Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) students and staff are delighted with another year of exceptional results, both in terms of progress and attainment. 71.4% of students achieved grade 4 good passes in both English and maths, up from 70% last year. 56% achieved grade 5 and above ‘strong’ passes, also up 6% on 2017.
Principal Ms Katie Scott said: “In this first year of the more challenging GCSEs in all subjects, PACA students have performed extremely strongly with 15% of entries being awarded top 7-9 grades. I believe these results could put us in line with the top 5% of similar schools nationally.”
“In addition to these stunning collective results, there were many students whose progress and attainment was outstanding. Indiana Descombes achieved 5 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s. Erica Lin achieved 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s and an A* in additional maths. Eve Murphy achieved 4 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and a grade 6. Students who achieved outstanding progress include Marc Eacott, Kyal Humberstone and Gabriella Harris-Maunders, who all achieved on average, nearly 2 whole GCSE grades higher in each of their subjects above what their results at primary school predicted them to achieve.”
On collecting their results Indiana reaction was simply “I achieved five 9s?! Wow!”. Erica said: “I almost can’t believe it, I’m so pleased!” while Marc’s reaction was “I’m so happy with my results, it’s a relief to know that I did better than expected!”
Ms Scott is taking up a new role in South London next month and will be succeeded by Mr Mark Poston. She added: “I am exceptionally proud of all that has been achieved at PACA in the last three years. These extraordinary results are the product of the hard work of our students, and the dedication and expertise of the staff, who have worked tirelessly in supporting them.”