Community college celebrates another ‘improved’ set of results

Lola-Mai with PACA head of art Sharon Durham
Lola-Mai with PACA head of art Sharon Durham

Students and staff at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) are celebrating another year of improved results today.

The percentage of students achieving at least A* to A grades or equivalent has increased by 13 percentage points from 60 per cent to 73 per cent.

A further 82.9 per cent of students have achieved at least one A* to B grade or its equivalent.

Almost half – 44 per cent – of all grades this year awarded were A* to A or the equivalent.

This is in addition to an impressive 100 per cent pass rate in vocational qualifications.

An increased number of students achieved three qualifications at the highest grades – 37 per cent.

In IT, Sport and Travel and Tourism qualifications, 100 per cent of students achieved the equivalent of A* to B.

In media, 85 per cent of students, and in business, 75 per cent of students achieved the top grades.

Half of the art students and 20 per cent of photography students achieved A* grades.

Amongst the students celebrating were Clarice Genova, who achieved ABBC (Italian, chemistry, maths and physics, respectively); and Jack Kelly and Thomas Gun who both achieved D*D* in both IT subsidiary diploma and media diploma (equivalent to 3.5 A*-B at A level).

Ben Buckwell, Ben Burgess, Luke Edwards and Luke Kramer all achieved three Distinction* grades.

Lola-Mai Gurr is also celebrating achieving A* grades in both her art and photography A-levels.

Lola-Mai said: “I’ve had such a fantastic time year at PACA6 and PACA, I’m so grateful to all of the staff, especially Ms Durham who’s been a fantastic inspiration to me and all my peers.

“I’ve made some fantastic friends and I have learned so much from the amazing teachers.

“I’m really looking forward to starting my art degree at Brighton University.”

Principal Katie Scott added: “I’d like to congratulate our students and staff who have worked hard to overcome the increased challenge and rigor of the new exam specifications.

“The percentage of students achieving the highest grades continues to increase and, in many of our courses, students have achieved higher grades than their GCSE results predicted.”