THE ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
- A member of the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust
- Opened in September 2011
- 1200 11-16 year olds
- Capacity for 250 students in Sixth Form
- Rated GOOD by Ofsted
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy opened in September 2011, replacing Portslade Community College. The Academy has a specialism in Science.
As a former pupil of the school, Sir Rod Aldridge was delighted that Aldridge Education was chosen as the Academy’s lead sponsor, alongside Brighton and Hove City Council as the then co-sponsor, and the University of Sussex as Education Partner. The Academy can accommodate 1,200 11-16 year olds, with a sixth form of 250.
Since conversion to academy status the school buildings have undergone a £12.7m investment programme, seeing a new sixth form centre, a new science centre with separate dedicated physics, chemistry and biology labs, a new theatre, new ICT facilities, a new community library and Adult Education Centre at the Chalky Road campus.
PACA’s vision is to foster independent learning. Students take responsibility for their own education in order to develop an entrepreneurial attitude of self motivation, leading to success.
Students are encouraged to become leaders within the school and wider community. They take on a variety of roles such as mentors, prefects, peer support and charity ambassadors. It is seen as important that students develop a strong sense of social responsibility and make a positive contribution to the local and global community. The academy’s foremost aim is to fully prepare students for adulthood and ensure that they are ‘life ready’ by the time they leave. In June 2016 the academy won the Brighton Community School of the Year 2016 award by the Brighton Argus newspaper.
PACA was recognised as Most Improved School of the Year at the 2017 Brighton Argus Youth In Action Awards. They also managed to scoop the Teacher of the Year Award, which went to Mr Dean Flynn, the Head of PSHCE & Student Leadership.
Working in partnership with Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Sussex Cricket PACA launched the Aldridge Cricket Academy 6th form courses for male and female students looking to build a career in cricket whilst gaining academic qualifications. PACA also has a Football sixth form academy. Both schools are also working in partnership with LatestTV to develop the Brighton Digital Media Academy.
The Academy has seen much improved GCSE results for students in recent years. In 2017 the academy’s Progress 8 score was the second highest amongst all Brighton and Hove state secondary schools and results continued to improve in 2018, when 71.4% of students achieved grade 4 “good” passes in both English and maths and 56% achieved grade 5 and above ‘strong’ passes (up a further 6% on 2017). In September 2018 Mark Poston became the academy’s new Principal.
In December 2016 the Academy was rated Good on all measures by Ofsted.