Useful Links

Useful Links

Parent and Carer Communication

Parent and Carer Tools


The Principal sends out a weekly newsletter to all parents and carers which is sent via email at the start of each week. 
All Newsletters are also published here on our website:

Parents and carers

If you are a parent or carer all the contact details for each year group are available here:

To report absence or if your child is going to be late:

  • Telephone 01273 427837 before 08:30 am and leave a message.
  • Tell us in person at reception before 08:30 am
  • Email – before 08:30 am
  • Get in touch with the leadership team - click here.

For specific queries regarding your child, please contact their form tutor who will be able to help you.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities contact is Ms Frankie McBrien, email 

For any other enquiries, please ring Ann Ward on reception on 01273 416300, or email the Academy on

At PACA we have many tools that parents and carers can use to communicate with the Academy including the Parent Pay, MCAS app, and the Parent Lite App.


Parent Pay is an online tool that enables parents or carers to load up money onto a student ID card. This can then be used to purchase food whilst in school or to pay for school trips, for example.

Cashless Catering

We are no longer accepting cash at the tills in the Academy restaurant, Oasis. This will make the queues for food at break and lunch quicker, thereby giving students longer to eat and to socialise. Money can either be loaded online using ParentPay or via the machines located around school.

For more information, please visit the ParentPay website.

My Child at school (MCAS)

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy uses MCAS to communicate with parents and carers. 


You will be aware that the school uses a program called Bromcom to communicate with parents and carers.  This program includes an app called My Child at School which allows two-way communication between parents and carers and the school for no charge.  The text and email functions will still be operational but the app can be used at no cost to you or the school. It is necessary for you to install the MCAS app on your smart phone or tablet.

The instructions for which are below: 

mcas parent guide.pdf


What will it show me?

Once installed and set up you will be able to see the following information and messages sent by the school delivered directly to the app, and you can also reply to selected messages free of charge.

  • Attendance records and absences
  • Timetable
  • School Term Calendar
  • Achievement records
  • Newsletters and bulletins

What do I need to do now?

Download the MCAS app to your smartphone or tablet (you will have been emailed a login)

  1. Open the Play Store or Apple Store on your device
  2. Search for and download the My Child At School
  3. Log in using the email address and mobile phone number that you registered with the school
  4. You will receive a verification code to your mobile phone number
  5. Enter the verification code when prompted
  6. Set up your password

I can’t log in still

If your email address or mobile phone number do not match those registered with the Academy you will not be able to login. If this happens, complete the contact form available from PACA reception or email the Academy directly on or You’ll need to make sure you keep these details up to date in future to maintain access to the service.


Show my Homework is a web-based application that we use here at PACA, to set and record homework. Teachers set homework through Show my Homework, either to be completed through the website, Google Classroom, or to be handed in through lesson.

Students login with their school credentials, whilst Parents can set up accounts using their Parent pin code they have been provided with by the school.

Student Login

  • Go to
  • Click on the Student tab
  • Search for the school – Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
  • Enter username – This will be the username you use to log onto the school PCs. i.e. J.Smith20
  • Enter Password – This will be the same password you use to log onto the school PCs.

Please note that you will need to have logged into the school PCs and changed your password for the first time before being able to log into Show my Homework.

Parent Login

If you have already created an account:

  • Click the ‘I already have an account’ option
  • Search for the school – Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
  • Enter the Email address and password you have set up.

If you have not created an account:

  • Click the ‘I don’t have an account yet’ option
  • Search for the school – Portslade Aldridge Community Academy
  • Enter your email address you’d like to use
  • Enter the parent pin that you have been provided by the school

It will then go through some setup information for you to create an account and access your child’s homework.

If you have any issues/queries regarding student or parent logins, please email