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Dear Parent and Carer
I wanted to let you know that following a detailed review by the Academy, with our local governing committee and the Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust, we have agreed that:
Our focus in undertaking this review has been the best interests of our students. We have been conscious of the decision taken in 2017 to end sixth form provision at nearby Blatchington Mill School, and are working with colleagues in the Local Authority and neighbouring schools on this.
A successful 6th form requires an ambitious combination of breadth and depth of subject offer which we aspire to deliver at PACA from 2022. It also requires student numbers that balance the costs of provision.
The media has highlighted education finances over recent months. This is particularly the case for post-16 where funding has declined. Within Brighton and Hove Local Authority the average size of the sixth form colleges is around 2,500 students, while the average size of school sixth forms is approximately 200. The Department for Education recognises that sixth forms with less than 250 students are at risk of not being financially viable.
PACA Sixth Form currently has less than 100 students on roll. The predicted levels of enrolment into PACA’s sixth form until 2022 are not high enough to see an increase from this level. We believe that we could not offer the range of courses or the social aspect of larger colleges, and continuing to operate a small sixth form at a deficit would then impact the resources available to all students at the academy.
Our Ofsted Good rating and success in examination results has meant that PACA has become an increasingly popular choice for year 7 entry in recent years. By 2022 the larger year groups we have seen will have progressed through the academy, giving us the foundation to re-open the PACA Sixth Form.
No current students will be affected by the proposal. Irrespective of the outcome of the consultation all current Year 12 courses at PACA will be taught until their completion; which is up until July 2020.
PACA and BACA, as part of Aldridge Education, jointly offer a sports academy pathway for students at both academies. We are keen that we maintain and develop this offer. BACA will continue to offer a range of courses to meet the academic interests of students who want to pursue a sports academy route.
The academy will be hosting a Parents Evening on 21 January for parents who want to know more about this change. Our Principal, staff and Head of Sixth Form are available to answer student and parental questions on this. The dates for consultation meetings and the consultation process will be announced shortly.
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is a co-educational school for 11 to 18 year olds based in the heart of the Mile Oak Community in Portslade, Brighton.
PACA’s motto is ‘Unlocking Potential’ and we are committed to unlocking the full potential in our students and staff.