Last week … 15th-19th September

  • A fantastic turn out at all extra-curricular activities, with nearly 100 students attending over 4 days of clubs!
  • The Year 11 football team beat Bedales School 3-2 in the first round of the National Cup! Well done in particular to Owyn Harvey and Tom Caplin for their goals.


This week … 22nd-26th September

  • Wednesday – Year 12 Boys Football (away)
  • Wednesday – Year 7 Boys Football (home)
  • Thursday – Year 11 Boys Football (home)
  • See attached the extra-curricular clubs timetable to see how you can be involved in PE and sport at PACA.
  • House Sports Captains application forms will be going out this week. More information to be given in house assemblies.


PE, Sports & Dance Clubs 

Lunch Time Clubs

3:15 – 4:15pm



KS3 Dance   (contemporary) (AFD)KS3 Astro   (SAI)KS4 GCSE PE Club   (CAN) All Years   Dance (AFD/NWN)Year 7 &   8 Boys Football Training (JAS)Year 10   & 11 Football Training (ABN)



KS3 Dance   (street) (AFD)KS3 Astro   (ERD)KS4 Astro   (ERD) Girls   Fitness Club (ERD)Year 7, 8   & 9 Girls Football (CAN)



KS3/4   Interhouse (ERD/MJS)KS3 Astro   (CAN)KS4 Dance   (AFD) Boys Cricket   Training (MJS)Year 7 &   8 Netball (NWN)



KS3 Astro   (MJS)KS4 Astro   (ERD)  Year 9   Football Training (JPS)Year 9, 10   & 11 Netball (ERD)Boys Rugby   Club (MJS)




KS3 Cricket   (MJS)KS3 Astro   (CDN)KS4 Dance   (musicals) (AFD) KS4 Dance   (contemporary) (AFD)Girls   Cricket Training (MJS)

v Theory intervention Tuesday & Wednesday (check with class teacher)



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Film Club is held every Monday lunchtime and this month’s film is the visually stunning Life of Pi. Everyone that joins also get their very own FILMCLUB lanyard!


PACA is supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. Last year’s event was a great success so please support all those affected by cancer again this Friday 26th September.

This will be for Year 7 students and parents and members of staff. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Dean Flynn. Members of the Social Action Committee will also be helping.



As you may be aware Apple released the iOS 8 software update yesterday evening, this update is available to all iPhone and iPad users and we expect that some parents will be upgrading to this latest version soon.

Due to a change introduced by Apple in the update, any parents that upgrade to iOS 8 will need to do one of the following:

For parents linked to one student only:

After upgrading to iOS 8, launch the School Gateway App and log back in to continue receiving messages.

For parents linked to more than one student:

After upgrading to iOS 8, delete and reinstall the School Gateway App from the App Store. Once installed, log back in to continue to receive messages.

We have sent an automated message to parents who are currently on iOS 7 to let them know what they need to do after upgrading.

We hope that this won’t cause a major issue for you but if you have any concerns, please do get in touch.

This Thursday is Meet the Tutor evening at PACA from 4.30 – 7pm. Please don’t forget to send back your appointment sheet.

Anna Taylor will also be presenting in the Hall, at 5.30pm and 6.30pm and teas and coffees will be served in the Café.

The Governing Body is informing parents, students and staff today that Mr. James Fox is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of an investigation into the registration status of a small number of students at PACA. This action does not prejudice the outcome of the investigation and is a neutral act.

As the investigation is ongoing we cannot prejudice the outcome by saying more about it at this stage. We want to conclude the investigation as soon as possible and while we are not able to give exact timings as to the likely conclusion date at this stage, we will do so as soon as this is possible.

Students’ education is the prime concern of the governors and staff at PACA. All steps are being put in place to ensure that students’ learning is unaffected by this. Our sponsors, the Aldridge Foundation, have helped to arrange that Mr. Brendan Loughran, a very experienced Principal from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, will support the Senior Leadership Team and teachers in Mr. Fox’s absence, and will be in the Academy on agreed days during this period.


Check out this term’s new sports and dance clubs timetable.

Extra curricular term 1 2014 - 2015


At PACA we recognise the challenges of growing up and making positive and healthy decisions about relationships.  As an integral part of our PSHE curriculum, students are made aware of confidential sources of information and support. These confidential sources of help include helplines, websites, local young person’s advice centres and local sexual health services. This aims to empower young people to access support services, including sexual health advice and treatment if they require it.

As part of the PSHE programme, we will be offering sessions on local support services and the National Chlamydia Screening Programme in Partnership with our local NHS Provider, Sussex Community Trust.  This is provided as part of wider education supporting students to look after their health and develop positive skills and attitudes related to accessing services. The programme has a focus on healthy relationships as a context for teaching about Sexual Health and Wellbeing and the sessions are delivered informally, with humour but with a serious message; to be aware of the health risks associated with sexual activity, how to prevent these and how to access Sexual Health Services when they need them.

As part of the session all learners are offered the opportunity (no one is made to do it) to do a Chlamydia test during the lesson in an effort to normalise taking a Chlamydia test. It is not anticipated that a great number of these will return a positive result, it is more an exercise to demonstrate how easy and painless doing one is and to reinforce in their minds how and where they can do the test should they need to in the future.

Most young people do not become sexually active before the age of 16 and all sessions will be delivered within a framework of normative approaches, reminding young people that the legal age of consent for sexual activity in the UK is 16 and encouraging students to explore attitudes surrounding peer pressure, media influence and making positive decisions about relationships. Research shows that this type of provision does not encourage sexual activity. The purpose of this programme is to support young people to start making healthy choices around their health, understand what to expect from screening and help them to engage with local health services, in a supportive environment.

We would like to share responsibility with parents/carers in the delivery of relationship and sex education. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationship education provided at school except for those parts included in the statutory Science National Curriculum. Parents and carers who wish to exercise this right can contact the PSHE and Progression Manager, Nicola Lombardo.

Key Facts

  • Chlamydia is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in the under 25 age group.
  • It is estimated the 1 in 10 sexually active young people nationally and up to 1 in 8 sexually active young people locally will have the Chlamydia infection
  • Chlamydia is often asymptomatic. 70% of females and 50% of males with the infection will show no signs or symptoms.
  • If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious and painful complications including infertility, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Ectopic pregnancies
  • Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics


We have three evening events on Thursday 18th September from 4.30pm-7.30pm.

‘Meet the Tutor’ evening

The purpose of the evening is for parents and guardians to meet their child’s tutor and to raise any concerns that they may have. There will be an additional opportunity to meet subject teachers later in the year.

Sixth Form evening

The purpose of the evening is for parents and guardians to have the opportunity to meet the key members of staff responsible for supporting their child through their time in the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy Sixth Form and beyond.

Core GCSE Evening

The purpose of the evening is for parent and guardians to: understand the requirements for studying Science, English and maths at GCSE; to meet the core subject teachers and to receive help and guidance to support their child through their exams. Mr Uddin, the Head of Year 11 and Mr Brading, the Head of Year 10 will also be available to discuss any pastoral issues.

Please click on the following letters from the principal for more information.

Core Subject Evening
Meet the tutor Evening
Sixth Form Evening



Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is delighted with the release today of their GCSE results that exceeded the national average in the key subjects of English and Maths. 77% of PACA  students achieved an A*-C in GCSE English against the national average of 61.7% and 69.3% gained an A*-C in GCSE Maths against 62.4% nationally.

With 53% overall of students gaining 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths and English,  James Fox said “I am extremely proud of both our students and teaching staff who have worked hard this year to keep up the improvement in academic standards that we have made at the Academy”.

After being named in the top 10 improved schools in the country in 2013 due to a 21% rise in GCSE results, with 60% students gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths in 2013 up from 39% in 2012, this year’s results show last year’s  achievement was far from a one off.

The governing body are also very proud of the hard work by students and teachers this year and are extremely pleased of their headline results in Maths and English. They will continue to make rigorous improvements to ensure this picture continues. Zenna Atkins, the Chair of Governors, commented “We are delighted with the number of A and A* grades and would particularly like to congratulate Megan Woodford who achieved 6 A*s, 2 As and 1 B and Chloe Cook who secured 7 A*s and 2 As”.

Many of PACA’s students will now stay on for Sixth Form, some choosing the new Academies starting in September in Science, Dance and Football for post 16 study.