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. Our 2019 Year 11 year group were a pleasure to work with - they put so much into their studies and achieved results to be really proud of.
English results were amongst the most pleasing, with 72% of students achieving a grade 4 or above and 61% a strong pass at grade 5 or above, results that seem likely to exceed national averages when they are published.
Performance in creative and vocational courses was exceptional, with very high pass rates and proportions of students achieving the highest grades. 71% of students achieved Distinction or Distinction* in Creative Media, as did 49% in Business, 40% in Drama and 38% in Catering. Overall, our students achieved a record number of 40 maximum grades (9 or Distinction*) across 15 different GCSE subjects.
I am also very proud of the success of the BACA College Year 13 cohort. In 2019 performance in BTEC courses was exceptional, with a 100% pass rate for the fifth year in succession and students achieving an average grade of Distinction across all courses. Students performed exceptionally well in Sports Science, in which 71% achieved the top Distinction* grade, and Creative Media, in which 100% of entries achieved Merits and above, including 42% at Distinction or Distinction*.
Our first Level 3 Construction cohort achieved a very impressive 100% pass rate, progressing into apprenticeships or full time employment. The first cohort of Music and Drama students following courses delivered in conjunction with our partners BIMM and BRICTT also secured impressive outcomes, with 92% of entries securing Merit and above and 59% Distinction.
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
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.