- 11-18 co-educational school
- 1150 students
- Sixth form entry of 180 students
- Sports specialism
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
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 reflects the curriculum model in Darwen, along with the specialisms of entrepreneurship and sport but tailored to suit the individual and local needs of the students. The new Academy can accommodate 1150 students and provide sixth form education for the first time since the early 1990s.
As in Darwen, 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. Our 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 September 2012 GCSE results were a record in the 57 year history of the school with an 86% improvement in GCSE performance in the Academy's first two years - making it the fastest improving school in the city over that period. 93% of students achieved 5 A*-C grade passes or more, and with students in the new 6th Form due to sit A Levels for the first time this year, Principal Mrs Hogg said: "I am immensely proud of everyone's achievement. At BACA we really do 'believe we can'and so far we have!"
Working on partnership with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, The Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club BACA has launched its first Aldridge Cricket Academy 6th Form Prospectus for male and female students looking to build a career in crciket whilst gaining academic qualifications.