Mr. Spracklen recently attended the CEFPI Annual Conference 2014 in Portland, Oregon to present at a Super Seminar. The visit which was fully funded by UK Learning also saw Mr. Spracklen visit a number of innovative schools both in and … Continue reading
On Saturday 25th October, staff members from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy took ...
Today the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy were delighted to welcome Stephen Harris from ...
On Tuesday 21st October Mrs. Carney, Leader of Osprey Quay Campus and Mr. Spracklen, Academy ...
We are honoured that Memo Project Patron, the legendary Professor E.O. Wilson is visiting the ...
Students from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have been using GarageBand on iPads ...
On Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th October, the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy welcomed international ...
On Friday 17th October, students and staff welcomed guests from Dartmouth Academy to the Isle ...
On Saturday 18th October, students and staff from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy’s ...
Join us on Thursday 23rd October to run 2K or 5K for two great causes! ...
On Thursday 16th October, the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy’s Parent and Child Group ...
The above picture shows some of our wonderful Year 6 readers striking again, all scored ...
A video featuring IPACA has gone viral after the technology giant tweeted about it. The ...
Broadcast on Wednesday 1st October, 2014, BBC Radio 4′s ‘The Educators’ focused on Salman Khan, ...
The MP for South Dorset, Richard Drax, visited the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy, ...
Doug Pigg talked to Penn students about the Portland Neighbourhood Plan. He spoke about the ...
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy Board of Governors is pleased to announce the Academy’s Executive Leadership following the resignation of the Principal a few weeks ago. Chair of Governors, John Tizard, said “The Board met yesterday and has agreed that Stuart … Continue reading →
This October, Island Community Action in Partnership with the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy is getting involved with Silver Sunday, an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. The day is to celebrate … Continue reading →
Students at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academywere given a chance to work with professional baker, Jerry Whyton who visited the school this week. The student’s from Year Eight who are studying Food Technology, were tasked with linking their work … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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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