Students Share Results of Arts Council Funded Digital Arts and Photography Project via New Website
Students from Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Academies have been taking part in Art at Work a two-year, Arts Council funded education programme delivered by academies' sponsor the Aldridge Foundation, in partnership with two of Brighton & Hove's leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse, with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council.
Artatwork.org.uk is a new website built by Brighton-based graphic designer Oli Pyle. A creative space where students, teachers, artists and those involved in the project can share their experiences, artatwork.org.uk also acts as a public platform through which the students can share their work with a wider audience. In addition, as the programme progresses, the website will advertise opportunities for other young people across the city, inviting them to take part in the Art at Work programme.
Since the Art at Work programme began in early 2013, artists and technologists have been helping the students in a variety of activities designed to develop students' enterpreneurial skills and raise awareness of careers within the creative industries.
GCSE results show that the Aldridge Foundation is improving outcomes for disadvantaged students
The 2013 GCSE exam results for the Aldridge Foundation sponsored academy schools demonstrate how effectively our entrepreneurial education is tackling a history of underachievement for disadvantaged young people in the communities they serve.
In the cohort who sat their exams in 2013 all of our schools had more students eligable for Pupil Premium (the standard indicator of disadvantage) than the national average. This reflects our conviction that, in the words of Sir Rod "Everyone has the right to expect an exciting, engaging and relevant education, regardless of who they are, or where they live."
Nationally the gap between the performance of disadvantaged pupils and the rest of the cohort is still large. The achievement of those eligable for Pupil Premium is 26.9% below their peers.
All of our sponsored academies recorded a smaller gap than this in 2013, most notably at our first school, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, where there was no gap in performance at all between the two groups. At Brighton Aldridge Community Academy the measure of progress between leaving primary school and GCSEs (Value Added Score) for disadvantaged students is 1011, well above the national average of 983, showing that our students are consistently making well above average progress, irrespective of their start in life.
Chief Executive Honor Wilson-Fletcher said: "We want all of our students to do outstandingly well, but it is a measure of the commitment and skill of our staff that those young people who have traditionally done least well, do better than average at our schools."