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.
The academy’s motto is simple - “Believe you can”. Whether in the classroom, on the sports field or performing on stage, we inspire each of our students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to follow their passions into a successful future.
Through encouraging an enterprising mindset we enable students to thrive in today's rapidly-changing 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.
Never has the world felt more rapidly-changing than when the COVID-19 pandemic caused massive upheaval in all of our lives. I am incredibly proud of how our students, families and staff rose to that challenge, and that 97% of our parents told us that the academy did a good job under these challenging circumstances. In the same survey 98% of parents and 93% of our students told us I am proud to be a member of the BACA community.
Students joining us in Year 7 are embarking on an exciting seven-year journey. We are proud to be an 11-18 school that allows students to build on their successes at Key Stage 3 and GCSE to our sixth form.
We work closely with a community of industry partners, leading employers and our neighbouring universities to offer students a comprehensive careers advice and work-related learning programmes. Over 50 organisations, from Southern Water and Metro Bank to local solicitors and IT companies have come into the academy at different times in the last year to work with students, supporting their careers aspirations, helping them gain industry experience and building interview skills.
Our students also benefit from a rich offer in terms of the creative arts. The BACA 100 challenge gives them a wide range of experiences that help develop resilience, confidence and independence. Our sports facilities are exceptional and partnerships, such as that with Sussex Cricket, allow our students to combine high-quality training with their academic studies. BACA has again been named amongst the Cricketer Magazine’s Top100 schools for cricket in the country in 2020, one of only four non-selective state secondary schools to achieve this.
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 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
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 Head of BACA College and FA Qualified Coach, Phillip Williamson. 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.