Dear Year 11, Here is the new after school session timetable. Please click the image above to enlarge. You will note that there have been a few changes and it may well be that after the March mock exams … Continue reading
On Wednesday 28th January, there is a Maths event led by Paul Durber, Head of ...
Year 7 pupils from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy were recently visited by ...
Pupils from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy experienced Woodland Springs at Inside Out, ...
Young learners at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have been pushing their own ...
Members of the IPACA Choir joined the Jackson Gallery Singers, the Portland Crooners and other ...
Wednesday 10th December saw the Autumn Term Dance Showcase held at school for an evening ...
This picture shows Charlie who is celebrating success with AR after scoring 100% on every ...
Pupils from West Base and West Base 2 enjoyed a special ‘Christmas Enterprise Challenge’ when ...
Our Social Enterprise day has generated over 100 fantastic ideas to make a real difference ...
Following a recent Governors’ Business Committee meeting, it was agreed that we would like to ...
Year 6 have been taking part in Bikeability – the cycling proficiency course. The have ...
Young learners from Year 2 to 6 represented every IPACA campus at a well attended ...
See IPACA Sixth Form BTEC Level 3 Dancers in action through three special ‘site specific’ ...
Please note the Report Publish Dates have been amended in the IPACA Calendar. See below ...
Here Year 6 pupils enjoy some specialist Graphics teaching during a lesson with Mr. John ...
Every Thursday is Celebration Assembly at Southwell Campus. Pupils celebrate their achievements and each week, the teachers choose a Learner of the Week and a Citizen of the Week. This week, Mr Blanthorn chose his whole class as Learners of … Continue reading →
Dorset County Council are currently consulting on the proposed changes to catchment areas in the Weymouth area for the 2016/2017 academic year. The closing date for responses is Friday, 27th February 2015. The consultation document can be accessed at https://www.dorsetforyou.com/393425.
Archery Club runs every Tuesday after school throughout the year (excluding GCSE exam times) for Yr6+. Club members have been enjoying shooting with Recurve Bows using a variety of techniques that our Olympic athletes use. They have been shooting from different distances … Continue reading →
Edgemasters Climbing Club runs every Thursday after school throughout the year for Yr6+. Club members have climbed and abseiled on the Island cliffs and if that isn’t exciting enough……they have been doing it the dark with headtorches! In addition, they have been … Continue reading →
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy celebrated last year’s Year 11 students last night at the annual Year 11 Certificate Presentation Evening. The event which was well attended by last year’s Year 11 students and their parents was hosted at … Continue reading →
Young learners from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have been getting to grips with pinhole cameras as part of an exciting project. Frances Aitken, an artist from The South Dorset Ridgeway, has been visiting the Portland Academy pupils to … Continue reading →
The IPACA Choir from Osprey Quay and Southwell Campus came together to perform for the first time at All Saints Church Christmas Fair. 50 pupils entertained an audience of over 100 with Christmas favourites Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose … Continue reading →
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The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy opened in September 2012, bringing together five Portland schools, the Grove, Brackenbury and Underhill, Southwell and Royal Manor Arts College.
We are a non-selective, non-fee paying, co-educational state school providing an outstanding learning environment for young people aged 4 – 16, together with Foundation Stage units including nursery and reception age children.
The Academy offers an exciting curriculum, individually tailored to the needs of each student. Building on the friendly family atmosphere that our predecessor schools had a reputation for, our students progress at the best possible pace for them as individuals.
Reflecting the unique resources and position of Portland, the Academy specialises in Environmental Science and in Sports Science. We also place particular emphasis on Entrepreneurship - giving students the confidence to achieve whatever they want in life.
IPACA is sponsored by educational charity The Aldridge Foundation, which helps young people to reach their potential and contribute to improving their communities. The Foundation provides practical help and advice to the Academy, assisting us to learn from best practice nationally and internationally in ensuring we deliver the best possible educational opportunities for our students.
Dorset County Council is the Co-sponsor and has a strong track record of delivering high quality school improvement services, innovative curriculum development and outstanding schools. The Local Authority has played a major role in helping to shape IPACA's vision and as a Co-sponsor ensures the Academy can benefit from being part of the Dorset family of schools.
Professor Stephen Heppell, visionary educationalist, is Patron of IPACA. Stephen is recognised internationally as a leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology, and is Chair in New Media Environments, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University.
As an Academy we are a state school funded directly and solely by the Department for Education and administered by a charitable Academy Trust. We are not administered or funded by the Local Authority, or our Sponsors. Academy status allows us the freedom to promote enterprise and innovation, while offering a broad and balanced curriculum to students of all abilities.
IPACA is led by Vice-Principals Rob Russell, Stuart McLeod, Darren Marklew and its Governing Body. This body includes Sponsor Governors, Staff Governors, Local Authority Governors, Parent Governors and coopted governors selected by the Academy Trust.
We will be adding more information and pages to our website throughout this year, so please explore using the navigation bar above. There are pages to help you contact each academy campus site, or our main office, information about each campus, and our calendar