Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Transition from Primary to Secondary School

Welcome to PACA

If you have received confirmation of a place at the academy to join us in September 2020 I would like to welcome you to our school.We are very pleased that you have chosen our Academy for the next step in your child’s education.

Parent and Carer Handbook

Please find a copy of the parent and carer handbook here. It contains information about how we manage the school and key information when you arrive. I hope you find this useful.

Tutor Group Information

You should have received a letter with information regarding your son/daughters tutor group, if you have not received this please contact 

Delta – Green

Dragon – Red

Luna – Purple

Victory – Yellow

Transition morning update

Having looked at the different option and having taken stock of the current advice for primary and secondary schools we have decided that the best approach for transition is to keep it predominantly online.  This was not our first choice, but given the fantastic work that primary schools have done in setting up social bubbles and getting most year 6’s back into school mixing students from different social bubbles in different schools mixing for one day at PACA just seemed the wrong thing to do.

We have therefore decided to run transition in the following ways:  

  1. We have recorded a series of welcome videos from key staff including tutors which you can see at the bottom of this page
  2. We know there are a small number of students who will particularly benefit from a visit to PACA and we have sent out invitations to these students to meet key staff members ahead of the start of the year.

Additionally, if you had previously signed up for the ‘Select Student’ event then your son/daughter has been invited in on Friday 17th to play some games and get to know some other students in similar positions to themselves. Both of these invitations are optional and we have asked that you confirm your son/daughters place.

We will run our summer school. The guidance which has come out is clear that we can do this, in line with the current guidance of having groups of not more than 15.  As such, I will be writing to those who have booked places for summer school in WC 13th July.

Transition work

We have set two pieces of transition work aimed at helping our staff to get to know our incoming students better and to encourage them to reflect on what they have learned from primary school.

Additionally we have advised completing short assessments via Century Tech to help us even further in understanding where our students strengths and weaknesses are.

To access this work and to gain instruction on how to complete it please click here

Uniform and equipment

In the Parent and Carer Handbook there is guidance on uniform and equipment. Most uniform can be bought from Normally we would offer a chance to test for sizing at transition day, but of course this year we cannot so Sussex Uniforms have kindly added downloadable tape measures via the above link so that you can measure your child and send in measurements for online orders.The deadline for ordering uniform is 31st July however, we do advise ordering as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Orders made after the 31st July will not arrive in time for the start of the school year.As ever, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via

Meet The Team

While we are still in lockdown we have recorded these brief messages to tell you a little more about joining PACA and so that you can put a name to a face (excusing our lockdown haircuts of course!)

Mr Poston Principal

Mr Jones Head of Year

Mrs Jenkins Pastoral Manager

Mrs McBrien SENCO

Tutors Welcome

Mr McCarthy Delta 1

Miss Fisher Delta 2

Mrs Lamb Dragon 1

Miss Cheetham Dragon 2

Miss Barnett Luna 1

Miss Gray Luna 2

Miss Fairhurst Victory 1

Miss Webb Victory 2

 Tips from Year 7

This is an exciting time to be joining PACA.  We are absolutely passionate about making PACA the best it has ever been.  For us this means helping all our students develop their character ready for the 21st century, it means helping everyone at PACA contribute to making it a kind, positive and enjoyable place to live and grow, and it means building a school that is excited about learning every single day.  We’re a growing school with a great track record of results.

We are looking forward to you joining our community to get the most out of the years ahead. In the meantime we hope that everyone is staying safe and well.

You can see the advice we give all students joining the Academy on our New to PACA? page. If you have any further queries about transition that have not been answered here please do not hesitate to contact our head of Year 7, Mr Mike Jones,  on

Staff could not do more to make pupils’ transition from primary school happy, with a summer school, visits and lessons in advance, and activities to help pupils get to know each other. - Ofsted, 2016

We thought the transition was managed wonderfully and they really benefited from already knowing the campus and some of the staff and other pupils before they began last September. From our perspective it went very smoothly and they both had a very positive start to their time at PACA, which seems to have continued over the year. - PACA parent


I just wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the parents evening this week. Every teacher knew who my child was, had a specific reference either to the targets she is working towards, or a recent piece of work completed or test result. And they were able to shed some light on how choices for GCSE will work and what the content of some of those GCSEs would involve.

I’m fortunate to have a child who engages well with her education - but rather than hear the usual - that she is hard working and nice - (which is nice to hear) I received meaningful feedback which included how she is being perceived and how she could improve things - this was really valuable and surpassed my expectations.

I’d like to say a well done to all involved and the evening was really reassuring on the level of teaching which PACA is providing for us. - PACA parent

This school has helped me improve my skills in every lesson. - PACA student