Portslade Aldridge Community Academy Chair of Governors Honor Wilson-Fletcher welcomed the school’s recent Ofsted Report, the first since the Portslade Community College converted to an Academy in September 2011.
Ms.Wilson-Fletcher said: “We are pleased that the report states that ‘the quality of teaching is improving’ and that it shows the real progress that has been made since Ofsted’s inspection of the Community College in its final year (2010), when the school was graded “Inadequate”. It rightly recognises that PACA’s teaching ‘has not been good enough for long enough to close gaps in performance’ or to yet reach the high standards that parents, staff and governors want and that the students have a right to expect.”
“PACA is coming through a period of considerable change in terms of teaching and the facilities we have for our students. Our current £12.7 million capital investment programme will provide us with a new 6th Form Centre, Music and Performing Arts Centre, Science laboratories and a state of the art computer suite, ensuring that our students have the best possible opportunities to progress in future.”
“Although the percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSE’s at A*-C grade rose 5% to
70%, the report itself notes that as governors we were not satisfied with the first set of examination results last summer and at that stage we acted swiftly with the Academy’s senior leadership team to put plans for more rapid improvement in place. The inspectors confirmed the positive impact that these changes have already had, and that our students are ‘doing better year on year”. Their report has reinforced the challenges we face in ensuring that we continue to improve faster, but PACA’s staff and governors are determined to do that and to take on board all of the inspectors’ comments.”