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 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.
At the beginning of the school year the academy opens especially just for new students in Year 7 and the Sixth Form so you have a couple of days to find your way round and settle down before the rest of the students return.
The transition programme is coordinated by our Assistant Principal, Neil Wells, so if you have any questions before you start please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you start you will no doubt still have some questions so please ask your 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.
Attendance and Punctuality
To achieve success it is important you attends school every day. Tutor time starts promptly at 8.30 am and we expect everyone to be in lessons punctually so that all students get the most out of lesson time.
We believe that everyone has the right to learn in a safe, calm and purposeful environment. We do not allow anyone to disrupt teaching and learning for others. This extends to the time outside lessons where we also expect every member of our community to behave in a way that is respectful of each other and our environment. This ranges from moving around the academy in an orderly way, to zero tolerance of bullying or swearing and making sure there is no litter or graffiti around the school.
We believe uniform develops pride in being a PACA student and creates a sense of belonging to each School. Local residents regularly tell us how smart our students look and how well behaved they are outside the academy.We expect you to wear the full and correct uniform at all times, including to and from school.
The Academy uniform was chosen by our Student Council and is smart, comfortable and practical. Uniform items can be purchased through Sportswear International Ltd.
- Students should wear a plain white collared shirt and plain black leather school shoes (not trainers, canvas, boots or ankle boots).
- Please note that the uniform jackets must be worn to and from school and throughout the school day. Teachers will give permission for them to be removed at their discretion.
- If girls choose to wear the uniform skirt, it should be no more than 5 cm above the knee and worn with either skin coloured or black tights or short, black socks.
- Knee length pop sox, footless tights, jeggings, leggings, etc. are not permitted.
Jewellery must be kept to a minimum for health and safety purposes. Students are permitted to wear:
- A wrist watch
- One ring
- One necklace or chain, hidden under clothing
- One pair of stud earrings – no hoops
- No facial piercings are allowed
Hair and Make Up
- Students may wear a small amount of discrete make-up. No false eyelashes, nail varnish or false nails are permitted.
- Hair should be of a natural colour and there should be no extreme styles.
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
You may bring a mobile phone to the Academy but phones and other electrical devices cannot be used during the school day, including and during tutor time.
If your parents or carer need to send you a non urgent message they can text you and you can pick up the message outside of school time. In an emergency they should contact you via Student Services on 01273 416300.
Please take good care of your possessions, clothes and money in school, as the Academy will not accept liability for any claim arising from theft, accidental loss or damage to their personal effects, money, belongings or clothing whilst you are on Academy premises.
You will be set regular homework. Homework helps develop individual learning skills and helps extend and embed what you have learned in class. It is good practice for you to do some homework each school day if possible, rather than letting it pile up. If you find your homework is taking too long to complete please talk to your form tutor.