At PACA all students follow a broad curriculum in Years 7 and 8, this includes English, Maths, Science, Art, PA, Music, Geography, History, Languages, STEM, computing, PSHE and PE.
In Year 9 students, along with parents/carers and the academy are able to choose a Humanities Options.
At the end of year 9 students choose further options which they study for GCSE. Students in year 10 typically study either 8 or 9 GCSE’s.
Learning experiences are organised into 3 different learning pathways. Each learning pathway caters for a different skill set. Students are directed to a pathway by the academy and there may be choices available within a pathway.
We ensure that students and parents/carers are actively engaged in the process in order to match their ambitions with the recommendations of the academy.
Choosing your Options for Year 10 is very important and it sets you on a path to Sixth Form and beyond. For more information on this process click here
In Year 11 you will need to decide what pathway you want to follow after your GCSEs. Most students at PACA decide to move into the Sixth Form but you can read more here
In Year 11 you will need to decide what pathway you want to follow after your GCSEs.
Most students at PACA decide to carry on with their studies into sixth form. There are a number of sixth form colleges in Brighton and Hove, some attached to schools and some standalone, offering a range of different types of courses. We recommend that you go to the Open Evenings in the Autumn term, have a look round the facilities, meet the teachers and decide with your Parents/Carers and the Academy which route is best going to meet your future ambitions.
We have recently announced that the academy will be going to consultation on temporarily closing PACA6 until September 2022, and are proposing that there will be no admissions to Year 12 in September 2019. Our sister school, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, will be continuing to expand its sixth form offer, including the Aldridge Cricket and Football Academies and the digital media courses that many PACA students have joined in recent years.
Some students decide they want to move into an apprenticeship or some other form of vocational training where you are partly in employment and partly still in education or training. The careers guidance team at the Academy will be able to help you apply for the right placement for you.
A few of our students are interested in setting up their own business or working as freelancers. We have business pods and some on site support to help students get started, as well as a network of alumni and other contacts to help find an appropriate mentor.
The academy’s entrepreneurial specialism and on-going focus on building a portfolio of evidence of skills and attributes beyond your academic qualifications, alongside a variety of enrichment activities, puts students in good stead to be successful in whichever path you choose.