Transition from Primary to Secondary SchoolWelcome to PACA!
We are very pleased that you have chosen our Academy for the next step in your child’s education.
Parent and Carer Handbook
Please find a copy of the parent and carer handbook here. It contains information about how we manage the school and key information when you arrive. I hope you find this useful.
We have tried our best to place children in Tutor Groups with at least one person that they know, however, please be assured that where this is not the case, tutor time is only 30 minutes at the start of the day and students will be in different classes for their other subjects.
The Start of Term
We look forward to welcoming all of our new year 7’s on Tuesday 3rd September . This day has been set aside for year 7 to give them the opportunity to explore the school and get used to their surroundings. Please note that we are offering a free lunch on this day. Although this is free, you are still welcome to send your child in with a packed lunch if they prefer and we recommend still sending in a few snacks and a drink for the first break.
When students start PACA they will be in their tutor groups each morning but will be assigned to classes randomly for at least the first two weeks. During these weeks we will take the opportunity to use the CAT4 assessment to arrange our groupings thereafter.
First Day Back
8:15 – 8:30 Pupils arrive via student entrance to the hub
8:30 – 8:45 Tutor groups
8:45 Assembly in hall
9:15 – 11 Back to tutor rooms for team building, getting to know each other and a tour of the school
11 – 11:30 BREAK in Canteen/field
11:30 – 12:30 Timetabled lesson
12:30 – 13:30 Timetabled lesson
13:30 – 14:00 FREE LUNCH
14:00 – 15:00 Treasure Hunt – find your way around PACA!
15:00 End of the day
Meet the Tutor Evening
We will be holding a 'Meet the Tutor Evening' on Thursday 19th September. Information will be sent out about this in September.
As a community school we are proud that we also host Aldridge Adult learning. AAL gives everyone in our community the opportunity to advance their career, achieve their dreams and love their hobby! More information on this is available at: https://aldridgeadultlearning.com/
Uniform and equipment
In the Parent and Carer Handbook there is guidance on uniform and equipment.
Most uniform can be bought from Sussex Uniforms
Normally we would offer a chance to test for sizing at transition day, but of course this year we cannot, so Sussex Uniforms have kindly added downloadable tape measures via the above link so that you can measure your child and send in measurements for online orders. The deadline for ordering uniform is 31st July, however, we do advise ordering as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Orders made after the 31st July will not arrive in time for the start of the school year. As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email email@example.com