Business Academy Bexley

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The Business Academy Bexley
Motto "No goal is beyond our reach"
Established 2002
Type Academy, primary and secondary
Location Erith
DA18 4DW
DfE number 303/6905
DfE URN 133769 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1477
Gender Both
Ages 3-19+

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

The secondary school was established as a City Academy 2002, under the sponsorship of 3E's Enterprises (later acquired by GEMS Education),[1] [2] and property developer David Garrard, chairman of the Minerva group, who donated £2 million.[3]

The school relocated to dedicated premises in September 2003 and the primary school section opened in 2004. As of 2007 the total enrollment was 1,477.[4]

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".[5]

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'.

The school was placed into special measures during an Ofsted inspection on 11th and 12th May 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Academy opens doors to the future". BBC Website. BBC. 10 Sep 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Print article Save to favourites Bookmark and Share article icon Private giant buys into state sector". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Nicholas Pyke (May 5, 2002). "School seeks to attract staff with low-rent homes". London: The Observer. 
  4. ^ "2007 Ofsted report". Ofsted. 
  5. ^ Morris, Steven (July 9, 2004). "Schools fear fallout from local academy". London: The Guardian. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Business Academy Bexley placed in Special Measures after a challenging time - News Articles - The Business Academy Bexley". Retrieved 2016-08-09. 

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Coordinates: 51°29′45″N 0°08′07″E / 51.4958°N 0.1353°E / 51.4958; 0.1353