• Vale Girls Score 22!

    Date: November 9th 2016

    History was made on Monday 24th October 2016.  Darwen Vale’s year 10 girls football team were playing in the first round of the Lancashire Schools Under 15 Cup.

    Last year they made it all the way to the final so expectations were high, but no one could foresee how this encounter would end. Opposing them were girls from Baines High School, Poulton-le-Fylde – an unknown adversary. Baines arrived ready for battle. The referee blew his whistle. and the rest, as they say, is history!

    The school’s website described the girls as “Vale’s answer to Barcelona”!


  • PACA Netball Team Reach Final

    Date: October 24th 2016

    On Tuesday 18th October, the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy year 11 girls’ netball team represented the academy in the Brighton and Hove netball tournament. In total, 12 teams entered, and they were initially placed into 2 pools. Following 5 games, which included wins against Steyning Grammar, Dorothy Stringer and Patcham, PACA finished 1st in their pool! This meant they made it through to the final! They came up against tough opposition in Brighton and Hove High School, and unfortunately lost, finishing in 2nd place overall. All PACA students were a credit to the school during the tournament. They played with passion and incredible team work, and should be incredibly proud of their 2nd place finish; their best result ever as a team.

    The team was: Kathryn Bonner (captain), Zena Fawzy-Abdou, Martha Whitehouse-Eagle, Grace Holding, Isobel Emery, Madison Farley, Lucy Spalding and Natasha Blissett. Congratulations to Grace and Zena who were voted players’ of the tournament.

  • Darwen Vale fundraises £1416

    Date: October 11th 2016

    Darwen Vale pupils present a cheque for £1416  to local lad Theo Power, helping fund his ongoing treatment for neuroblastoma.

    Principal David Hallam said:

    ‘We are immensely proud of our pupils who raised this money through a variety of sponsored events. We wish Theo good luck in his treatment and we are in awe of his bravery’.

  • PACA Students Appear In Internationally Acclaimed Photography Festival

    Date: October 10th 2016

    The Brighton Photography Fringe ( http://photofringe.org/2016/ ) and Brighton Photo Biennale (http://2016.bpb.org.uk/ ) provide an international photography festival across the whole of Brighton and Hove featuring a wide range of photographic practices from internationally renowned photographers from all around the world. It is a real celebration of the medium of Photography.

    One of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s Year 13 Photography students, Lola-Mia Gurr, entered the Open 16 Young Photographers competition and had her work selected. She now has a printed and framed photograph on display in the Phoenix gallery in the centre of Brighton. A fantastic achievement for Lola personally, for the Academy’s Art department and the whole school.

    Lola said: ‘I am really proud to have my work displayed at such an important event, it’s such a great opportunity. The art department at PACA really gave me the confidence to enter my work into this competition, and I’m really glad they did’.

  • Tara Qualifies As Level 2 Coach

    Date: August 16th 2016

    Aldridge Cricket Academy student Tara Norris has become an ECB Level 2 coach. The English Cricket Board course is one of the qualifications ACA students can study for alongside their academic studies and cricket skills development. Tara has graduated from the Academy this summer and is an already established member of the Sussex Women’s team and has played for England Under 19’s.

    Tara, who joined the Aldridge Cricket Academy in 2014, and studied at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was named by Sussex County Cricket Club in their 2016 Academy intake.


  • National Award For Brighton Digital Media Initiative

    Date: July 15th 2016

    On Wednesday 13 July Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies’ joint Digital Media Academy, BDMA, won the Academy Partnership Award at the National Education Business Awards in London.  This acknowledges the innovative partnership the Academy has created with digital media companies and the bespoke curriculum provision and opportunities it offers students.

    Over 200 people attended the ceremony at the Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London and the award was sponsored by Ward-Hendry creative design and photography.

  • UTC@harbourside Design Scoops Sussex Heritage Award

    Date: July 12th 2016

    UTC@harbourside’s riverside campus has won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the quality and excellence of its design. The Public and Community Building award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Egremont, DL, President of Sussex Heritage Trust at the trust’s annual awards luncheon at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe on Thursday (7 July).

    Award judges praised UTC@harbourside in Newhaven, East Sussex, for  ‘providing an inspiring and impressively equipped environment for a school’. The judges noted this as “an outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance.” Sussex Heritage Awards seek to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

  • Two Awards For DACA At Lancashire School Awards

    Date: July 6th 2016

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy scooped two prizes at awards celebrating the cream of East Lancashire’s teachers, pupils, schools and support staff. At the annual Lancashire Telegraph’s Schools Awards DACA student Lewis Partington was named Secondary School Pupil of the Year, whilst the Unsung Hero award went to school counsellor Les Ince.

  • PACA Wins Brighton Community School of the Year Award

    Date: June 14th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) has won the Youth in Action Community School of the Year at the annual awards hosted by The Argus at the Amex Stadium. PACA received a record breaking 78 nominations for the award and teacher Dean Flynn told the audience he could not wait to show it off in school.

    PACA was also nominated in the following categories

    STEM teacher of the year – Dr Caroline Operandi

    Staff member – Liz I’Anson

    Student of the year – Jamie Henville

  • Billy Walpole from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy becomes Grade 5 Men’s Pair Gymnastics British Champion

    Date: May 27th 2016

    We are delighted to announce the prestigious achievement of Billy Walpole, a Year 9 pupil at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. On Sunday 15th May 2016, along with his team mate Richard Crewe, a pupil at St. Bede's Blackburn, they become Grade 5 Men's Pair British Champions in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
    Well done to both Billy and Richard for their fantastic achievement.


  • Darwen Vale Students Named Campaigners of the Year

    Date: May 26th 2016

    The SHINE Group at Darwen Vale High School was set up in response to group of girls who wanted a discuss issues surrounding self-esteem, body image and self-perception. They felt young people had mixed messages surrounding healthy and unhealthy relationships.

    Students at the SHINE awardsThe group continued to work on these issues from Year 7- Year 11 and are very proud of the legacy that they have left. They were pleased to be invited to share a few comments with the National Women’s Aid Conference and in March this year they were nominated for an award for Young Campaigners of the Year, which they won.  The award was presented by Jaffer Ali Hussain who is the Chief Executive Officer of Strengthening Links between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists (SLYNCS).

    Well done to India Adcroft, Devon Ormerod-Banks, Abbie Smith and Baish Nicoll. You can read their full story here.

  • KAA Year 7’s Reach Championship Final

    Date: May 17th 2016

    After a successful season in the QPR schools league, the Kensington Aldridge Academy year 7 football team earned a place in the Championship final, held at Loftus Road on Sunday 15th May. It was an amazing experience for the players, having the opportunity to use the stadium facilities and play at their local professional club. The team anticipated a tough game against Fulham Boys, but were hopeful given their victory over the same team during their previous fixture.

    The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with family, friends and teachers from both schools roaring their support from the warm-up through to the final whistle. It made for an entertaining game and something the players will never forget. KAA made a tense start and had to be resilient in defence to hold off the FB attack. At half-time the game was tied at 0-0 and everything was still to play for. Unfortunately, FB were able to step up their play in the latter stages of the second half and with tired legs, the KAA team began to give away opportunities on goal. Carlos was on top form, pulling off a string of fantastic saves. However, it wasn’t to be and with just 6 minutes left, FB managed to score 3 goals to secure the cup.

    Bad luck to the team but congratulations on a great season!

  • PACA’s STEM Centre Shortlisted for TES Schools Award

    Date: May 17th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s STEM centre has been shortlisted for a TES Schools Award. The award recognises excellence and innovative teaching within science, technology and engineering. The judges have seen clear examples of innovative evidence from PACA and we hope that this will help the Academy pick up the award!

    The TES Schools Awards are now in their eight year and they celebrate the extraordinary commitment and quality shown by both teachers and support staff across the UK.The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 24 June 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.


  • Former DACA student receives prestigious British Army award

    Date: May 12th 2016

    A former Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student has received a prestigious British Army award after finishing top in his recruit training. Private Daniel Hayden, 18, has won the Parachute Regiment Best Recruit Award after successfully completing the combat infantryman’s course in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

    The award is judged by the platoon’s training team and goes to the trainee who has put in the best overall performance, displaying an aptitude for being an infantryman and being fit, tough and resilient during the 28-week course.

    The former DACA student said he has always had an ambition to become a paratrooper and is delighted to have received the accolade.“I have wanted to be a paratrooper since I was about 14. The Parachute Regiment is an elite unit and I think their standards are the highest in the British Army. Receiving this award is quite an honour for me.”

    Only one recruit per platoon receives the award, so there are only five or six awards given out each year.

    His platoon commander, Captain Tom Hand, said: “Private Hayden has won the Best Recruit award. “He is a mentally and physically robust character who has excelled on what is a gruelling six-month course.

    “He has the confidence and nous of a much more experienced soldier.”

  • BACA Year 7s Win The League

    Date: April 15th 2016

    Congratulations to Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s year 7 boys football team who have won the regional Division 2 League.

  • PACA’s Madi Represents South East at National Trampoline competition

    Date: April 8th 2016

    A young trampolinist from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is hoping to inspire others to get bouncing with her success.

    Madi Farley, 14, of Portslade, is juggling her GCSES with springing up the leader board of the country’s best bouncers.

    The PACA student is now set to represent the South East at the National Development Plan Trampoline competition in Birmingham in May.

    Madi – who only took up the sport two years ago and trains with the Rise Trampoline Club – said: “It’s quite exciting to have got this far. I’m really happy.”

    “I train two hours on Mondays and two hours on Thursdays and it can be a bit tricky fitting it all in around my mocks. I started off doing gymnastics and then went from there on to trampolining and I just love it. It’s so much fun.”

    Madi hopes to win the Birmingham competition and reach the finals along with the eight best trampolinists in the country. She reached the semi-finals in last year’s competition too.

    Full story at the Brighton Argus website.

  • PACA Students Reach National Science & Engineering Final

    Date: March 24th 2016

    Five students from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy were finalists in the National Science + Engineering Competition 2016 when its staged its National Awards Ceremony as part of the annual Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham in March.

    The National Science + Engineering Competition, organised by the British Science Association, is an annual contest open to pupils aged between 11-18, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000.

    Dexter Shepherd, Morgan Pile, Joshua Hassett, Harry Smith and Guolin Yang were selected from thousands of applicants to make it through to the Finals. Although the top prize went to Watford Grammar School for Girls the PACA team did a brilliant job of presenting their “Starburst Element” project.

  • UTC@MediaCityUK Students Impress Magnetic North

    Date: March 24th 2016

    Last week, UTC@MediaCityUK students headed over to the Magnetic North’s studio to pitch their vision pieces on the future of digital to help celebrate mN’s fifteenth anniversary as a digital design studio. For the competition students born the same year as mN were asked to create an idea that looked to the next 15 years in digital product and service design.

    For the final the students had to condense their presentations and deliver them in the form of an elevator pitch, lasting just three minutes. Within this time, the students explained their concepts and presented their vision pieces; leaving lots of time for questions. nM’s design and technical team were impressed by their delivery and fresh perspectives offered and awarded first prize to  TV and Film students Katie, Jessica and Caitlyn  who pitched Givechester – an app to help the homeless on the future of the digital industry.

    Read the full story including some great ideas from other finalists on the Magnetic North website.

  • Stephen Wins First International Medal

    Date: January 27th 2016

    BACA student Stephen FerroniCongratulations to Brighton Aldridge Community Academy sixth former and cross-country runner Stephen Ferroni on winning his first international medal for England in Spain.

  • DigiDaz named as Young Start-up Talent finalists

    Date: January 25th 2016

    DigiDaz, a company formed by a group of Brighton Aldridge Community Academy sixth formers, has been named as finalists in this year’s Brighton and Hove Young Start Up Talent competition

    The sixth formers, Jordan Back, Tristan Kibble, Callum Sexton and Robbie Down, want to use their business to educate the gaming community through video games themselves. Tristan said: “This process has allowed me to become a better businessman and prepare for the future.”

    In the autumn term DigiDaz hosted successful FIFA football tournaments for students in years 7, 8 and 9 along with a highly competitive tournament amongst staff members. The team’s future plans are to offer a wider range of games and extend their offer to other schools across Brighton and Hove.

    To help them achieve their goals they applied to Young Start-up Talent, and after intense 1-2-1 and Dragon’s Den style pitches they were named as finalists. The winner of the competition will be named on 16 February at Sea Life Brighton, and will walk away with £50K of business funding.