Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 

Ms Cartlidge and the Strive Challenge

At the end of last term, the BDA community immersed itself in the Strive Challenge, a fundraising initiative launched by Richard Branson's son Sam and his cousin Noah Devereux. The pair visited the school in July and delivered an assembly alongside performance poet Karl Lokko, a former Brixton gang leader.

At the heart of the school's role in the campaign was Head of Geography Ms Cartlidge, who was invited to join the Core Strive Team on the final leg of their epic journey. Always up for a challenge, she hiked an unbelievable 180km from London to the summit of the Matterhorn - a mountain in the Pennine Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The journey typically takes nine days, but the group completed the route in just seven.

Ms Cartlidge said: “It was a gruelling and at times very dangerous, avoiding falling boulders, spending whole days freezing in the non-stop rain and trying to keep walking when my heels were horribly blistered and bleeding. This is what striving is all about - pushing both your body and your mind to the limit to achieve something worthwhile.

"It helped knowing that so many people at home were being so generous and sponsoring me to help raise money for such an important cause. I have raised over £1300 so far but more sponsorship is definitely welcome.”

Sam, Noah and Karl have expressed interest in returning to the academy to share stories of their life-changing experience. We are extremely proud of Ms Cartlidge’s efforts and are so pleased to welcome her back from such an inspiring journey.