New PACA Parent

New PACA Parent

Moving to a new school is exciting but we recognise that it is also natural for your son or daughter to feel some nervousness.

We will do everything we can to help them and you feel settled and happy at PACA.

We have an extensive transition programme with primary schools so by the time students join PACA we hope you and your family will have been here many times for various activities and the school feels a familiar place. At PACA we recognise that transition from primary to secondary school is an exciting time, but can also be a daunting one for both students and their parents alike.

At the end of Year 6 there is an intensive transition programme where teachers from PACA get to know the students who are joining in Year 7 and students come into schools for tours, talks and activities to help you know what to expect before the summer holiday starts. Year 7 students are supported by Year 8 transition buddies, and we train up year 7 students to be buddies of the new students arriving the following year. The transition programme is coordinated by our Head of Year 7, Mike Jones, so if you have any questions before you start please contact him.

There is a handbook for new students and parents that includes useful information like an example timetable, important numbers and contacts, school policies including homework guidelines, and other material. You can access the handbook here, or we can send you a hard copy upon request.

At the beginning of the school year the Academy opens especially just for new students in Year 7 and the PACA 6 so they have a couple of days to find your way round and settle down before the rest of the students return. Once students start you will no doubt still have some questions so please ask your child's tutor who will be able to help you or point you in the right direction.

At PACA, we have very high expectations of our students in terms of behaviour, uniform, attendance, punctuality and homework, as well as achievement. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with our policies which underpin this.

The Academy uniform was chosen by our Student Council and is smart, comfortable and practical. Uniform items can be purchased through Sussex Uniforms on their website.

Ordering Uniform

Our uniform is supplied by Sussex Uniforms which is a shop based in Hove and you can contact them at:

Shop: 40 Blatchington Road, Hove, BN3 3YH

Phone number: 01444 227066


Equipment requirements

  • 2 or more pens (black or blue ink)
  • A Pencil
  • Ruler (you must be able to draw straight lines and measure with your ruler)
  • School bag (capable of carrying A4 sized books) to bring books to and from school
  • A reading book for literacy time
  • On days when PE is taken, a full PE kit.

It is helpful to bring the following equipment

  • Pencil case with a range of pens in different colours and highlighters
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Scientific calculator
  • A green pen for responding to feedback from teachers
  • A yellow highlighter to highlight "best work" for revision