Keeping Students Safe and Healthy

Keeping Students Safe and Healthy

PACA’s Pastoral System: to help support your child through school.

We look at the whole child at PACA and every part of a child’s well-being plays a part in helping them achieve their potential.

Some children need more support than others but almost all students at one point or another run into some difficulty in or out of school and we are there to help.

Your child will have a form tutor who they will see every day. It is the tutor’s role to get to know your child well and to be responsible for their progress through school. If you have any concerns the tutor should be your first port of call. They will either be able to help you or refer you to the right person.

The form tutors are supported by the Heads of Year and a variety of specialist teams in school. These include the Aspiration Centre for children with Special Needs (click here to find out more), the Education Welfare Officer, for children with attendance and punctuality issues, and access to a counsellor for children who need some focussed individual support. They are all supported in turn by the Senior Leadership Team and the Head and of course we also have access to outside agencies for additional help if required.

Your child will be in one of four Schools at PACA. The School system fosters support and co-operation between students and an opportunity to work with students of different ages. It also allows for some inter school competitiveness when we run inter School competitions.

Safeguarding at PACA

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults.

All members of staff, students and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. We have robust systems in place with regards to safeguarding. It is vitally important that all referrals are addressed promptly and dealt with sensitively.

All staff receive training annually on child protection and safeguarding within the Academy. We, therefore, have a wide network of support staff who students can talk to.

The members of staff include:

  • Form Tutors
  • Heads of Year
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Staff of The Aspiration Centre

If you have any child protection concerns please contact:

Designated Safeguarding Lead
Fiona Rafferty Ext 273

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Carolyn Bennett-Edge Ext 266

Hate Incidents and Anti-Social Behaviour

Hate incidents and anti-social behaviour can be reported directly to a specialist Casework Team within a combined police and council team.

Vulnerability and risk are assessed for each incident and the team will either directly support victims, or refer cases on to appropriate partner agencies, to reduce harm and resolve issues.

A duty phone line, 01273 292735, is staffed on weekdays between 09:00 and 17:00, an answer machine is in operation out of office hours or the team can be emailed direct on

Hate incidents and anti-social behaviour can also be reported directly to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Internet Safety

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

Click here to see the CEOP website

Whether you are a child, teenager, parent, carer or teacher, the thinkuknow website has information for you that could keep you safe online.

As children grow and become more independent, it is natural that they take this independence online.

In our teenage years we explore, try new things and sometimes we push boundaries and take risks. This is an essential part of growing up.

With the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative. It has changed the way they communicate.
The internet has changed our lives. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us are part of the everyday online world and for many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
This site aims to make online parenting simple and helps parents develop their online parenting skills and ensure their children are safe.

Other useful Links

  1. Sexual Exploitation
  2. Forced Marriage and Honour based violence.
  3. Hate Crimes
  4. Homophobic abuse
  5. Self Harm