Brighton Aldridge Community Academy


  • 11-18 co-educational school
  • 1150 students
  • Sixth form entry of 180 students
  • Sports specialism
  • In top 20 schools nationally for Valued Added
  • Received 'Educational Outcomes' award in 2014.

Sir Rod Aldridge chose to sponsor a second Academy in the City of Brighton and Hove where he grew up.  Brighton Aldridge Community Academy replaced Falmer High school situated to the east of the city.

The Academy opened September 2010, and moving to purposefully and imaginatively designed new buildings in 2011 enabling a creative and innovative curriculum.  BACA has a specialism in sport and a focus on entrepreneurship.The new Academy building can accommodate up to 1150 students and provides sixth form education in the Falmer community for the first time since the early 1990s.

The Academy is a community asset working in partnership to establish an optimal learning experience for students and to support them in developing life skills along side skills necessary for employment.

Click to view BACA VideoOur partners include:

  • Parents and families
  • The local authority and its schools
  • Brighton and Sussex universities
  • City college
  • Adult learner and community groups
  • Voluntary and statutory organisations including youth and health organisations
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
  • Sussex County Cricket Club
  • Work-based trainers and providers

In August 2013 GCSE results were a record in the 58 year history of the school. Across
all subjects 96% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs, with 174 passes at A* or A level. One student achieved seven A*s and six A grades.  Chair of governors Peter Kyle said: "BACA's continued transformation is illustrated by these remarkable results. A 100% improvement in three years is a credit to the hard work and commitment of our students. Governors swell with pride at their many achievements and remain eternally grateful to the teachers and staff who's dedication enable such success".

Working on partnership with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, The Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club BACA launched the Aldridge Cricket Academy into 2012 and now offers specialist 6th Form courses for male and female students looking to build a career in cricket whilst gaining academic qualifications.

In July 2013 the appointment of Dylan Davies as Principal in succession to Mrs Phil Hogg was announced, with Mr. Davies taking up the position in January 2014. 

In May 2014 BACA received the Educational Outcomes Award, awarded by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) in recognition of their outstanding student progress at GCSE, the second year in a row that the Academy received the award. The award follows the Academy being listed in the top 20% of schools nationally for value added, demonstrating the significant progress students make from Key Stage 2 to GCSE.

At the Brighton Argus' Youth in Action Education Awards ceremony on Sunday 8 June out of 17 awards the Academy  was impressively shortlisted nine times and won four awards:Teaching Assistant of the Year (Mr Hurcomb); Teacher of the Year (Mr Townsend); Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex Star Award (Ms Congreve) and Most Improved School of the Year.