Admissions Information September 2021

Applying to PACA

PACA is a vibrant, inclusive school where we put every student’s progress and success at the heart of all we do.

I am delighted to welcome you to Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA). We are rated Good in all categories by Ofsted. Our students develop a love of learning, and of respecting and helping others, relishing diversity and new experiences. They build the enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mindset necessary to grasp life’s opportunities.

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.

Pick up the phone or come to see us. We are here to work with you so that together we can make every moment count.

You can learn more about life at PACA, and what makes this a special place to learn, throughout our website, in our video below or by downloading our prospectus

The transition to secondary school is an exciting process and we work with parents and primary schools to ensure that it is smooth and positive. You can read more about this and see the information for parents of students joining us in September 2020 on our Primary to Secondary School page

I look forward to welcoming you to PACA.

Mark Poston


Applying for a place at PACA in Year 7 For SEPTEMBER 2021

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.

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 240. We are currently consulting on changing this for September 2022 onwards. You can view our Consultation page here.
Click here to read the guide to Secondary School Admissions

Transferring to PACA in Years 8-11

If you are interested in your child joining PACA in years 8 – 11 please call our reception on 01273 416300 to make an appointment to see Mr Christopher Mellett, who will oversee the process.

The process may take up to 4 weeks and involves:-

  • A visit to the Academy for a tour and meeting with a senior member of staff
  • A pre-admission meeting with the Principal Mr Mark Poston
  • Assessments completed for both literacy and numeracy

In order to ensure the transfer proceeds smoothly, detailed information will be collected from your child’s current school regarding current academic grades, additional needs, attendance and behaviour.

Once all information has been gathered and assessment data received, a timetable will be organised to suit your child’s personal needs and you will be contacted regarding a start date. You can find more information in the Academy’s admissions policy.