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The Business Academy, Bexley
Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, DA18 4DW, UK Erith
+44 (0)208 320 4800


View of the school name - Secondary SectionThe Business Academy Bexley is a publicly funded independent ‘Academy’, which specialises in Business and Enterprise. It is owned and managed by the Charitable Trust Company – Bexley Business Academy Ltd and is sponsored by Sir David Garrard, who is committed to establishing and maintaining it as a special seat of learning. The Chair of Governors is Tim Garnham.

Independent of the Local Education Authority, The Business Academy Bexley is the Government’s flagship Academy, pioneering the way for other publicly funded Independent schools in the future.

The Secondary Sector currently accommodates 1,000 11-18 years old students, the Primary Sector accommodates 420 5 -11 year olds and the Neighbourhood Nursery accommodates up to 90 infants from 3 months old to 4 years.

The Business Academy Bexley provides a continuity of education that is not available elsewhere in the state sector in


Extra Curricular provision for Gifted and Talented Students this year at the Business Academy has included 4 students participating in the London Debate Challenge Scheme. These students spent a day working on formal debating skills and participating in competitive debating. These skills were then further utilised and developed further in school in preparation for the inter house debating competition. Similarly, year 8 students were also invited to take part in another debate workshop at Cambridge University as part of the Aim Higher programme.

Gifted and Talented students have also been involved in several media projects in which they have created a DVD which presents their ideas, thoughts and work on different topics. Notable successes here have included the year 9 Pop Art project which compares Pop Art and modern graffiti as well as year 10 English projects on cultural poetry. Each of these will be showcased in a presentation at the end of the year but it is also hoped that they can be used in the teaching of those subjects to other students. One student evaluated her media as "thoroughly enjoyable" and wrote that "it was educational and fun and will teach younger students a lot of new interesting things. They will get to see and hear an in depth debate on a poem which shows older students opinions and interpretations. I think this project has boosted my confidence a lot too."

Furthermore, at the Academy we really want to not only celebrate the success of our high achieving students, we also want their view to be important. This is why we recently invited 8 of our most hard working and high achieving Gifted and Talented students to a special lunch with the Principal, Mr Duncan Spalding. During this lunch students discussed what they thought were the strengths of the Academy and what they felt we could do to improve things further or students. Students discussed several aspects of school life including enrichment and teaching and learning and came up with several suggestions which we are currently working on developing and implementing.

Overall, our main aim for Gifted and Talented students at the Business Academy is that every child is given the opportunity to achieve and succeed. However, we recognise that some students need extra support to enable them to achieve all that they are capable of. After analysing end of term report grades and effort levels up to Spring half term it became clear that some of our year 8 students were beginning to underachieve in several subjects. These were all students who either were not achieving the results that they are capable in terms of National Curriculum levels or students who are being graded as “unsatisfactory” in their effort. These students have all been allocated mentors from members of staff (both teaching and non teaching) who will act as mentors and coaches to find out why these students are not achieving and help to give them strategies that will provide opportunities for academic success.


We aim to be at the forefront of curriculum development. Using the latest industry standard teaching equipment in our purpose built Academy, students will learn in an exciting and stimulating manner. The guiding principles that underpin our curriculum are designed to:

  • Develop the whole person to ensure that our students are prepared for life and employment in a complex and increasingly competitive modern world
  • Provide opportunities for the students to constantly surprise us with the scope and level of their achievements
  • Contribute towards a coherent 14-19 curriculum to meet the needs and aspirations of all of our students
  • Provide an appropriate and challenging curriculum to meet the needs and aspirations of all of our students
  • Provide excellent opportunities for learning especially in Business and Enterprise
  • Collaborate with other providers to develop flexible, integrated and innovative learning networks
  • Develop high levels of skill and understanding across a broad range of contexts
  • Ensure the development of responsible citizenship and employability
  • Provide support and guidance for students as individual learners
  • Provide opportunities for self reflection and the setting of targets to develop the key skill of improving their own learning and performance
  • Place emphasis on the key skills of application of number, literacy, communication, information technology, working with others and problem solving
  • Maximise the use of e-learning
  • Fully develop the use of equivalent, high quality academic and vocational pathways
  • Fully develop an enterprise related curriculum that includes relevant and challenging work experience opportunities
  • Encourage enterprise, innovation, teamwork, creativity and flexibility in every student
  • Motivate students to build their self respect and self esteem
  • Fully develop personal, daily living and social skills
  • Develop in students the ability to work independently and autonomously through the development of organisation and study skills
  • Encourage students to become actively involved in Academy and community life
  • Motivate students to become lifelong learners
  • Provide enrichment opportunities that encourage them to play a role in the local community and extend curriculum opportunities to develop leisure and recreational skills.


At the Academy we believe that:

  • Learning should be enjoyable as learning is more effective when it is fun.
  • The learning environment should provide all students with the opportunity to succeed
  • Students should be equipped with the necessary skills to help them to become independent and successful learners. These skills should be transferable and therefore key in assisting them to learn successfully throughout their lives.

The Modular Curriculum

Our students have their learning organised into six modules per year. These modules have very clear learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Students have input into how the learning takes place and therefore have a greater ownership of their learning.

At the beginning of each module students set themselves learning targets which they review at the end with their teachers. This ensures that our students are constantly reflecting on their learning and how they need to improve to reach the next step.

A student at workThinking Skills

Perhaps the single most important skill we can develop in students is the ability to think effectively as it is a skill that will serve them well throughout their lives. Indeed, these skills are the ones we apply most often in our daily life to help us to solve problems and find creative solutions to the challenges we face.

Independent Learning

Our main aim at the Academy is to ensure that students develop the necessary skills to be successful in their studies and in their lives. The most important thing is to ensure that students and teachers are aware of their own learning styles and intelligence strengths. By bringing the issue of how learning takes place to the attention of students we enable them to make informed choices about how best to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. The ability to choose how they learn gives students the independence to extend their learning on their own terms.

“People of all ages can learn virtually anything if allowed to do it through their own unique styles, their own personal strengths”
Barbara Prashing “The Power of Diversity”


The Academy advertises each year that it will accept applications from families within the local area.

The parent(s) of all applicants, including those with statements, complete a Common Application Form (CAF) obtained from their local LEA and return it to them by Friday 20 October 2006.

The CAF may also be completed on-line and this facility will remain open until the closing date for paper forms i.e. 20 October 2006. The facility is available through Bexley’s website at

The Academy will admit students representative of all levels of ability among applicants for admission to the Academy. The agreed admission number is 210 which cannot be exceeded. There were 440 preferences (first to sixth) for places in September 2006.

Where the number of applicants exceeds this figure, applications will be based on the use of banding. All applicants will be tested using NFER Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests and placed into ability bands. Where there are more children in each band than places, 23 or 24 children will be admitted from each band on the basis of the criteria set out below which will be applied in order:

  1. Students already attending the Primary Section of the Academy
  2. Students with statements of special educational needs where the Business Academy is named on the statement
  3. Looked after children (children in public care
  4. Siblings of students currently on roll at the Academy (Primary or Secondary) i.e. a natural brother or sister, or a half brother or sister, or legally adopted brother or sister; who will be living with them at the same address on the date of application to the Academy
  5. Children who live within the nearest radial distance (direct line distance between the applicant’s home to the Academy’s main entrance) to the Academy on the close of the published admissions application date

Where applications exceed places, a waiting list will operate and is maintained by the Academy.

Parents have the right to appeal. In such cases parents should forward their appeal in writing to the Clerk to the Governors, at the Academy address, within 14 days of hearing that their child has not been allocated a place. The Appeals Panel will then listen to the appeal.

The NVR tests will be held at the Academy during the week beginning Monday 27 November 2006.

The LEA will send out offers for places at the Academy on 1 March 2007.

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