School says goodbye to outgoing principal

Sir Rod Aldridge and Dylan Davies
Sir Rod Aldridge and Dylan Davies

Students and staff at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) bid farewell to principal Dylan Davies last week, as he is set to take up a new position as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools.

Mr Davies joined BACA in January 2014, but spent his final day at the school on Thursday (March 29).

He will be succeeded by Bob Speight, currently vice-principal at Ark Bolingbroke Academy in South West London. He is set to join the academy in June, but until then vice principal Janet Tremble will be acting principal.

Sir Rod Aldridge, Aldridge Education trustee, was at BACA last week to thank Mr Davies for his contribution to the academy, and said: “BACA achieving Ofsted’s ‘good’ rating, the significant increase in the number of students coming to the academy and selecting it as first choice, and the partnerships that BACA has built with local schools, companies and performing arts organisations reflect the success of Dylan’s very human approach.”

Mr Davies said: “School is where you learn to be part of the world as it is now and it is where we imagine what it will be when you we are older. What I have really enjoyed about working in BACA is that we have tried to explore the many ways creative teachers and staff can allow young people to explore today, yesterday and tomorrow.

“The Aldridge Attributes encapsulate this ideal for me. Teamwork, creativity, risk-taking, problem-solving, passion and determination are to me fundamental to success in the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow. I know BACA will continue to develop and investigate how these key attributes fit into the day-to-day running of modern day schools and how they become the language of learning and success for all BACA students.”

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