Note to all Parents, Carers and students. Please see the attached lost property list. If anything is yours, please collect this from Student Services before 13th July 2015

Lost Property List


Check out all the pictures taken at last Friday’s Prom for Year 11 students. This fun filled event was held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

This Sunday, 21st June, The Aldridge Dance Academy are doing a sponsored dance from Worthing Pier to Brighton Pier to raise money for the trip of a lifetime. The students are working extremely hard to raise £35,000 to embark on a trip to the Big Apple starting by dancing 16.5km to help towards help towards covering the cost of the 3,500 miles to Broadway!

In New York, students will have the chance to experience first hand teaching from some of the most creative and talented performers on Broadway, watch the fantastic show ‘WICKED’ as well as bringing out their sporty side whilst watching a live Basketball Game. They will get to see incredible views as they make their way up the Empire State, visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum building on their knowledge and understanding of this historical event. This will all be finished off with some outlet shopping and great food.

Want to support us in our first fundraising event? Contact amy.fitzgerald@paca.uk.com for more information on how to contribute.

Dance Academy New York Poster

Please see attached information about an open evening for a range of services that may be of interest to parents of young people within Brighton & Hove.

R U OK? Poster

PACA was delighted to be awarded Charity Achievement of the Year in The Argus Youth in Action Awards, held yesterday at Sussex Cricket Ground. After being shortlisted to three, the Argus chose the Academy due to the record-breaking number of nominations they received for PACA for this category. Having raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities from Macmillan’s UK work in cancer research to the city’s Martlet Hospice, the Social Action Committee were a deserved winner ahead of the competition that included Mary’s Meals at Cardinal Newman and Brighton and Hove Pupil Referral Unit.

PACA’s Dean Flynn was also highly commended in the Teacher of the Year category. This was in recognition not only of his work as a English and Drama teacher but in setting up and overseeing PACA’s Social Action Committee.

Congratulations to everyone who helped PACA in winning these awards and also well done to our sister school BACA who picked up a handful of awards.




PACA is supporting national Refugee Week this week which is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.  The city of Brighton and Hove is in the last stages of officially becoming A CITY OF SANCTUARY, the aim of which is to have a community that celebrates the contribution of those that have come here for safety. Brighton and Hove hopes to reduce isolation, fear, and exclusion that many refugees and asylum seekers face. Follow this link to find out more:  http://brighton-and-hove.cityofsanctuary.org/

At PACA pupils in all year groups will be carrying out activities which will help to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes which exist around refugee’s and will be finding out what it is really like seeking asylum in a strange country, as well as discovering that some notable people in the public eye, came here as asylum seekers and have since made significant contributions to life in the UK which should be celebrated.

To find out more follow this link http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk/News/News/The+hidden+history+of+refugee+artists

Read the experience of one young man who had to flee his own country as a child and make his way in the world alone and as an asylum seeker. The British Red Cross have created this on line ‘comic’ or picture book to tell his story: http://webapps.redcross.org.uk/RefugeeWeekComic/

Parents and Carers of students in Brighton & Hove Schools are invited to come and see Chelsea’s Choice, a theatre in education production about sexual exploitation at Dorothy Stringer School at 7pm on the 9th July. There will be post-performance discussion and the event will end at 8.30pm. This will enable parents and carers to see the play that has been toured around all Brighton & Hove secondary schools and will support you to fully understand the issue of sexual exploitation.

Alumni Launch Carousel

If you are ex-pupil of PACA, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy or any other guise of the school, join us for a fun evening of wine, cheese and reliving old memories! The event will be taking place between 6 and 8pm on Monday 15th June. Sir Rod Aldridge, our co-sponsor and a former pupil will be attending and catching up with his class of 1964! Check out one of their pictures below.


Our fantastic art department have been working along side some year 11 pupils to create some amazing pieces. The below Queens BBQ artwork was displayed with pride of place in Jubilee square, Brighton during the internationally renowned Photography festival.

The students have been working very closely with art practitioners from around the city, organised by the Art at work project. The Royal BBQ picture has now been included in the Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour. This fantastic tour starts at the turner contemporary in June and will then travel on around the country! For more information, visit their site here.

The royal BBQ Art at work

The royal BBQ Art at work



The Governors at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy are delighted to announce that Katie Scott has been appointed as the new Principal at PACA. Katie underwent a thorough and exhaustive selection process in which she was tested against both potential substantive and interim heads. In particular, her passion for the Academy, commitment to education and student focus shone through. I have since visited her in her current school and was genuinely impressed with the work she has led there.

Katie will start in September, but plans to spend time at PACA this half term getting to know the Academy better and familiarising herself with students and staff. We hope she will also get a chance to get to know some of you before next term. After being a member of senior leadership teams in London and Sussex for the last ten years, Katie is keen to learn about what is working well at PACA and what we still have to do. She will also be visiting and starting to build relationships with the local primary schools.

Katie will provide stability to PACA and, as a Brighton resident, is keen to see a successful PACA playing a key part in Brighton’s education system.

Katie asked me to pass this message on to you, ‘I am tremendously excited to join PACA as Principal. I am very much looking forward to working with the young people of Portslade, and their families, to create the outstanding school that they deserve. I consider it a privilege and an honour to be given the opportunity to contribute to the city I love.’

The Parents’ Association at PACA and Parent Governors were directly involved in the appointment of Ms Scott and, aside from her impressive educational credentials, found her to be a warm and caring individual. They also regarded Katie as someone who is clearly very committed to the children of Portslade and to providing them with an outstanding education in a safe, caring and nurturing school.