We hope you’ve had a good summer and are ready for the new school year ahead.

Here are the back to school dates and times for this week:

Year 7 return on Friday 4th Sept 8.30am

Year 12 enrolment is on Friday 4th Sept 8.30am-1pm

Year 13 enrolment is on Friday 4th Sept 1pm-3.15pm. Individual appointment letters have been sent out.

All students return on Monday 7th September -8.30am

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students this week and to seeing you all next Monday.

For more information, please see the attached letter:

New term information

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is over the moon with the release of their GCSE results which are the best that the Academy has ever seen. With 60% overall of students gaining 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths and English, Peter Marchant, Interim Principal, said “I am extremely proud of both our students and teaching staff who have worked incredibly hard this year to achieve this fantastic improvement in academic achievement”.

Breaking into the detail, 78% of our students achieved A*-C grades in English maintaining our excellent results in this subject. 84% of our students made expected progress in English with 20% achieving better than expected progress.  For Maths, 68% of our students achieved A*-C grades and 71% made expected progress with 25% obtaining better than expected progress.

Some notable achievements include Daisy Holland who obtained nine A*-A grades including six A* and three A grades, Eva Lloyd-Ghale who secured nine A*-C grades with two A* and seven A grades and Phoebe Palmer who achieved nine A*-C grades, eight of which were A grades.

The governing body are also very proud of the overall result. Zenna Atkins, the Chair of Governors, commented “We are delighted with the number of A and A* grades and would like to congratulate the pupils and staff for this fantastic achievement”.

Many of PACA’s students will now stay on for Sixth Form, some choosing the new Brighton Digital Media Academy at PACA starting in September for post 16 study.


13th August 2015 – Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is delighted with the release of their A Level results today that sees a rise in both the overall pass rate and A*-B rate. The combined A2 and equivalent pass rate is 99%, an improvement from last year and the A*-B is 55%, an impressive 26% increase on last year’s results. For those students with three A2 or equivalent entries 96% achieved 3+ A*-E grades.

There were some notable achievements across both BTEC and A Level results. All students who took BTEC Double Sport secured an impressive double distinction. One student, Kurtis Browning, secured a double distinction in Sport and Business and is now going on to Southampton University. At A Level, 100% of students in Chemistry got high grades (A*-B) and Ocean Ellis achieved two A grades and a C in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Peter Marchant, Interim Principal, said “I am extremely proud of both our students and teaching staff who have worked hard this year to improve the level of achievement in Sixth Form”.

Zenna Atkins, the Chair of Governors, commented “We are delighted with the Sixth Form students’ results and would like to congratulate all the students and staff for their hard work. With the appointment of Katie Scott as Principal, we look forward to PACA’s Sixth Form going from strength to strength in the next academic year”.


PACA hosted St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Sports Day on 30th June. A very successful day was had by all and we even got a mention in their newsletter below.

“Many parents also commented on the brilliant Sports Leaders from PACA who helped throughout the day. They praised their enthusiasm and their kind nature with the children. We are very grateful to PACA for letting us hold this event at their school and allowing us to use their brilliant facilities.’

St Mary's Newsletter July 2015

Check out all the latest news below from PACA’s fantastic STEM Centre.

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Please note the dates below for exam results in August

Thurs 13th Aug for A Level & Level 3 courses

Thurs 20th Aug for GCSE & Level 2 courses

Both will be held in the Hub 10am – 12noon.

At the recent Big Bang Show, PACA was delighted to win the Coast to Capital “STEM Club of the Year” award. All of the students were fantastic in showcasing their STEM projects but it was the Natural Cosmetic Beauty Range Project that impressed the judges the most. The enthusiasm of the students also shone through. The Big Bang is the biggest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK and is designed to bring science and engineering to life for young people.

PACA also won the Gatwick Airport Electronics Prize for the 3D Periodic Table project. This project reached the TeenTech Grand Final and PACA came a very close second. 

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On Thursday 9th July, the PE department hosted PACA’s first Sports Awards evening to celebrate the sporting success of our students this academic year. Over 200 students, family members and friends attended the event which rewarded those that have represented PACA in a variety of teams and have shown commitment, improvement and enthusiasm for sport. The evening was a roaring success and saw over 60 students from Year 7 to Year 13 receiving medals, trophies and certificates. Thank you to all those that attended and congratulations to the winners and all those that have participated this year!

Sports Awards Evening

Parents and Carers, please note the Principal’s end of term letter , also available on the letters home page

8th July 2015 – End Of Term Letter

The below letter from Brighton and Hove Council outlines some changes regarding School Attendance.

School Attendance Letter June 2015

DFE research suggests that if a student’s attendance improves by 1%, attainment improves by 5-6%. Therefore, in order to support excellent attendance across the City, Brighton & Hove City Council has revised the Code of Conduct. The revised document is an important part of a range of strategies and policies we use to support excellent attendance and attainment for students.

In Brighton & Hove we aim to ensure that all pupils attend school all of the time and our commitment is to promote excellent school attendance.  We know that this is a priority for all schools.  Pupils who attend school all of the time are more likely to positively develop academically and socially, improving their life chances.  Schools will be using various strategies to support students and families and working together to raise attendance. Where a need for an external support agency is identified, it will be discussed with families and appropriate referrals will be made.