Applying to PACA

Applying to PACA

PACA is a vibrant, inclusive school where we put every student’s progress and success at the heart of all we do.

We are rated Good in all categories by Ofsted. Our students develop a love of learning, and of respecting and helping others, relishing diversity and new experiences. They build the enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mindset necessary to grasp life’s opportunities.

You can learn more about life at PACA, and what makes this a special place to learn, throughout our website or by downloading our prospectus. The deadline for applications to join our Year 7 in September 2020 closed on Thursday 31st October 2019. Notification of your school place by the local authority will be on 2nd March 2020. 

If you are considering secondary schools for a child starting in Year 7 in 2021 and would like to find out more about the academy, or arrange a visit please email

If you are considering a school move for a daughter or son in a different year group, please see our information below.

I look forward to welcoming you to PACA.

Mark Poston


Applying for a place at PACA in Year 7

As a community academy PACA operates under the Brighton and Hove Admissions Criteria for secondary schools.When your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school, you will have to apply for a school place through the Brighton & Hove secondary schools admissions process.

For more information, please contact the Schools Admissions Team, at Brighton & Hove Council:

Tel: 01273 293653


Alternatively you can visit the Brighton & Hove Council website

You can download the pupil registration form here.

Download our Admissions policy and over-subscription criteria

The pupil admission number for the school is 240.
Click here to read the guide to Secondary School Admissions

Transferring to PACA in Years 8-11

If you are interested in your child joining PACA in years 8 – 11 please call our reception on 01273 416300 to make an appointment to see Ms Fiona Rafferty, 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 Ms Rafferty
  • 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. You can find more information in the Academy’s admissions policy.