This year’s Hove Business Awards will be hosted at PACA on the Thursday 25th June. Recognising the Academy’s emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills in all its students, this partnership made sense. Ten Sixth Form students will be planning and overssing the event as part of their Business Studies course.


Don’t forget that this year’s PACA’s Got Talent contest will be held this Friday at 2pm. Tickets cost 50p and all proceeds will go to charity. There is even a rock boy band called Symmetry judging the winner!

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Whilst most of us in Brighton and Hove were left feeling a little disappointed by the total solar eclipse last Friday 20th March, due to the overcast weather, one teacher at PACA managed to perfectly capture footage of it. Check out Mr May’s photo below:


This week is all about Dance at PACA! Fancy getting involved? Why not check out Let’s Dance 2015 at the Brighton Dome tomorrow night or come to the Aldridge Dance Show at PACA this Saturday night.

1. Let’s Dance 2015

Let’s Dance is a celebration of schools and youth dance from Brighton and Hove. 78 schools, groups, universities and colleges take to the Dome stage every year.


2. The Aldridge Dance Show 2015

Join for our annual dance show that promises not to disappoint!

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The University of Sussex will be hosting a Mini School Direct and PGCE Drop in Information Event next week on campus for an aspiring teachers. To find out more download School Direct recruitment event poster

Details are as follows:

Wednesday 25th March

1.00-2.00pm Jubilee G31 

5.30-7.30pm Jubilee Foyer

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If this sounds like you, then check out the exciting opportunity below.


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The 23 Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) students from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy returned from their Tour to South Africa at the end of February having won 6 of 8 matches. The cricketers spent eight days in South Africa improving cricketing skills through playing local teams in pitch and climate conditions that are significantly different to those in England. The students also learnt about the country’s culture through visiting significant sites and coaching local children. The trip was a unique venture by the two schools as tours of this magnitude are normally only afforded to independent school students. For some of the travelling party this was their first ever trip abroad so it was certainly a life changing experience for them all.

During the tour the squad’s first and second teams impressed coaches with their successful record of wins. They gained experience playing on overseas pitches which improved their focus, technical awareness and ability to quickly adapt. The players are proud of how they worked together and their ability to stay focussed to secure wins. According to year 12 student Tom Haynes one of their best cricket experiences “was beating Belville in the second game on tour. We were bowled out for 109 in a 40 over game; we left Belville with this small target to chase and managed to bowl them out for 85. Overall it was an extremely good team effort especially taking the last 6 wickets in 6 overs with 4 being direct hit run outs”.

The Tour was a valuable learning experience as it pushed the student’s sporting boundaries; Tara Norris, year 12 student who participated in the England Woman’s U-19 pace bowling camp in South Africa just before this tour, said “I learnt to make the most of every opportunity and to be pushed outside my comfort zone as great things happened when I did this. If I have confidence in myself and don’t overthink things I perform better and am more relaxed.”

The players were inspired by the attitude of the teams they played against and their enthusiasm for the sport. Dale Hunt, year 13 and second team captain, said “It was a privilege to play alongside these competitors and it made me realise that regardless of what equipment you have, you play cricket for the enjoyment and the team spirit.”

The students also had the opportunity to experience South Africa’s culture through exploring the local area as they visited sites including; Table Mountain, Sahara Park Newlands Cricket Ground, Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve, and the Cape Peninsula. A couple of experiences stood out for many of the players; “Robben Island shocked me with the conditions Nelson Mandela had to stay in and how someone is able to come out of a place like that with no hatred or anger is inspirational.” said Tom Haynes, and coaching children at the Fisantekrall Township was “such an emotional experience which will remind me every day how grateful I am for everything I have” said Tara Norris. The students also enjoyed experiencing South Africa’s culture through an evening drumming session and trying unique dishes such as ostrich samosas and springbok stew.

Overall the ACA students found the Tour to be an unforgettable experience and they appreciate how it helped them unite as a team. Dale Hunt said “I am truly proud of the effort and determination shown by all my players. They were respectful, honest, hard-working and proud to be a part of the Aldridge Cricket Academy.” Paige Jordan-Evans, year 12, added “The way the team worked together and looked after each other won’t be forgotten.”

More information can be found on the ACA Tour website, which was designed and developed by one of the team members – http://www.aldridgesportsacademytours.co.uk/ and on twitter – @ACATour.

The Aldridge Cricket Academy programme enables students aged 16-19 to develop their cricket skills alongside their academic qualifications. Applications are open for September 2015. To find out more please contact the Director of the Aldridge Cricket Academy, Alexia Walker at A.Walker@paca.uk.com.

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„PACA students Nathan Funnell, Danny Potter, Leah Chaston and Jake Howard visited the Lost Cats Brighton charity to show their support, accompanied by Ms Durham and Mrs Thurston.

The students did a fantastic job in collecting:

  • „140 sachets of food
  • „6 large boxes of dried food
  • „12 cans
  • „A few treats


The charity are currently looking after about 50 cats so with each cat eating about 2 sachets of food per day, all donations are gratefully received.  Show your support if you can by donating:

  • Food, sachets and cat biscuits
  • Bedding – blankets etc
  • Toys and play equipment
  • Money towards food and vet bills


For more information, please visit www.lostcatsbrighton.org.uk




Zach Parker, Jacob Woodford and Jack Marriot have all received a Bronze Certificate after taking part in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenge Competition. To receive a Bronze Certificate, these pupils must have been in the top 40% of students nationally!

Keira Newsom, Luke Berry, Ryan Early were also selected to compete and should be congratulated for their performance. All three gained very respectable scores but did not qualify for a Certificate.

Try these two sample questions from this year’s challenge!

  1. The total weight of a box, 20 plates and 30 cups is 4.8 kg. The total weight of the box, 40     plates and 50 cups is 8.4 kg. What is the total weight of the box, 10 plates and 20 cups?
    A 3 kg    B 3.2 kg    C 3.6 kg    D 4 kg    E 4.2 kg
  2. Three different positive integers have a mean of 7. What is the largest positive integer   that could be one of them?
    A 15    B 16    C 17    D 18    E 19

Charlie Glover (yr9),  Dylan Howard (yr8),  Erica Lin (yr8) and Guo-Lin Yang (Yr9) put in a fine performance in the regional heat against twenty four Schools in the ‘United Kingdom Maths Trust Team Challenge’ at Lancing College last Friday 27th February.

Final scores placed us in a respectable 13th Position with Lancing College taking first position. Activities on the day were particularly challenging and involved the use of logic, articulation, mathematical knowledge and team work skills to solve complex problems. More information regarding the event with sample questions can be found following the link http://www.ukmt.org.uk/team-challenges/team-challenge/  . If you think you think you’ve got what it takes, have a go! Here are two sample questions for you to try!


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2.  A small ink cartridge has enough ink to print 600 pages. Three small cartridges can print as many pages as two medium cartridges. Three medium cartridges can print as many pages as two large cartridges. How many pages can be printed using a large cartridge?

A 1200    B 1350    C 1800    D 2400    E 5400