IPACA Sixth Form Opens

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) has opened the first Sixth Form in the history of education on Portland. Vice-Principal, Rob Russell, said, “It has long been our vision to provide our community with high quality post-16 education … Continue reading

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Young Learners Investigating Maths

Here young learners take part in a Maths Investigation. The task was to make as many squares as possible using just 20 straws. Their record was 9 squares, how many can you make? Read more at - http://oqwest.blogspot.co.uk/ 

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Year 6 Thriving at Royal Manor Campus

Year 6 students settle into some focused group work during their first week at the Royal Manor campus. The ‘all through’ philosophy at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, and the idea that learning should be driven by ‘stage’ … Continue reading

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Fuelled for Learning

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) has launched its own in-house catering service at start of this term. IPACA is on the cutting edge of excellent school catering and ahead of government school meal reforms. Vice Principal, Robert Russell, said, “It … Continue reading

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#IPACALearn Competition

On Friday 12th September, four IPACA students will be visiting Stanford Bridge, home of Chelsea FC. The visit has been arranged by ‘TriplePlay’ the UK’s leading digital signage solution. The students will be hosted by Chris Frazer, Chelsea FC’s AV … Continue reading

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Innovative Teaching to Feature on BBC Radio 4

The BBC Radio 4 ‘Educators’ documentary series came to the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, IPACA, today to record an innovative maths lesson and interview the students taking part. The series, which sees presenter Sarah Montague interview the people whose ideas are … Continue reading

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Calling All Local Businesses

Following the runaway success of our Tenner Challenge last year, IPACA has teamed up with Young Enterprise to help our Sixth Form students develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills in a challenging and practical way – using a range of … Continue reading

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Penn House Captains

The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy is organised within a schools within schools model, at the heart of our four houses (Wren, Penn, Anning and Coode) are the students themselves. Each house has captains that represent the wider family … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Qi Roy is just one of many students celebrating outstanding results today at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy. Qi achieved 3A*’s, 1A, 4Bs, 2Cs and 1A* with distinction in Maths. More information to follow.

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Commonwealth Games Pride

Well done to former student Jay Lelliott, representing England in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the men’s 1500m freestyle final. Great swim! Read more at http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/Commonwealth-Games-2014-Jay-smashes-Dorset-record/story-22018294-detail/story.html#40pp3lHhWhETxvDR.99 Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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Professor Heppell Visits

Last week Professor Hepple, the Academy’s patron, made one of his frequent visits to meet with staff and students and enjoy getting to know everybody. After touring all the campuses and admiring some fantastic work of the younger children he … Continue reading

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The IPACA Games – A Huge Success Story

On Thursday 17th July 2014 IPACA held it’s first ever IPACA Games at Royal Manor Campus. The vision of Dan Kinsey (Director of Sport)  IPACA games was set up to replace the more traditional sports day in a way that … Continue reading

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IPACA Archers

This term saw IPACA Archers launched successfully with thanks to funding from Synergy Housing. This after school student club has seen fantastic student numbers attending and some real talent emerging.  Students have, as a result, been eligible to attend the … Continue reading

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British Cycling GoRide Sessions

This term saw PE sessions involve peddle power!  The IPACA Outdoor Education department organised 6 British Cycling GoRide sessions for students to experience the thrill of off-road Mountain Biking.  The aim of the sessions was to instil  enthusiasm for this … Continue reading

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Trip to The Bird Observatory and Portland Bill

Young learners from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy were excited to spend the day at Portland Bird Observatory and Portland Bill.   The children had a tour of the Old Lower Light lighthouse which houses the PBO and … Continue reading

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Pupils create their own hair salon!

The youngest pupils at Osprey Quay have created their own hair salon. We have seen Elsa hair do’s and a few hair don’ts! The children have had lots of fun. They are beginning to talk about money in a practical … Continue reading

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IPACA Edgemasters

This term has seen plenty of great rock climbing from our Edgemasters Climbing Club.  The weather has been kind, allowing us to visit many of the Island’s best climbing venues and experience what visitors travel hours for.  As a result … Continue reading

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Fire Fighting Skills

As part of the broad and dynamic curriculum that IPACA offers it’s students there are opportunities for some to work with the local fire service. Here a Year 10 student receives his training programme certificate following an intensive course where … Continue reading

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St George’s students learn road safety skills at IPACA

Last week 28 year 5 and 6 students from St George’s Primary School successfully completed their Level 1 and 2 Bikeability training at IPACA. The students learned a whole variety of important skills, starting with: An understanding of safety equipment … Continue reading

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Early Years Pupils Thrive At Race Day

On Wednesday the 16th July 2014 all EYFS students at Osprey Quay Campus enjoyed  the very  first Early Years Race afternoon. Pupils were split into to twelve groups that included a mix or reception, nursery 1 and nursery 2 children … Continue reading

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