• 11-18 co-educational school
  • 1150 students
  • Sixth form entry of 180 students
  • Sports specialism
  • Received ‘Educational Outcomes’ award in 2014.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) replaced Falmer High school situated to the east of the city, becoming the second Aldridge sponsored academy.

The Academy opened in September 2010, with students moving into the cutting edge 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 students a flavour of Higher Education. We believe that the right academic curriculum is essential but developing young people as individuals- giving them the skills for life- is crucial to future success. We will provide a range of experiences and opportunities to support and develop you our young adults- ready to take their place in the world of sport, work or move into further concentrated areas of study.

In August 2014 GCSE results saw the continuation of the rise in the number of students achieving 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C grade, including maths and English, to more than double the performance of the predecessor school in its last year. 63 A* and A grades were achieved with 24% of students achieving 8 or more GCSEs at grades C or higher.

Working in 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. Both academies are also working in partnership with LatestTV to develop the Brighton Digital Media Academy.

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 in June 2014 the Academy won the Most Improved School of the Year award. Twelve months later Academy teacher Claire Webster won the Outstanding Contribution to Education in Sussex 2015 Award, BACA was highly commended in the Community School of the Year award and Academy student Keeley Wade was Highly Commended for the Against the Odds award.

In October 2014 BACA also received national recognition winning the award for Best Practice in its Partnerships with the Wide Community at the IAA National Awards.

Dylan Davies, Principal