Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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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.  

Ofsted rates BACA GOOD, with support for students' well-being and safety rated outstanding. We have strong and improving GCSE results and 2019 saw a 100% pass rate in our sixth-form for the fifth year in succession, with students achieving an average grade of Distinction across all courses. 

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.

Our students 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. If you have recently had your child's place at the academy from September 2020 confirmed and have any questions, would like to book a tour or visit, please contact Reception on 01273 691191 or at

Mr Robert Speight, Principal




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.

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 & neighbouring 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. 



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.