The work of the Portslade Academy’s Social Action Committee was recognised with the award of Charity Achievement of the year. In the words of the paper, the fundraising group “received a record-breaking 36 nominations for the work it does throughout the community”.
The Committee has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, many of who nominated the school for the award.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy teacher Claire Webster won the Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex Award. Claire, who is director of entrepreneurial development at the Academy was described as “an outstanding teacher who is not afraid to think outside the box to enhance students’ education.” A second BACA teacher, Vice Principal Dawn Gladwin, was also a finalist in this category.
Amongst other awards the Aldridge Cricket Academy was ‘highly commended’ in excursion of the year (for its ground-breaking tour to South Africa) and BACA was likewise highly commended in the Community School of the Year award. BACA student Keeley Wade was Highly Commended for the Against the Odds award; Dean Flynn (PACA) was highly commended for Teacher of the Year; and Lucy Clohsey (PACA) was a finalist for Staff Member of the Year award.
Keeley’s story is particularly inspiring. Having struggled in year 7 at her previous school due to an intense fear of going to school, which led her to be home-schooled in year 8, she started at BACA in January 2014. She is now an active student leader at the academy. The person who nominated her said: “She is an inspiring role model to other students and helps support by encouraging them with their learning.”