December 2014

Dear Parent/Carer

End of term information

This has been a busy term at the school and we would like to pass on our thanks to all the students and parents who have supported all of the activities and fundraising that has taken place.  The Christmas Fayre was a big success raising over £2000 for charities.  The Parents Association have worked incredibly hard this year supporting us at all of our events and we would like to thank them and also to encourage more parents to join.

The students have been fantastic and their excellent manners and behaviour were recognised by OFSTED when they visited us earlier in the term.  We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to look at the website for news of other activities and upcoming events for next term, including the 6th form open evening on the 22nd January.

To ensure that we maintain the high standards of behaviour and uniform we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the student uniform expectations. Students are required to wear: a white shirt, blazer, house tie, grey school skirt/trousers for girls or grey school trousers for boys. Students may also wear an optional school jumper. In terms of footwear we require students to wear leather or leather style shoes. Boots, cloth shoes or trainers including leather trainers such as Vans or Converse are not acceptable.

Students should only wear natural looking make up and no nail varnish or facial piercings are allowed. Only stud earrings should be worn in the ears and hair should be of a natural colour.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of the school and hope that you enjoy the festive break and have a happy new year.

Yours sincerely


Neil Wells
Acting Vice Principal

End of term letter

The Governing Body at PACA is making an urgent statement for clarification.  Mr Fox has not been fired.  His contract has been ended by agreement and he will be leaving the school on 31st December 2014. He will remain on a leave of absence until that time. 

Zenna Atkins,  Chair of Governors

We would like to thank everyone for their patience and support this term whilst the investigation into the registration status of a small number of students at the school was underway. All parents were sent a letter today regarding this and a copy of this can be viewed by clicking on the link below. This investigation has now concluded and so, as promised, this letter provides a full explanation and update on the outcome.

Parent Update on Investigation Dec 2014


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On Wednesday 10th December Miss Austin, Jack Marriott and Maisie Starkey (Year 10 sports captains) were invited to Brighton Town Hall where they were presented with the Sainsbury’s Games Mark Bronze award by the Mayor.  This has been achieved through all of the interschool tournaments, lunch time and after school sports clubs as well as the numerous sports leagues, cups and tournaments in which PACA are involved in. Well done to all of the students who are committed to those clubs and teams, let’s start the hard work towards the silver award now!

Just a quick reminder that this year’s Christmas Show is on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tickets are still available to buy at reception and the show will start at 7pm on both nights.


For King and Country

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The Dance Academy students were lucky enough to visit the London Palladium last week to see the spectacular musical ‘CATS’.

“The theatre set and overall experience was captivating and totally set the scene for such a magical show. The students were drawn to the stage and marvelled at all the technical elements of the show. As a group we had a fantastic time and its was certainly a trip to remember!”

Amy Fitzgerald, Director of Dance



Just a little reminder that PACA’s annual Christmas Fayre will be held this Thursday 11th December. Join us for a mince pie, glass of mulled wine and a sing along to carols from 5pm to 8pm in the Hub and Oasis. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to hopefully seeing you there for some festive fun!


Human Rights Day 2014

On Wednesday 10th December, it is Human Rights Day, a day which is observed annually to mark the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Back in 1950 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 10th December as Human Rights Day in order to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the UDHR as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

The theme of the day this year is ‘Human Rights 365which encompasses the idea that every day of the year is a Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

Students at PACA have been commemorating the day in different ways. Year 7 have been finding out about Prisoners of Conscience and have been preparing Greetings Cards to send a message of hope and solidarity to a prisoner as part of Amnesty International’s yearly campaign. Year 8 have been learning about the UDHR and the implications of this through using their Amnesty ‘My Rights’ passports whilst Year 9’s have been looking at the plight of Child Soldiers around the world, discovering how and why this Human Rights abuse continues to prevail despite the UDHR. The day provides a focus for pupils and staff to reflect on the value of Individual Liberty and why this is held in such high regard in Britain.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy had its latest Ofsted inspection on the 13th and 14th of November. Ofsted have now produced the report, which can be found online at A letter with more details on the report has also been sent home to all parents.

Peter Marchant, Executive Director, would like to thank all the students and staff for the fantastic way in which they represented the school during the inspection, and to particularly thank all the parents who took the time to either meet with the inspectors or to fill in the questionnaire.

This month’s language is Gujarati at PACA. Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language native to the west Indian region of Gujarat. It is part of the greater Indo-European language family. Gujarati is descended from Old Gujarati, which is also the ancestor of modern Rajasthani. In India, it is the chief language in the state of Gujarat, as well as an official language in the union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Each month we focus on a new language at PACA and encourage students to learn the basics. Below is a Numeracy and Gujarati challenge so why not test yourself and have a go? There are prizes available so don’t forget to hand your form into your tutor once completed.

Gujarati Numbers