Students and staff at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) are celebrating another year of improved results today. The percentage of students achieving at least A*-A grade or equivalent has increased from 60% to 73%; with 82.9% of students achieving at least one A/A*-B grade or its equivalent.
44% of all grades this year awarded were A/A* or the equivalent. This is in addition to an impressive 100% pass rate in vocational qualifications. An increased number of students achieved 3 qualifications at the highest grades (37%).
In IT, Sport and Travel and Tourism qualifications 100% of students achieved the equivalent of A*/B*. In media, 85% of students, and in business, 75% of students achieved the top grades. 50% of Art students and 20% of photography students achieved A*s.
Amongst the students celebrating were Clarice Genova, who achieved ABBC (Italian, Chemistry, Maths and Physics, respectively); and Jack Kelly and Thomas Gun who both achieved D*D* in both IT Subsidiary Diploma and Media Diploma (equivalent to 3.5 A*-B at A level).
Ben Buckwell, Ben Burgess, Luke Edwards and Luke Kramer all achieved three Distinction* grades.
Lola-Mia Gurr is also celebrating achieving A*s in both her Art and Photography A-levels. Lola-Mia said, “I’ve had such a fantastic time year at PACA6 and PACA, I’m so grateful to all of the staff, especially Ms Durham who’s been a fantastic inspiration to me and all my peers. I’ve made some fantastic friends and I have learned so much from the amazing teachers. I’m really looking forward to starting my Art degree at Brighton University.”
Principal Katie Scott said: “I’d like to congratulate our students and staff who have worked hard to overcome the increased challenge and rigor of the new exam specifications. The percentage of students achieving the highest grades continues to increase and in many of our courses students have achieved higher grades that their GCSE results predicted.”