suspension of the sixth form from September 2020 to August 2022

Temporary change to the age range of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

In January we announced a consultation with the community on a proposal to suspend the sixth form at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy from September 2020 to 2022. We undertook this because we believed that there are too few applicants to provide the breadth and depth of subject offer students require or for the sixth form to be financially viable.

The Consultation closed on 19th March 2019.

All the views put forward during the consultation stage via the online form, email, letter or the consultation reply slip were reported to the Regional Schools Commissioner.  The Commissioner has approved the proposal, and that no new admissions will be accepted into the PACA Sixth Form in 2019.

Principal Mark Poston wrote to parents and carers to confirm this decision at the end of term. In his letter he said:

"I would like to emphasise again that no current sixth form students will be affected by this decision. The Academy has committed that all current Year 12 courses at PACA will be taught until their completion in July next year. Since the start of this process we have worked with the Local Authority to assist with arrangements for our current Year 11 students who had indicated an interest in our sixth form, all of whom have made applications to alternative colleges.

I would also like to re-iterate that we are very proud of the achievements of our sixth form students and the contribution they make to our school life. This is not a decision we have wanted to be faced with, but we have a duty to provide the best possible education for all of our students. Sadly, in the light of the predicted sixth form numbers until 2022, we simply could not offer the range of courses or the social aspect of larger colleges that a good sixth form education needs. Continuing to operate a small sixth form at a deficit would also have impacted the resources available to all our other students at the academy.

Our sister school Brighton Aldridge Community Academy continues to expand its range of 6th form courses including the very high quality sports academy programme and a newly developed construction academy.  As we look to the future our plans for restarting 6th form work will ensure that we maximise the benefits of an offer that involves both schools.

By 2022 the larger year groups currently in years 7 and 8 will have progressed through the academy, giving us the foundation to re-open the PACA Sixth Form. In the meantime, we will continue to support our current Year 12s and look forward to celebrating with Year 13 the results of their hard work this year when they receive their results next month."

You can view PACA6 results for 2018/19 here.