Principal's Welcome

Principal's welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA). 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.

We inspire each of our students to take control of their education as they develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future. Through encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset we enable students to thrive in today's rapidly-changing technological world.  We teach students to be innovative and resilient through promoting the Aldridge Attributes of teamwork, creativity, passion, problem solving, risk taking and determination in all aspects of Academy life.  

Our commitment to helping students achieve academically is demonstrated through our exam results.  In 2018 Year 11 students celebrated exam success at GCSE with 90% of entries achieving grades 9-4 in French and Spanish, 86% in triple science and 80% in childcare. Performance in vocational courses was very strong, with 74% achieving merits or better and over a third (34%) at top Distinction or Distinction * grades. 66% of students secured a 9-4 grade in English, 57% in mathematics, 48% achieved 9-4 in both English and mathematics, 41% of students secured a 9-5 grade in English (above the national average figures for last year) and 22% in mathematics.

I am very proud of the success of the BACA Year 13 cohort who have all successfully passed their Level 3 courses, achieving some exceptional results.  For the fifth year in succession we have a 100% pass rate with 70% of passes in BTECs being at top Distinction* or Distinction grades.  Courses with particular successes included Sport and Sport Science, for which 75% of entries were graded Distinction*, and creative media, for which 67% of students secured at least a double Distinction.  No student was awarded less than a Merit for these courses.

Students also benefit from a rich offer in terms of the creative arts and a series of partnerships with organisations including BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute), the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe, and BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training), a nationally renowned performing arts training provider. We work closely with the KSD Group, one of the fastest growing construction companies in the UK, as well as over sixty digital media companies from across Sussex who are partners in our Brighton Digital Media Academy.  BACA's sports facilities are exceptional and our football, cricket and table tennis academies allow students to combine high-quality training with academic studies.  Our community of industry partners, employer links and innovative programmes with neighbouring universities offer students a comprehensive careers advice program.

BACA is a very special place, it is a privilege to lead it and I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy.

Mr Robert Speight, Principal

"All members of the school community are encouraged to have high aspirations." 

- Ofsted 2016     



BACA offers unique opportunities for students


BACA’s £30 million state-of-the-art learning facilities, high quality teaching, wide range of extra-curricular activities, educational trips and unique partnerships benefit our students in their education and life skills development.


Our unique, student driven, self-awareness programme inspires students and creates learning experiences that challenge, encourage and help them succeed. Assemblies and PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum that focus on developing determination, problem solving, risk taking, passion, teamwork and creativity support BACA students’ journey to higher education and employment.  Students progress in these skills through mentoring sessions, collaboration with their peers and the use of an innovative student self-awareness app.  Alongside academic reports, we provide evaluation on progress in these key skills, assessed by both our teachers and the students themselves.  Placing students in the driving seat for their education, with facilitation and support from teachers sets us apart from other schools.  By taking ownership for their own academic and personal development BACA students become experts at setting goals, believing in those goals and achieving them.

‘The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare is outstanding.’ - Ofsted 2016

At BACA we innovate so that our students have the right opportunities to follow their passions and achieve their dreams.



BACA students benefit from strong partnerships with employers and neighboring universities


BACA’s aspiring musicians can study with the leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe through our partnership with BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute).  Budding actors and dancers can experience high-end performing arts training with our partner BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training).  If becoming the next England Cricket Captain is a student’s calling, they can train at our £2 million Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre.  Students dreaming of playing premier league football can hone their skills with guidance from our ex-Chelsea coach, Paul Dollner, and local footballers from Whitehawk and Burgess Hill Town Football Clubs.  Film and media creators can launch their career into Brighton’s booming digital industry as they network with over 40 local companies and work on live projects in our digital media academy.  Students envisioning building homes and commercial properties can learn their trade at our new construction academy which is sponsored by one of the UK’s fastest growing construction companies, KSD.  With KSD as a sponsor students benefit from the opportunity to study whilst working as an apprentice. 


Our community of industry partners, inspirational employer links and innovative programmes with neighboring universities and career mentors provide students with comprehensive careers advice that Ofsted recognises as a strength. 

‘Careers education starts in year 7 and its success can be seen in the Year 11 destination figures.’ - Ofsted 2016



Entrepreneurship - Academy Attributes


By taking ownership for their own academic and personal development BACA students dream it, believe it and achieve it.  Entrepreneurship is embedded across all we do.  We believe that by developing an entrepreneurial mindset we will build the confidence you need to succeed and live a productive and fulfilling life.