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Aldridge Community Academies

The Aldridge Foundation is an education charity funded by Sir Rod Aldridge in 2006 to help young people to reach their potential and improve communities.

In addition to Brighton and Portslade Academies the Foundation also sponsors Academies at Darwen in Lancashire, which opened in 2008, and on Portland in Dorset (2012).Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School opened in September 2013 and Kensington Aldridge Academy will open in London in 2014. The Foundation is also a lead partner in the recently announced University Technical Colleges for MediaCity in Salford and at Newhaven.

We believe there are no limits to what people can achieve. At our most established Academy in Darwen, which also has a string emphasis on sporting excellence, most recent A level saw a new record pass rate of 100% with 53% of students getting A*/ A grades and over 70% of students securing places at University.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA)

BACA opened in September 2010, with students moving into the cutting edge Academy building with its new sports, entrepreneurship and IT facilities and dedicated sixth form area a year later. BACA has a specialism in sport which is promoted in the Academy throughout the curriculum and through its modern sports facilities; The Academy also has an entrepreneurship 'hub' containing office pods where students and local entrepreneurs from the community can incubate innovative ideas to develop new businesses.

At BACA we are in the unique position of having two universities in our immediate proximity. This enables us to work closely them, share their expertise, access their resources and give you a flavour of Higher Education. We believe that the right academic curriculum is essential but developing you as a person- giving you the skills for life- is crucial to you future success. We will provide a range of experiences and opportunities to support and develop you as young adults- ready to take your place in the world of sport, work or move into further concentrated areas of study.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA)

PACA opened in September 2011 and has specialisms in Science and sport. Alongside the Foundation, Brighton and Hove City Council is co- sponsor and the University of Sussex is our Education Partner. £12.7m is currently being invested in the Academy campus, including the development of a new sixth form centre, music and performing arts centre, science laboratories and a state of the art computer suite.

At PACA the Sixth Form is a rapidly developing learning community of about 105 full time students. The Sixth Form will soon be located in its new state of the art building with a large study room and recreational area, overlooking the Sussex Downs. Standards have risen year on year and in many areas our outcomes are amongst the best in Brighton. In addition we will a new £1.2m science centre where we will be working in partnership with the Royal Institution.

We are developing contractual links with several high performing Universities so students can access level four units of work and have access to University library facilities and online mentors.


To download a copy of our prospectus click here or to find out more contact us.

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