The Clarinet Group at Southwell Campus have recently performed a show to their class. One of these budding young musicians wrote the below: We enjoyed putting the clarinet together. We also learnt some notes on the clarinet which are: E,D … Continue reading
Community Computer Club is held every Thursday at Osprey Quay Campus (3:20-4:30pm). The club is ...
Today, Mr. Spencer from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, joined 50 other teachers ...
This past November, teachers at IPACA Royal Manor Campus challenged the students to sign up ...
The first term has been very busy for our young Rugby players at the Isle ...
The Year 7, 8 and 9 five a side football teams have been in action ...
On Friday 22nd November, members of Absolute Theatre worked across IPACA with the hopes of building some ideas for a project called Portland Cantata. At Southwell Campus they worked with a Year 5 class, listening to stories about Portland, asking … Continue reading →
On November 15th, the IPACA English Department took part in the first Shakespeare Live Broadcast for Schools from the RSC. The Royal Shakespeare Company streamed a production of Richard II, starring David Tennant from ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Broadchurch’, live from … Continue reading →
As the below video shows, preparations are under way for IPACA staff participation in the ‘Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Challenge’. This event runs alongside raising funds for ‘Movemeber’ which a number of staff are participating in. For more … Continue reading →
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 Principal Alison Appleyard 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, our calendar and details of our planning proposals for a new campus at Southwell Park.