Students from Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Academies have been taking part in Art at Work a two-year, Arts Council funded education programme delivered by the academies’ sponsor the Aldridge Foundation, in partnership with two of Brighton & Hove’s leading arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse, with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council.
Art at Work provides students at the two academies with the opportunity to gain real understanding of how to become a creative professional through a range of first hand experiences.
The creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports* and Brighton is home to some of the UK’s best artists, photographers, creative technologists, game designers and digital developers. Art at Work is bringing some of these incredible professionals into the Academies, setting up mentoring and shadowing schemes, and visits to museums, galleries and archives, as well as opportunities for students to visit professionals in their workplace. In 2014 the project will equip students with the skills and expertise necessary to create their own citywide programme of exhibitions and community events, enabling them to showcase what they have learnt during the two-year project.
Art at Work creates stronger links between the city’s arts and creative industries, young people, and the communities of Portslade and Falmer, with a focus on training in the creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, creative and digital careers awareness, and contemporary film, photography and digital media practice.
The programme aims to support, inspire and train teachers and youth and community leaders, promote networking and establish stronger links with the city’s cultural offer.
The project partners have engaged Culture Shift to evaluate the programme. They have worked with the group from the start to refine and clarify the project outcomes and develop appropriate tools to measure the impact of the programme.
* DCMS, 27 February 2013: Our creative industries are a real success story. They are worth more than £36 billion a year; they generate £70,000 every minute for the UK economy; and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK. According to industry figures, the creative industries account for around £1 in every £10 of the UK’s exports. With the right support, they have the potential to bring even more benefits to our culture and economy.
The Aldridge Foundation is an educational charity that helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges.
Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes new writing on photography and produces exhibitions, books and events including the Brighton Photo Biennial. Lighthouse is a leading digital culture agency in South East England supporting, commissioning and showcasing new work by digital artists and filmmakers and others.
To find out more, visit www.artatwork.org.uk
The most recent Social Action Committee was yet another great success. On 14th February, the planned fun run was turned into a sponsored aerobics session due to bad weather but spirits definitely weren’t dampened! Lead by the PE department, there was a fantastic turnout of students in fancy dress showcasing their personal superheroes to raise money for this worthy cause.
The Year 9 options evening will be held next Thursday from 4:30 till 7pm. Students will have the opportunity to have a 15 minute appointment with either their tutor, Head of House or a member of SLT as well as a chance to talk to subject teachers about the individual subjects they may wish to continue studying.
This week is National Careers and Apprenticeships Week and students across the school will be celebrating by doing lots of different activities designed to get them thinking about their futures. Years 7 and 8 will be playing The Spin Game, which links curriculum subjects to the world of work and helps students see the relevance of the subjects they study at school for future careers. Year 9 will be involved with Talking Jobs, an online careers exploration platform which promotes social mobility and raises aspirations by giving young people role models and video case studies of local people being interviewed doing 40 different jobs. Years 10 and 11 will find out more about opportunities within apprenticeships and finally year 12 have a whole day dedicated to looking at what their next career steps will be with the My Future Day being hosted in the brand new Sixth Form area. There will be a programme of external speakers and employer led workshops including one on personal branding for self-marketing! More information and activities can be found below on the website including the Digital Guide to Careers Week with a different theme for each day and useful links, PDF’s and videos as well as the Talking Jobs programme.
On 25th February 2014, PACA hosted famous cricketers Sarah Taylor and Georgia Elwiss, both of who were part of the recent Ashes winning England Cricket team, at the event showcasing the new academies in Science, Dance, Football and Multisport. Hosted at their new £12.7 million campus building on Chalky Road, this event offered current and prospective students the opportunity to explore the new state of the art facilities and STEM Centre.
There was a fantastic turnout including some key partners of the new academies such as STEM Sussex representatives on the science side and supporting sports clubs such as Mile Oak Wanderers on the football side. Sir Rod Aldridge, a former pupil of PACA, also attended the launch to support these new initiatives and see the continued progress that has been made at the school since it become an academy sponsored by The Aldridge Foundation in 2012.
Tomorrow night, 25th February, sees the launch of our exciting new Science and Sports Academies from 6pm to 9pm. PACA will be holding an open evening for prospective and current Sixth Formers to launch our academies in Science, Football, Dance and Multisport. This will be held in the new £12.7 million campus building on Chalky Road so why not pop along to understand more about the exciting opportunities available. The launch event will give prospective students, parents and members of the community an opportunity to experience the facilities and meet some of the partner organisations who will be offering curriculum enrichment to the students enrolled in the academies.
PACA’s art department have been teaching on Tuesday afternoons at the local primary school, Mile Oak. Focussing on year 4, they have been looking at an artist called Fabric Lenny and producing work inspired by him.
Data released by the Department for Education this month shows that the Aldridge Foundation sponsored academies top Brighton and Hove’s league table for how fast students improve between joining their secondary school and sitting their GCSEs.
“Value added” scores are now included with GCSE league table data released by the Department on their website. The scores measure the progress made by each student from the end of Key Stage 2 (primary school) to the end of Key Stage 4 when they sit GCSE’s, using their best eight exam results. A benchmark score of 1000 shows that students are making the national average progress in their secondary education. At schools scoring above 1000 students are consistently making above average progress.
Results for Brighton and Hove schools in 2013 were:
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 1017.5
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 1002.5
Cardinal Newman Catholic School 1001.4
Patcham High School 996.1
Dorothy Stringer School 994.3
Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College 993.2
Varndean School 966.5
Longhill High School 961.5
Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre 958.6
Source: http://www.education.gov.uk – KS4 2013 Results / Pupil Progress Best 8 VA Measure
Sir Rod Aldridge said: ”These results reflect the fantastic approach of our teachers and staff, and the advantage our entrepreneurial education gives our students. Developing creativity, determination, problem-solving, risk-taking, teamwork and passion makes real difference to success in the classroom – and when our students go on to university and the world of work.”
“PACA’s leap in GCSE results last summer has already been widely recognised across the City but I would particularly like to congratulate everyone connected with BACA. Combined with the great new building and facilities we have at Falmer, these results show we are delivering a school that is making a real difference to the lives and prospects of young people in the east of the City.”
Join us on the 25th February 2014 from 6pm until 9pm to hear more about the exciting new PACA academies in Science, Football, Dance and Multi Sport for post 16 study. We will be holding an open evening for prospective and current Sixth Formers to launch their new Science and Sports Academies on Tuesday 25th February from 6pm until 9pm. This launch will be held in the new building on Chalky Road and will showcase some of the exciting opportunities available. The launch event will give prospective students, parents and members of the community an opportunity to experience the facilities and meet some of the partner organisations who will be offering curriculum enrichment to the students enrolled in the academies.
The Year 7 netball team were victorious last week in a fantastic game against Hove Park. The final score was 15-11 and Lucy Palmer was named as player of the match.