunities attracting students to BACA.”

Peter Kyle, Chair of Governors for BACA, added, “Whilst being proud of the progress students make from joining us out of primary school, we fully recognise that we still have some way to go to get to the position where our students, irrespective of the start that they have had, consistently achieve GCSE results comparable with students from schools at the top of the league tables in the city.”

“We believe that our students and community deserve the same chances as every other in the city, and are committed to continuing to improve wherever we can to ensure that translates into the league table performance parents look at and schools are judged by, as soon as possible.”

“That means continuing to improve learning at the Academy and extending our work even further into our community and primary schools, helping local children to get the most from their secondary education and beyond.”