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On Thursday 21st November we were delighted to host our annual awards evening in the Chichester Lecture Theatre at Sussex University. Peter Kyle MP gave up his time to come and speak to our young people, he shared with them his route into higher education and inspired our pupils to not give up.
Many awards were given out including the new Aldridge Gold Award for students reaching Expert Learning status; Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards; and recognition for social action activities. Students were also awarded in each subject across both Key Stages 3 and 4. During the evening the year 7 and 8 choir produced an amazing performance to wow the audience.
In his talk Principal Mark Poston started by paying tribute to students and staff for the exam results achieved last summer. “We can be proud that our exam results are among the best in the city and nationally they are within the top 5% for similar schools. As we have seen this two years in a row this is now the new normal.”
He went on to add: “Academic achievement is hugely important. But academic outcomes would mean very little if we did not also achieve great things that broaden experience and help students reflect on the world. And as I look back over the long list of achievements from last year I am pleased to say that there is so much more to PACA than exam success.”
“With the strength of our Social Action work we were nominated for the BBC Sussex Hero Award for the amazing work last year on the Annual Community Christmas Fayre which supported 5 different local charities, with our own Kacey Sturcey winning the Argus’s Special Award. A selection of our students have been trained as Mental Health Ambassadors and 119 students received a Rotary Award at the Hilton in Brighton. And we must not forget Mission Mellett where students raised over £3,000 to see Mr Mellett clean shaven, an event not seen since Mr Mellet was 8 years old!”
Peter Kyle MP spoke inspiringly about his own career through education which required unprecedented levels of perseverance as he battled to overcome his own initial lack of qualifications. His message to our students was “a little effort in school saves a lot of time later on” and “life is long so never give up”.
Below is a comprehensive list of all the award winners and a link to the program.
In the next few weeks we will also be awarding the Aldridge Silver award and having our end of term assembly where we will be awarding students across the school.
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.