THE ACADEMY AT A GLANCE
- Opened in September 2011
- 1200 11-16 year olds
- Capacity for 250 students in Sixth Form
- Finalist Brighton School of the Year at the Brighton Argus Achievers awards 2015
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 that the Foundation is 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. In 2015 the work of the Academy’s Student Social Action Committee was recognised with the award of Charity Achievement of the year in the Brighton Argus’ Youth in Action awards. In the words of the paper, the fundraising group “received a record-breaking 36 nominations for the work it does throughout the 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 2014 PACA’s GCSE results showed that students at the Academy were out-performing their peers in state schools across Brighton and Hove in terms of progress in both maths and English.
Working in 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. Both schools are also working in partnership with LatestTV to develop the Brighton Digital Media Academy.
In June 2015 it was announced that Katie Scott will become the Academy’s new Principal in September 2015.