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. 


Last week, Year 7 students went on their first residential at BDA to the Ferny Croft Scout Centre in the New Forest.

Whilst they were there, the students learnt archery skills to build shelters, how to cook on a campfire, how to work as a team to build the highest crate tower and scale a massive climbing wall!

The students also learnt the value of spending time outdoors and engaging with nature, with Patrick in 7A even finding a robin’s nest with real bird eggs inside it!

All students showed exemplar behaviour and responsibility, helping the teachers prepare meals and putting up the tents as well as being courteous to their peers, and the activity leaders.

The final night culminated in an impressive Talent Show, curated by Ms Cabdi and involved dance routines, singing and a stand-up routine from Adam in 7U and Neon in 7B who did uncanny impersonations of both Ms Bridger during morning line-up! This was rounded off by a BBQ and roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

All students had a wonderful time, with some students trying to bribe Ms Bridger to let them stay longer…