Moving to a new school is exciting but it is also natural to feel some nervousness. We will do everything we can to help you feel settled and happy at PACA.
We have an extensive transition programme with primary schools so by the time students join PACA we hope you and your family will have been here many times for various activities and the school feels a familiar place. At PACA we recognise that transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time, but can also be a daunting one for both students and their parents alike.
At the end of Year 6 there is an intensive transition programme where teachers from PACA get to know the students who are joining in Year 7 and students come into schools for tours, talks and activities to help you know what to expect before the summer holiday starts. Year 7 students are supported by year 8 transition buddies, and we train up year 7 students to be buddies of the new students arriving the following year. The transition programme is coordinated by our Head of Year 7, Mike Jones, so if you have any questions before you start please contact him.
There is a handbook for new students and parents that includes useful information like an example timetable, important numbers and contacts, school policies including homework guidelines, and other material. You can access the handbook here, or we can send you a hard copy upon request.
At the beginning of the school year the Academy opens especially just for new students in Year 7 and the PACA 6 so you have a couple of days to find your way round and settle down before the rest of the students return. Once students start you will no doubt still have some questions so please ask your child’s tutor who will be able to help you or point you in the right direction.
At PACA, we have very high expectations of you in terms of behaviour, uniform, attendance, punctuality and homework, as well as achievement, please check our policies in order to stay up to date with the Academy’s expectations.
The Academy uniform was chosen by our Student Council and is smart, comfortable and practical. Uniform items can be purchased through Sussex Uniforms on their website.
Our uniform is supplied by Sussex Uniforms which is a shop based in Hove and you can contact them at:
Shop: 40 Blatchington Road, Hove, BN3 3YH
Phone number : 01444 227066
Online : www.sussexuniforms.co.uk
Admission arrangements for Portslade Aldridge Community Academy are in accordance with the Brighton & Hove school admission arrangements.
At PACA, every day is an open day. Prospective parents and carers are welcome to see the school in action by emailing email@example.com to book a tour of the building at a time that suits you.
When your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school, you will have to apply for a school place. The contact details for the Brighton & Hove School Admissions Team are as follows:
Schools Admissions Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Phone (01273) 293653
The pupil admission number for the school is 240.
Where the number of application for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the following criteria. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs, the criteria will be applied in the order set out below:
- Children in public care.
- Compelling medical or other exceptional reasons to attend the school.
- Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area and who have an older brother or sister on the roll of the Academy at the time of their admission.
- Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area.
- Other children. If none of the above priorities applies to your child, he/she will be placed in this category.
Transfer to PACA in Years 8-11
Any parent or carer who wants their child to join PACA is welcome to telephone and make an appointment to see Mr Chris Mellett who will oversee the process.
The process may take up to 4 weeks and involves:-
- A visit to the Academy for a tour and meet with Mr Chris Mellett
- A pre-admission meeting with the Principal Mr Mark Poston
- Assessments completed for both literacy and numeracy
In order to ensure the transfer proceeds smoothly, detailed information will be collected from your child’s current school regarding current academic grades, additional needs, attendance and behaviour.
Once all information has been gathered and assessment data received, a timetable will be organised to suit your child’s personal needs and you will be contacted regarding a start date. Here is the Academy’s admissions policy if you have any questions.