Young learners from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have created their own mural for the Hindu Festival ‘Holi’ Holi is also known as the Festival of Colours. Holi is traditionally celebrated by throwing powdered paint into the air, … Continue reading
Students from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community have had more enterprise success at the ...
Students and staff from the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy have presented at ...
The Planning Inspectorate has announced the decision by Neil Pope, the inspector appointed by the ...
Parents and children packed out the main hall at Osprey Campus for the first annual ...
Young learners have been learning to count in Binary this week at the Isle of ...
Sports Relief was a fruitful afternoon of fun fulfilling activities for all to enjoy and embrace across the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy. Wednesday afternoon was spent with the children from Southwell Campus, Reception to Year 4; here they … Continue reading →
Chromebooks are having a huge impact across the curriculum here at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy. The above pictures show the portable devices being used in Dance. Having access to the internet means students can research other dances to … Continue reading →
Young learners at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community have been studying ‘Inventions that changed the world’. The knowledge harvest (carried out at the start of a topic) highlighted that the children wanted to focus on the earliest inventions. With this … Continue reading →
Charlotte Pascoe, one half of the IPACA Tenner company ‘StormsRUs’, and her mum gave a brilliant business master class on BBC Radio Solent. Charlotte explained how they doubled their original £10 start up capital to print the first edition of … 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 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.