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Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) has emerged triumphant by making significant progress in their Ofsted rating after being placed in special measures just a year ago. The school achieved a good ranking for personal development and leadership and management during a recent inspection in March. Principal Jack Davies, a visionary leader, drew a parallel between the school’s phenomenal improvement and that of Brighton & Hove Albion football team’s performance turnaround.


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Revamping the School Culture

Mr. Davies’ top priority was to create a safe environment for the students, leading to a series of transformative measures. He initiated regular forums with parents and staff, seeking feedback and suggestions for improvement even before he took over as principal. Ever since he joined, the school has implemented community mentors to counsel Year 7 students on their aspirations and career paths. Involvement of a student leadership team has also proven to be pivotal in bringing about progress. Mr. Davies focused on revamping the uniform standards, and rather than using bells, he implemented digital clocks. Removing mobile phones from the premises and promoting socialization and communication also proved to be an effective strategy.

Community Support and Future Prospects

Mr. Davies praised the support provided by various community groups, including the East Brighton Trust, in helping the school achieve remarkable progress within such a short time frame. Although the school still requires improvement in the quality of education and student behavior and attitudes, Mr. Davies is optimistic that it’s moving in the right direction. He hopes to leverage this success as a catalyst to take the school to the next level.

Celebrating Success and Recognitions

The rapid turnaround of the school’s fortunes earned praise and recognition from several quarters. Jane Fletcher, CEO of Aldridge Education, congratulated the staff, students, parents, carers, and Mr. Davies for their tireless efforts in bringing about change. She credited the combined hard work and dedication of everyone involved for the successful outcome, describing it as a testament to their unflagging commitment. She looks forward to witnessing the school’s sustained progress in the coming months.

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