Business Academy Bexley
|Motto||"No goal is beyond our reach"|
|Type||Academy, primary and secondary|
|DfE URN||133769 Tables|
The Business Academy Bexley is a school for ages 3–19 in South Thamesmead, the London Borough of Bexley, England, operating under the Academy programme for schools which are independently run but receive public funding. The secondary school opened in 2002, and relocated to dedicated premises in September 2003, while the primary school section opened in 2004. As of 2007 the total enrollment was 1,477.
The school was constructed on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) site at a cost of £31m. Architect Norman Foster designed the building, which was nominated for the 2004 Stirling Prize, and some parts have been compared to "a smart City office". The main private sponsor is property developer David Garrard, chairman of the Minerva group, who donated £2 million.
However the Academy didn't make the progress expected and by 2007 was languishing at the bottom of the School League tables for Bexley. In 2008 GCSE results and value added placed it ahead of a number of other non-selective schools in Bexley.
On September 25, 2011, The Business Academy Bexley was featured on Channel 4's programme 'Derren Brown: How to be a Psychic Spy'.
- "2007 Ofsted report". Ofsted.
- Morris, Steven (July 9, 2004). "Schools fear fallout from local academy". London: The Guardian. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- Nicholas Pyke (May 5, 2002). "School seeks to attract staff with low-rent homes". London: The Observer.
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