Admissions Information

Welcome to PACA!

If you are considering secondary schools for your child to start in Year 7 in September next year, you will find all the information you need to give you a real feel for life at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy on this page, and what makes our school a special place to learn.

We are a small secondary school, but one that has been growing in popularity and results in recent years.  PACA is a vibrant, inclusive school, where student’s progress and success is at the heart of all we do.  PACA is rated Good in all categories by Ofsted. Our students develop a love of learning, respect and help others, and relish diversity and new experiences. They build the enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mindset necessary to grasp life’s opportunities.

In 2020 it was not possible for on-site visits to be held however we were able to provide a virtual open evening, see links below if you are interested.

This year, I'm delighted to welcome parents and children back on site to attend the 2021 Open Evening on 12th October between 5pm and 8pm, where you will be able to see our great facilities, meet our teachers and chat to our current students, who are always the best ambassadors for our school.  We understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent.  At PACA we aim to meet and exceed your expectations of what a school should offer.  We know that your role in inspiring, supporting and helping your child to succeed is vital, and that is why we place a very high value on great home-school communication.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Best wishes

Mark Poston, Principal


Come in and see .... a virtual tour of the academy with our staff & students


Principal Mark Poston talks about learning, growing and enjoying life at PACA

Mr Poston's talk will give you a real insight into all aspects of the academic, cultural and fun side of the academy, with comments from our most recent Year 7s about how they have found the move to PACA.

If you would prefer to view a short version of Mr Poston's talk please click here.

Hear about some of the subjects we teach





Performing Arts - coming soon 











Religious Education 

Food Technology 




More information on the subjects we teach 

Our prospectus


Alternatively, you can open a copy of our prospectus by clicking on this link.

We have the advantage of being both a local community school and benefiting from the support of a national educational trust, Aldridge Education.

You can find out more about how being part of the Aldridge family benefits our students and school in this trust brochure. 



Any questions? Want to find out more?

To arrange an informal chat with Mr Poston, please email

You can also see answers to some popular questions we get asked at open evenings by clicking this link.

Applying for a place at PACA in Year 7 for September 2022

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. The deadline to apply for a school place is 31st October 2021.

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 220.
Click here to read the guide to Secondary School Admissions