Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) was named School of the Year at the Brighton Argus Achievement Awards 2013 last night.
The entrants for the awards are nominated by readers of the Argus, Brighton’s daily newspaper, with the finalists and eventual winner being chosen by a local judging panel. Principal James Fox collected the award from TV newsreader Nicholas Owen at a ceremony at Brighton’s Theatre Royal yesterday evening.
In it’s nomination of the three finalists the Argus wrote of PACA:
“BIG things are happening at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy. This year the school has smashed all previous records.
Sixty per cent of students achieved the government benchmark of five or more passes at A*-C grade.That’s a 21 percentage point increase from the previous year’s 38%.
The improvements can largely be put down to headmaster James Fox who was appointed by the school in November 2012.
Youth in Action Editor Gareth Davies said:”As the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas once said ‘Ambition is critical.” Ambition is something the school, and in particular Mr. James Fox,has in spades.”
The new building at the academy looks set to become the hub of Portslade, and will be a welcome boost to the area.
“Improvement should be celebrated, but the school isn’t resting on its laurels and is striving for bigger and better.”
That is something to be admired.”