Virtual Open Evening

Welcome to PACA!

If you are considering schools for your child to start in Year 7 in September next year on this page I hope that you will find all the information you need to give you a real feel for life at PACA, and what makes this a special place to learn.

We are a small secondary school, but one that has been growing in popularity and results in recent years. Normally at this time of year I'm delighted to welcome parents and children in to see our great facilities, meet our teachers and chat to our students, who are always the best ambassadors for our school.

Sadly this year, of course, that isn't possible, but I hope the videos and information on this site will help you towards deciding that PACA is the right choice for your child to flourish and enjoy their important teenage years. Inevitably we won't have answered every question, however, so please don't hesitate to contact me personally, via my email, if you would like to arrange a chat to discuss any questions you or your daughter or son may have.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Mark Poston, Principal

Come in and see .... a virtual tour of the academy with our staff & students


Principal Mark Poston talks about learning, growing and enjoying life at PACA

Mr Poston's talk will give you a real insight into all aspects of the academic, cultural and fun side of the academy, with comments from our most recent Year 7s about how they have found the move to PACA.

If you would prefer to view a short version of Mr Poston's talk please click here.

Hear about some of the subjects we teach





Performing Arts - coming soon 











Religious Education 

Food Technology 




More information on the subjects we teach 

Our prospectus

View document general/paca_prospectus_2021-22.pdf


Alternatively, you can open a copy of our prospectus by clicking on this link.

We have the advantage of being both a local community school and benefiting from the support of a national educational trust, Aldridge Education.

You can find out more about how being part of the Aldridge family benefits our students and school in this trust brochure. 



Any questions? Want to find out more?

To arrange an informal chat with Mr Poston, please email

You can also see answers to some popular questions we get asked at open evenings by clicking this link.

Applying for a place at PACA in Year 7 for September 2021

As a community academy PACA operates under the Brighton and Hove Admissions Criteria for secondary schools. When your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school, you will have to apply for a school place through the Brighton & Hove secondary schools admissions process. The deadline to apply for a school place is 31st October 2020.

For more information, please contact the Schools Admissions Team, at Brighton & Hove Council:

Tel: 01273 293653


Alternatively you can visit the Brighton & Hove Council website

You can download the pupil registration form here.

Download our Admissions policy and over-subscription criteria

The pupil admission number for the school is 240.
Click here to read the guide to Secondary School Admissions