Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Sir Rod Aldridge OBE

"As a former pupil, it is a real honour to put something back into Portslade, as lead sponsor for the Academy."

At a glance

  • Opened in September 2011
  • 1200 11-16 year olds
  • Capacity for 250 students in Sixth Form
  • Brighton School of the Year at the Brighton Argus Achievers awards in October 2013.

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 is delighted to be the lead sponsor, alongside Brighton and Hove City Council as 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.  

The existing school buildings have recently 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 Rd campus.

PACA's vision is foster independent learning. Students take responsibility for their own education in order to develop an entrepreneurial attitude of self motivation, leading to success. A recent example of the academy's entrepreneurship programme can be seen in this video.

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 August 2013 PACA celebrated a record set of GCSE results for the school, with 55.6% of students having achieved the government's benchmark of 5 or more passes at A* - C grade including maths and English, up 17% percentage points from 38% in 2012. Partly in recognition of this, PACA was voted Brighton School of the Year at the Brighton Argus Achievers awards in October 2013.

Working on partnership with Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, The Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club PACA has launched its first 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 Dance and Football sixth form academies.

Peter Marchant, Interim Principal

Peter Marchant was appointed Interim Principal of PACA in December 2014.