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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.




Boys sprint finish 2

This week’s Sports Day at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was a great success. The final standings for the inter-house competition were as follows:

  1. Delta
  2. Luna
  3. Dragon
  4. Victory


Record breakers in each year for the respective event were as follows:

Year 7

Lana Carey Shot Putt 6.57m
Joe Goodwin Javelin 16.50m
Emma Roberts Javelin 11.00m
Dylan Howard Long Jump 3.53m (joint record)


Year 8

Kayne Stoute Javelin 20.75m
Natasha Blissett Javelin 12.80m
Will Holding Long Jump 3.74m
Elisha Ryan Long Jump 3.90m
Martha Whitehouse-Eagle Shot Putt 8.24m
Delta Boys Relay 30.69s


Year 9

Luke Newington Javelin 25.10m
Keira Collins Keira Collins 8.71m
Liam Jenman Shot Putt 10.88m
Delta Boys Relay 28.28s


Year 10

Dragon Boys Relay 32.14s
Luna Girls Relay 34.28s


photo1   Cricket run out pic

On Thursday 1st May, 36 students in Year 8 and Year 9 competed in the UK Maths Individual Challenge, a competition to find the country’s top junior mathematicians! Only the best KS3 mathematicians managed to make it to this prestigious event, and the only the best of the best could make it to the next round.

Although no-one made it through, a few of the highest performing individuals received a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate. Charlie Glover in year 9 missed entry to the Junior Olympiad by one point, gaining a Gold Certificate. In second place came Guolin Yang followed closely by Allyshia Vallier and Inaya Chowdhury. In year 8, Reece Shepherd achieved the highest result gaining a Bronze and hot on his heels were Eve Murphy and Tyla Rich.

Mrs Smith is already looking for people to take part in the next maths challenges for KS3 and KS4, so if you like maths or think you are good at it, you may find yourself taking part in the next one! You may even represent PACA for the country!

Tyla Rich




Here are a selection of photos taken of PACA’s talented year 11 students’ work. These photos have been chosen to be exhibited at the Brighton Photography Biennial in October.

These particular photos were created by Lola-Mia Gurr, Ellie Golby, Vanessa Evans, Drew Hadlow-Norbury and Chelsie Henley. The girls made all their own props and backdrops and came up with the idea of the Royal family at a bbq for this Art@Work project they have been involved in since November.

The girls have also had the opportunity to work with outside artists and photographer’s and have visited a number of photographic exhibitions as part of the programme.





Check out last week’s scores and this week’s upcoming events and tournaments. There is also a sportsperson of the week and a summary of all the sports club happening at PACA.

Last week … 7th – 11th July

  • Year 8 ‘Super Six’ athletics team came 3rd in a city event!
  • 32 students attended an invitational event at Sussex cricket ground. Thanks to Mr Jones for organising.

This week … 14th – 18th July

  •      Sports Day!!

Friday 18th July

Athletics club on Thursday after school for anyone who wants to practice!

Sports person of the week … Ellie Descombes

Ellie has been a strong part of the athletics team this season, demonstrating her commitment with a win in the 100m this week!


PE, Sports & Dance Clubs

Lunch Time

3:15 – 4:15pm


KS3 Rounders

KS4 Rounders

KS3 Dance



KS3 Dance

KS3 Badminton

KS4 Badminton

Boys Cricket

Girls Rounders & Stool Ball


KS4 Dance

KS3 Basketball

KS4 Basketball


All Years Dance

All Years Squash

All Years Table Tennis

Inter-house competition


All Years Badminton Girls Cricket

All Years Athletics


KS3 Girls Cricket KS4 Dance





Dear Parents/Carers,

Last Day of Term

I am writing to inform you that the last day of term is on Wednesday 23rd July and the Academy will be closing at 12.10pm for all staff and students.

Thank you for all of your help and support with the students moving up to their next Academic Year.  We are really looking forward to another great set of results in the summer, and to welcoming our students back on Thursday 4th September.

  • Year 7 will arrive at 8.30am and go directly to their tutors.
  • Years 8 – 11 will arrive at 9.20am and go directly to their tutors.
  • Normal lessons will start P3, at 10.30am.
  • Years 12 and 13 will begin on Monday 8th September at 8.30am but interviews will take place on the 4-5th September by appointment only.  These will be sent separately.

Yours sincerely,
Mr J Fox
Academy Principal

The final version of the new SEND Code of Practice was released last week and is currently awaiting parliamentary approval.

In the meantime please click here to see a letter from Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, which largely explains some of the changes that will be taking place. The Aspiration Centre will be holding a coffee morning in September to inform parents and carers about the new legislation and what this will mean for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

I would like to invite parents and carers to be part of a working party to contribute to and participate in co-producing the Academy’s new SEND policy. If you are interested in being involved with this process, please contact me via e-mail at a.taylor@paca.uk.com by Wednesday 23rd July.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs A. Taylor

Forty six students from year 8 and 9 went to the Cuckmere Estuary and Seven Sisters cliffs.  The weather was sunny and the students were fantastic – everyone agreed it was a perfect way to spend a Monday!

Here is what a year 8 student said after the trip

It was brilliant! So much to see and I learned so much. My friends and I all agreed we felt a lot smarter afterwards.”




Please contact Student Services by email on f.burchell@paca.uk.com  by 18th July to claim an item. After that date any unclaimed items will be discarded.

  • Black quilted jacket Size M
  • PE Kit in Mickey Mouse patterned bag
  • Football Boots & canvas shoes in white PE kit bag
  • PE Kit with Size 6 Trainers in blue carrier bag
  • School jumper in Victory colours size 36
  • Blue Regatta jacket size 152
  • Boys school blazer size 31
  • Boys school blazer size 36s
  • Silver crucifix and chain
  • Silver stud earring
  • Key ring with cat motif and key
  • Silver Ring

Guolin Yang and Charlie Glover Festival winners

Ellie Clark and Rhianna I'Anson Festival winners

Attached are two photos of the Salters Chemistry Festival winners. Well done to the girls, Rhianna I’Anson and Ellie Clark, and boys, Guolin Yang and Charlie Glover who took part. They achieved second place in the most challenging ‘University Prize’ session. They beat teams from Brighton College, Hurstpierpoint College Prep School, Christ’s Hospital, Cardinal Newman and 10 other schools from around the south-east, coming behind only Lewes Priory. A fantastic achievement! Aside from the prestige and their own sense of pride, the students also won a set of Simulation Molecules for the School.