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. 

Brilliant Club Visit University of Sussex

Just before half term, BDA’s Brilliant Club visited the University of Sussex for a day of thinking about their future prospects, and to experience a graduation ceremony – celebrating the excellent academic essays they recently produced. 

The students involved had coaching from a PHD tutor last term and were set the task of carrying out their own research on the topic of moral ethics. They submitted essays to a strict undergraduate-style deadline and had them graded to a university mark scheme. 

The finished pieces of work were excellent, impressing the tutor with their mature presentation of ideas and the depth of knowledge on show. Special mention must be made of Faiso, Hajar, Milly and Yasmin, who all achieved 1sts. 

During their visit to Sussex, the students learnt a lot about life at a campus university and discussed various study skills and A level ‘facilitating’ subjects. They also talked about their future options and the challenges offered up by the Brilliant Club. They were particularly impressed by the size of the library and how many students were hard at work inside. 

Ms Grainger said: “All the students were as ‘brilliant’ as expected.”