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If so, our sister company, PACA Adult Learning may be able to help! Thousands of people set up their own businesses every year. Some do it because they have a plausible idea and have found a gap in the market, others like the idea of working for themselves, and of course there are those that think they can make lots of money.

These are all good reasons for starting a business. Commitment, determination and motivation are vital to make your business a success. Although enthusiasm is important, good planning is a must. Without a good business plan you could struggle to make a go of it.

If you are thinking of starting your own business and want to turn your ideas into reality  then we have the right course for you. This new exciting course consists of 5 different sessions. You can join any individual session or you can sign up to all below 5 sessions and get 10% discount.

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  • Business Start Up Nuts and Bolts

    Whether you are embarking on a new business venture or would simply like to know what is involved in starting a new enterprise, this practical course will set you on the road to success. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of successful business practice, sound business planning and be given straightforward advice on entrepreneurship. The course highlights the key issues to be considered, from research, marketing & sales to finance and legal requirements.

    Date: Saturday 10th May 2014
    Time: 10.00 – 14.30
    Duration: 1 Day
    Fee: £69 (Refreshments and lunch are included)

    Apply Now!

  • Writing Your Business Plan

    Learn how to write a professional business plan on this practical course. You will learn the key essentials for a successful plan that has the elements funders look for and for achieving business goals and objectives. You will write your business plan and leave with a completed blueprint to work your business.

    Date: Saturday 17th May 2014 and 14th June 2014
    Time: 10.00 – 14.30
    Duration: 2 Days
    Fee: £138 (Refreshments and lunch are included.)

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  • How to Build a Website

    This will cover the fundamentals for building your website including choosing a domain name, web hosting, the correct framework, building your pages, and the basics of e-commerce. It will deliver an over-view of search engine optimisation and design considerations.

    Date: Saturday 21st June 2014
    Time: 10.00 – 14.30
    Duration: 1 Day
    Fee: £69 (Refreshments and lunch are included.)

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  • Business Networking and Marketing

     Explore the essential elements of a marketing plan, including email marketing, social media, press releases, advertising and essential networking to promote your business. This practical course will equip you with the tools to write a marketing plan for your business. Business networking will cover the differing groups, places and organisations that can help     get your business networked to forge beneficial business relationships. Learn the importance of your ‘elevator’ pitch, it’s essential components and the importance of presentation.

    Date: Saturday 12th July 2014
    Time: 10.00 – 14.30
    Duration: 1 Day
    Fee: £69 (Refreshments and lunch are included.)

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  • Effective Budgeting and Bookkeeping

    This course will cover the legalities of business finance, covering the principles in income and expenditure. Learn the basics of estimating profit and loss for a business, know the financial information that needs to be recorded, and understand the basic principles of cash flow and what online tools are available to keep your books accurate.

    Date: Saturday 19th July 2014
    Time: 10.00 – 14.30
    Duration: 1 Day
    Fee: £69 (Refreshments and lunch are included.

    Apply Now!

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Join us for an evening of song and dance this Thursday 3rd April from 6.30pm in the Main Hall as PACA’s Houses battle it out to win. Tickets are now available for £3 (£2 for concessions) on reception.

PACA has been taking part in the U13 county indoor cricket tournament and last Friday played in the final held at the Sussex County Cricket Club indoor school.

Congratulations to the whole team who are now the official champions of the Sussex Indoor U13s competition. Pupils that have taken part in the games to this point and some of who played in the final on Friday are:

Kyle Budd

Regan Dunk

Lewis Shepherd

William Holding

Guolin Yang

Oscar Pettit

Archie Kirk


One student, Lewis Shepherd, wrote the following commentary about the final match:

As we arrived at the County Ground, everyone seemed pretty relaxed about the exciting day ahead. Our team included Kyle Budd, Will Holding, Regan Dunk, Oscar Pettit, Archie Kirk and me, Lewis Shepherd.  Guolin Yang had played in the Brighton rounds of the competition but unfortunately had to miss the final. We had beaten three teams within Brighton with ease and so were quite confident heading into this final competition.

Two other schools took part and they were Forest from Horsham and Midhurst near Chichester. We had arrived early and were, therefore, able to get some practice in before our first game against a strong Forest team.

Despite Forest’s strength, our awesome bowling attack was too strong for them as we fielded first and restricted them to 28 runs. Myself and Will opened the batting and began a batting partnership that would last the whole competition using guile and soft hands to manoeuvre the ball into the gaps. We were able to get the score without losing a wicket.

 With confidence we then went on to play a Midhurst team that were attacking with the bat but sometimes a little wayward with the ball. Their attacking tactics however, did get them into some trouble as they lost wickets and runs quickly against another tight bowling performance. Kyle and Archie bowled particularly good overs to keep the score down and Regan kept especially well in this game, adjusting to the flight and bounce of the Yurbuds indoor school. Once again our opening batting pair did a fantastic job of knocking off the runs with ease.

 We then played both teams again, however both teams had adjusted and learnt from their previous games making it harder for us. Despite this we were quietly confident as we had won both of our opening games.

 Once again we started against Forest who ended up being our main rivals. We set a huge score of 64. Once again the opening pair put on a lot of runs with Regan and Oscar adding some towards the end. However they batted a lot better and we let our concentration slip meaning that they needed only three from the last over. Oscar bowled extremely well picking up a couple of wickets along the way. The Forest batsman panicked and with only one run needed from the last ball Kyle stopped a strong shot with his foot and then ran their batsman out. A TIE!!!

A rejuventated Forest team then went on to complete a win against the lowly Midhurst, meaning that we had to win our final game against Midhurst in order to win the competition.

After an extremely poor start to the game we steadied the ship and were on the way to victory. In the end we won by 50 runs meaning that we were the best indoor cricket team in Sussex!

Midhurst were a good bowling side and Forest were a strong batting unit but no match for PACA. PACA had previously lost every game last year but under the guidance of Mr Jones they had become invincible!!



Last Friday, the Year 11′s challenged staff to a netball match to raise money for Sport Relief 2014. Held at lunch-time, all students donated 30p to watch the teachers triumph over students. Check out a couple of the pictures below.



The Year 9′s at PACA have been attending workshops delivered by degree students from Brighton University.  They have been exploring a range of printing methods using our new press print, which has kindly been donated to the school by the University. So far they have been creating outstanding art work using dry point etching and mono printing techniques.



Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, the National Union of Teachers is planning to strike on Wednesday the 26th of March 2014. This is a day of national action and schools will close across England and Wales as a result.
Unfortunately, we will not have a full cohort of teachers at the Academy on this day and will therefore have no option but to close the school to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

However, we feel it is essential that we continue to provide support for our year 11 and sixth form students who are about to embark on their busy exam period. As such we will open the Academy for these students on Wednesday 26th March.

If you would like to know more about the reasons for the industrial action you are able to visit the NUT website.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr J Fox
Academy Principal

Dear Parents,

As you may be aware, the National Union of Teachers is planning to strike on Wednesday the 26th of March 2014. As a result this means that, unfortunately, we will not have a full cohort of teachers at the Academy on this day and will therefore not be open to the majority of our students.
However, we feel it is essential that we continue to provide support for our year 11 and sixth form students who are about to embark on their busy exam period. As such we will open the Academy for these students on Wednesday 26th March.

We have organised three bespoke sessions throughout the morning for Name. Each session will be supported by: the Senior Leadership Team; teachers who are not on strike and support staff who are not part of this union. The sessions will focus on the core subjects and will run from 9:30 through to 12:30 with short breaks in between. We will be providing snacks and refreshments throughout the morning for all students in attendance.

Whilst we do not expect students to wear Academy uniform, we do expect them to wear appropriate, casual clothing. In addition our expectations for behaviour remain the same as on any other teaching day.

If you do have any further questions please do not hesitate.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr J Fox
Academy Principal

Last Thursday, Key Stage 4 students from PACA performed their routine for Let’s Dance 2014 at the Brighton Dome. Check out the pictures taken on the evening.

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Poster for Chinese Club

Fancy trying Tai Chi or learning Mandarin and more about Chinese culture?

Join our new Chinese Club on a Wednesday lunch time or on a Thursday after school, starting this week on 19th March.

  • Thursdays after school, 3-4pm in room D4 (40) (Top of maths, near the ICT office)
  • Wednesday lunchtime 12.10 – 12.45 in room D4


At Chinese Club you can:

  • Learn how to speak Mandarin
  • Learn Tai Chi
  • Learn about Chinese Culture


Chinese Club is open to students, parents and teachers. For more information, contact Kai on p.hou@paca.uk.com

This week is National Science and Engineering Week and in line with our Science specialism students across the school will be celebrating by doing lots of different activities designed to get them thinking about future possibilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors.

Students’ across all year groups will be taking part in a range of different activities during Tutor Time designed to stimulate their interest in Science based careers. Year 7, for example, will be finding out how many different Science related jobs contribute to day to day life from breakfast through to cleaning their teeth for bed at night. Year 8 students are going to be involved in The Big Energy project in conjunction with EDF energy which involves designing a campaign to tackle energy wastage and will also be visiting the Big Bang Observatory in Hurstmonceux! Year 9 students will be exploring issues around gender equality in the workplace by analysing a range of statistics drawn from the STEM sector. Year 10 will be finding out more about different careers using Maths as part of their Careers Tutor Time in a ‘Maths What’s My Line’ activity and Year 11 will be playing ‘STEM Speed Dating’ where they have to match up exciting scientific inventions and discoveries against an Innovations Timeline. Meanwhile students from the Sixth Form are going to be equally busy getting out and about as Year 12 are going to visit Gatwick Airport as part of the Big Picture project and Year 13 will be travelling to London to attend a Science Revision Conference. There will also be an Inter-House Science competition, Science assemblies and lots more!

All this just in one week but there is more to come! Keep an eye out for the new Science Club which will start soon after the Easter Holidays – please speak to Mr Price if you are interested. Also some PACA students are going to be working towards the CREST Awards run by STEM Sussex which will involve establishing a ‘Community Garden’ in the grounds of some of our feeder primary schools! All very exciting stuff.