When students apply for universities or work they are expected to offer more than purely academic skills. At PACA all Sixth Formers undertake an enrichment programme where part of their week is spent either on work experience, working on a special skill, or carrying out entrepreneurship or community based activities.
This might include working with a local primary school, getting involved with a local business or helping out at a local charity. Students gain useful skills and learning for their CV and give something back to the local community at the same time.
Words on Wheels
The photo on this page shows a mobile bookshop Sixth Formers built during enrichment for Mile Oak Primary. Words on Wheels is now a successful mobile bookshop business selling pre loved and unwanted books. At the same time another group of Sixth Formers spent one afternoon a week working with the primary children to improve their reading skills and all were presented with Outstanding Young Citizen Awards by the Rotary Club, handed out by the Sheriff of Brighton.
Volunteering in a Costa Rican Orphanage
In recent year, a group of PACA Sixth Formers were fortunate enough to go to Costa Rica. Volunteering at a local orphanage, they helped with both renovating the facilities and supporting the children with their English classes.
South African Cricket Tour
Last February, The Aldridge Cricket Academy students went on tour to South Africa, having raised the funds themselves to cover this once in a lifetime trip. This was through events ranging from a charity dinner to cake sales and car washing outside school. Between matches they were able to take in the sights of South Africa including Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula. They were extremely moved by their visit to Robben Island and coaching young childen in the Fisantekraal Township.