The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy recently played host to a special event showcasing digital excellence among pupils. The event entitled ‘Kidsmeet’ saw First School pupils from Frome Valley, Damers, Milborne St. Andrew, Cerne Abbas, Cheselbourne and St Mary’s … Continue reading
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy celebrated last year’s Year 11 students last night at ...
Young learners from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have been getting to grips ...
The development of Rugby at IPACA has swept across all ages and been received enthusiastically ...
The IPACA Choir from Osprey Quay and Southwell Campus came together to perform for the ...
Here are Southwell Campus pupils celebrating their IPACA awards this week. Well done to all ...
The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Osprey Quay and is filled with exciting new ...
Chef Dean in Year 6 demonstrating the creaming method in Ms Dutton’s Food Technology class ...
Over 60 children have joined the IPACA Choir for Christmas celebrations. The IPACA choir will ...
The IPACA 6th Form students went to Weymouth Pavilion as part of a Dorset-wide car ...
See below for two activities you can take part in as part of anti-bullying week, ...
Parent and Child sessions will continue at Osprey Quay Campus on November 20th and 27th.On December 4th, 11th ...
19th November, 2014 – 6:30pm – Osprey Quay Campus – For Year 11 Students, Parents ...
Last Friday saw a whole host of activities to raise money for ‘Children in Need’ ...
Today saw hundreds of students fill the hall to see the premiere of ’IPACA Hear ...
Pudsey Bear has been popping up all over the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy ...
On Children in Need Day, Southwell Campus pupils at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy welcomed Jonathan Dixon from Sustrans for a ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ Assembly. Pupils were asked to make their bikes or scooters bright to remind … Continue reading →
Well done to everyone recognised at tonight’s Celebration of Achievement, for full details of all our award winners, please see above. Thank-you again to Sir Rod and Lady Carol Aldridge for being our guests of honor this evening, we appreciate your … Continue reading →
Students and staff across the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have been celebrating their ‘schools within schools’ ethos with an exciting ‘All-Through Wren House Week’. Head of Wren House at the Portland Academy, Mr Angus Dawson explains how, ‘Wren … 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