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Unlocking Potential


Form Prospectus

Welcome to PACA Sixth Form Meet the Principal

Choosing your Sixth Form is an important decision and you need to find the place that best suits your interests, skills and talents and prepares you for your next step, whatever that might be.

“Our focus on developing entrepreneurial attributes of problem solving, team work, creativity, risk-taking, passion and determination, help PACA students to pursue happy and successful lives, whatever you choose to do.

Our goal is to give you an outstanding and enjoyable education, to prepare you to be happy, successful adults in whatever you choose to do and ensure that you are ‘life ready’ for whatever comes next.

PACA has specialist teachers in all areas working in state of the art facilities. We have a STEM centre, Mac suite and specialist dance and art studios, as well as classrooms equipped with cutting edge technology. I am therefore confident that PACA is the school that will enable you to achieve your full potential, whether you enjoy art, science, sport, creative writing, computer coding, dance, digital media or something else.

PACA’s Sixth Form has 250 places. About half our Sixth Form stay with us from Year 11 and about half are new to PACA in Year 12. We are based in the heart of Mile Oak in Portslade, Brighton with regular buses from across the City stopping right outside the academy.

In addition to pursuing academic excellence, PACA students participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These include using our community library and on site sports centre and being involved in leadership, community and charitable activities.You therefore develop both your academic and life skills.

We have an impressive new Sixth Form Centre as part of a £12.7m campus development, including a state of the art STEM Centre and science wing, Dance studio, community library, adult education centre, plus fantastic ICT facilities, including a Mac suite, and a number of business pods to support our entrepreneurial specialism.

Our focus on developing entrepreneurial attributes of problem solving, team work, creativity, risk-taking, passion and determination, help PACA students to pursue happy and successful lives, whatever you choose to do.”

Curriculum Offer

Katie Scott

Head of PACA Sixth Form “I am the Head of Sixth Form at PACA. Sixth Form is a very different experience from years 7 to 11. There are new subjects to study and new ways of learning. At the same time you become young adults in the Academy community with more freedom and more responsibility for managing yourself and your progress. I am here to help you make that transition successfully, to make the most of your time in the Sixth Form, get the very best results you can, and help you choose your pathway on from PACA to whatever you choose to do next in your life. Sixth Form is an exciting time. I am proud to be Head of PACA Sixth Form and I am your first port of call with any questions and ideas you have. I look forward to you joining us.”

Areas for private study

We offer a diverse curriculum with a whole school specialism in entrepreneurship and STEM. You can choose from a mix of traditional A Levels and BTECs, alongside a number of specialist academies focusing on digital media, cricket, dance and football. We work closely with you to help you choose subjects appropriate for your style of learning and interests and which lead to your chosen pathway on from PACA, which may be to university, college, an apprenticeship, employment with training, or even starting your own business. Our goal is to enrich the lives of our students and for you all to be successful.This means providing a curriculum that is personalised so that all students thrive in your studies, enjoy your work and progress smoothly to whatever comes after PACA. There are three curriculum pathways you can follow:



Minimum Entry Requirements

Academic and vocational A Levels

3 or 4 subjects

5 GCSE grades A*- C including English and maths and if applicable additional subject specific grade requirements at GCSE

Vocational A Level equivalents

3 subjects plus either English or maths GCSE re- sit

5 GCSE grades A*- C with either English or maths

Level 2 (GCSE equivalent)

GCSE English and maths re-sit and two BTEC courses

5 GCSE grades A*- G

Dr Wendy Garnham

PACA Sponsors We are an academy. Our lead sponsor is the Aldridge Foundation and our co-sponsor is Brighton and Hove Council. Lead Sponsor

The Aldridge Foundation is an educational charity founded by Sir Rod Aldridge OBE to help young people to reach their potential and improve their communities. To achieve this the Foundation sponsors a small number of non-selective community schools across England.


Brighton and Hove County Council co-sponsors the Academy and sits alongside the Aldridge Foundation on the Governing body. BHCC take the lead in developing the community services (adult education, library and sports centre) hosted at the school.


We have strong links with several high performing universities and a close working relationship with our local universities, Sussex and Brighton, enabling students to benefit from access to university library facilities and online mentors. Our motto is ‘Unlocking Potential’ and in addition to academic excellence we focus on four main areas; employability, life skills, great community contribution and positive mind and body. Some of these are core skills and others are about enrichment. In combination they help you to be ready for success in life, education and work.


Employability We want to make sure our students get outstanding results and provide a varied curriculum with the opportunity for students to focus on areas of special interest. An Outstanding Education

We put great emphasis on the quality of teaching and learning and expect all students to have excellent attendance and punctuality to make the most of your time in sixth form. Every student is expected to make good progress and the sixth form staff works closely with students to help them achieve your goals. We support our students with a variety of teaching methods and study support, as well as the Aspiration Centre and a programme to stretch students who show particular ability in a subject. There is also an in school library open after school every day and at weekends for private study.


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There is a strong focus on developing entrepreneurial attributes in all our students. The six PACA entrepreneurial attributes are passion, determination, risk taking, problemsolving, teamwork and creativity. We believe these qualities will help every PACA student lead a successful and happy life, whatever you choose to do. These attributes underpin academy life and are recognised and rewarded.

Entrepreneurship activities for Sixth Formers have included:

Business Game Challenge

Run by Sussex University, a group of students were tasked with managing an investment portfolio and competing against other colleges from across Sussex. PACA was overall runner up.

Organising Hove Business Awards

Sixth Formers planned and hosted the annual Hove Business Awards for local businesses at PACA. This involved planning and overseeing the event to make sure it worked for the Hove Business Association and sponsors, as well as the many attendees.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Each November we take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week. Previous events have included a full school competition to launch community projects, judged by local residents with a prize fund, and a networking event to find collaborators, mentors and investors to bring some of these ideas to life. Last year PACA worked with our sister school, BACA, to develop ideas to create a more sustainable city as part of an Aldridge Foundation event which won a high impact award. A team from PACA received a special mention for their fantastic research.


When students apply for universities or work you are expected to offer more than purely academic skills. At PACA all Sixth Formers undertake an enrichment programme to help your CV stand out from the crowd. Enrichment activities include work experience, developing a special skill or talent, entrepreneurship, charity and community based activities. Students are expected to spend a few hours each week on enrichment activities. Students gain useful skills and learning for your CV and give something back to the local community at the same time.



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We help students choose the best pathway on from PACA. We have close links with universities, a strong careers advice offer, links to apprenticeships and an increasing number of work based links developing within the academy.


Life Skills PACA provides plenty of opportunities to follow your passions and develop interests that suit your skills. We have lots of extracurricular clubs and activities ranging from Dance to Coding to STEM and we nurture both group and individual talents.

We also build strong social skills in our students throughout their time in the academy. Sixth Formers are asked to set the standards for the younger students and often our Sixth Formers mentor and support younger students in the Academy and in the local primary schools. We have a Leadership Council for students, a focus on British Values, including tolerance and democracy, and an emphasis on fair play.

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Broadening our students’ experiences of other cultures is another aim. In the last few years our sixth formers have been to Costa Rica on a conservation project and to help out in an orphanage. Another group of sixth formers went on a cricket tour to South Africa, having raised the funds themselves through a variety of events. On tour between matches they were able to visit the local area, including trips to Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula. They were extremely moved by their visit to Robben Island and coaching young children in the Fisantekraal Township.

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We encourage lifelong learning, supported by the library, a full adult education programme and strong links with universities and other academic bodies.



Sixth Form students put on regular exhibitions of their fantastic art work around the school, including some permanent installations which you will see when you visit us.

Creative Writing

A group of sixth formers went to an Arvon residential creative writing course, with workshops and tutorials from professional writers and time and space to write and reflect in a beautiful rural location.


Recent projects include making and selling a range of natural cosmetic beauty products from materials grown in our plantation. Students are also designing and making the packaging using glass fusing. Another group have built a working electric car, while a third group are coding a game and building robots.




Great Members of the Community PACA is a community academy and we expect our students to support each other and to make a positive contribution to the broader community in which we live and work.

Youth in Action awards

Social Action Committee

The Social Action Committee is very active and has just won Charity Achievement of the Year in the Argus Youth in Action Awards. With a record number of nominations, they have raised thousands of pounds for charities ranging from supporting the global Nepal earthquake appeal to fundraising for the local Martlets Hospice. 22 of our students won Rotary International Young Citizen Awards for people who have made a positive difference to their local community.

Leo Club

We are one of only two schools in Sussex to have a school Leo club, a youth organisation of Lions Clubs international. Leo stands for Leadership, Experience and Opportunity. Students have the chance to serve their local community, develop valuable leadership skills and have some fun at the same time.

Sixth Form Primary School Sports Tournament

Earlier this year, PACA’s Sixth Form sports students ran primary schools athletics competition. This was part of their coursework, where students are required to organise a sporting event. This provided an opportunity for the students to work effectively as a team and to build relationships with a range of people, as well as providing a fantastic event for the younger children.

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Two Sixth Formers at PACA painted the Words on Wheels mobile bookshop for Mile Oak Primary School. It was revealed to the primary pupils in a special assembly. Words on Wheels are now developing a second hand book-selling business.

Aldridge Foundation community

We are all members of the Aldridge Foundation community. Our sponsor provides opportunities to work with students from other Aldridge schools and also to take part in projects they develop such as Art@Work. This programme is funded by Arts Council England and delivered by the Aldridge Foundation in partnership with two leading local arts organisations, Photoworks and Lighthouse. It gives students first-hand experience of how to become a creative professional. One Art@Work project culminated in an exhibition of PACA students’ photographic work, displayed in light boxes in Jubilee Square during the internationally renowned Photography Festival. The Royal BBQ picture has now been included in Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour, starting from the Turner Contemporary and then travelling around the country.

Learning Community

We are part of a broader learning community. We have close relationships with a number of universities and PACA students have the opportunity to visit universities as well as students visiting us. We have access to the university libraries and to online mentors to help support your studies and your path to university or college if that is what you choose to do next.


Positive Mind and Body We want our students to do the very best they can at PACA. Wellbeing is a key part of your progress. Teenage years present a mix of opportunities and challenges to young people and our aim is to help you make the most of your opportunities at the same time as keeping yourself safe, happy and well. A primary focus is ensuring the safety of our students and we have robust systems in place with regard to Safeguarding, Health and Safety and pastoral care. Nearly all students run into difficulty from time to time during their Sixth Form. Whether it’s worrying about course choices, exam stress, relationships, college life, pathways on from college or challenges outside school life, we aim to provide fast and helpful support to help students learn, manage and move forwards. We want students to be confident and resilient. We work with our students to build self-esteem and a positive self- image.

Pastoral Support

PACA has a strong pastoral system in place to help support students achieve their full potential. Students have a form tutor who you will see every day. The tutor is responsible for students’ progress and the first port of call for any concerns. They will either be able to help you or refer you to the right person. The form tutors are supported by Heads of School and a variety of specialist teams in school, including experts in supporting the most able, the Aspiration Centre for students with Special Needs and access to a counsellor for students who need some focussed individual support. These teams are supported in turn by the Senior Leadership Team and the Principal and we have access to outside agencies for additional help if required.


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Students belong to one of four schools at PACA. The school system fosters support and co-operation between students and an opportunity to work with students of different ages.  



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Sport and Exercise

PACA has a sports specialism. We have specialist sports academies for Football, Cricket and Dance and an on-site sports centre. We run a programme on Inspiring Women in Sport and have some international sportswomen in the sports academies. All sixth formers have access to the sports centre gym, whether you are members of the Sports Academies or not.

Personal Social and Health Education

At PACA, we run an extensive PSHE programme.The content varies from tutor group exercises and food awareness weeks to outside speakers giving talks. Mental health is a growing concern for young people. We offer stress busting sessions to all students and exam stress management for young people who are particularly anxious. We run awareness sessions on the type of mental health challenges young people may face and how best to support them. We also work to support those in difficulty through the most appropriate mix of peer support, staff support, access to specialists and working closely with students and their families.

Creative Writing Retreat

Sixth Form creative writing students were given a rare opportunity to expand their imaginative skills when they attended a residential creative writing retreat in Devon with the Arvon Foundation earlier this year. Novelist Tiffany Murray and playwright Christopher William Hill delivered exciting writing workshops every morning, leaving the afternoon for in-depth individual tutorials, personal writing projects and reflection. The beautiful surroundings, away from modern technology, and a total focus on creativity gave students an experience they won’t forget. Students felt it improved their self-esteem, confidence in their ideas and gave them lots of new experiences.

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BDMA – Brighton Digital Media Academy Brighton hosts one of the most impressive clusters of digital media companies in the country. There are well over 1000 digital media and technology companies based in Brighton and the creative industries account for over one fifth of all jobs in the local economy. The digital media sector is exciting, fast changing and growing two and a half times as fast in Brighton as nationally. PACA has partnered with Brighton’s first local television station, Latest TV, to offer a new Digital Media Academy to students, offering you a digital media education, combined with real life work practice. Alongside our anchor partner, Latest TV, we have secured partnerships with over 25 successful creative digital media organisations, which have all committed to providing exciting opportunities and experiences to enrich your learning, and give you every opportunity to succeed in this industry.

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The BDMA offers a diverse curriculum where you can choose from a range of Level 2 and Level 3 media qualifications along with professional industry training, uniquely delivered through a blend of experienced digital media teaching professionals and industry experts. Your learning and practical experience will be developed through live project briefs commissioned through our many digital media industry partners, giving you first hand experience of working on a real project with real targets and outcomes.

You will have access to a working TV studio and editing suite and the chance to work with a number of famous media brands on projects ranging from TV and web content to games and digital marketing. The BDMA is fast becoming the focal point for the city’s digital media education, as well as providing creative and digital media training for the sector. The unique offer of the academy is the diverse and exciting curriculum and the relationship between the digital media industry and educators. Our educational offer has been designed to inspire, motivate, nurture talent and support students in achieving your full potential. You will be fully prepared for employment, having gained skills and experience on live projects, combined with entrepreneurial and forward thinking attributes. With your support network of industry partners, built during your time at the BDMA, this will launch you into and help support your progression as a future pioneer of this vibrant sector.


Sports Academies The PACA sports academies give students the opportunity to follow their passion for sport alongside their academic qualifications. Our post 16 study programmes integrate with the sports academies’ training and development blocks giving students the chance to develop their sporting talent and academic qualifications together, rather than having to choose between the two, or having to deal with conflicting training and college work schedules. The sports academies provide specific and intensive training programmes for students to develop their individual skills and techniques. These programmes are delivered by dedicated coaching teams in excellent facilities.

Director of Sport Simon Funnell Simon took up the newly created role of Director of Sport in September 2013. Overseeing the development of all sports to increase opportunities for all students to get involved with sport, he also aims to develop programmes to support gifted and talented players. Simon holds an ECB Level 3 and an MSc in Coaching from Loughborough University. He has coached youth teams, in schools and universities in the UK and internationally. “I feel passionately that sport can conquer many prejudices, bringing communities and people together. With a strong sporting background and a fantastic rise in academic standards the Sports Academies offer excellent opportunities to all and I am really enjoying working with the talented and dedicated team at PACA. My aim is to get more students playing and enjoying sport, and to produce county, national and international players in a variety of sports.�



Cricket Academy The Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA) is a unique partnership between Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) and the Sussex Cricket Board, supported by Sussex County Cricket Club. Our Aims: • • • •

Allow players to develop their cricket skills alongside their academic qualifications Develop the wide range of skills required to be successful at the highest level in cricket Introduce the players to the wide and varied culture of cricket around the world with tours Forge strong partnerships with the First Class Club and other relevant organisations such as universities to provide the players with clear and appropriate pathways

The Cricket Academy provides specific and intensive cricket coaching programmes for male and female cricketers, delivered by a dedicated coaching team consisting of ECB qualified coaches and other specialist coaches in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Coaching. There are a range of components to the cricket programme which include technical, tactical, psychological, strength and conditioning, and coaching education elements. The programme is designed to help maximise the potential of every player regardless of their ability or playing aspirations.

Playing Programme

With the development of the Aldridge Cricket Academy cricket ground at BACA, which will include a premier league standard cricket square, a new pavilion and indoor cricket school, the Academy will be superbly equipped to play excellent competitive fixtures against a wide range of schools and representative teams.

“Our aim is to fine tune and develop specific skills, enhance cricket awareness, and improve overall performance to enable you to succeed at the highest level. We have big ambitions for our ACA students and our aim is that boys and girls will go on from the programme to play representative cricket for Sussex and to aspire to reaching international standard in the game.” Sir Rod Aldridge OBE, Chairman of the Aldridge Foundation.

“Having worked in the University and the Independent School sector, I am enjoying developing cricketers in the State system. I learnt my game at Primary School and feel that the ACA has the potential to allow many young people to help realise their potential in sport. The passion of PACA for sport is evident and I am looking forward to developing a comprehensive Cricket Academy set up in which boys and girls of all

Ground-Breaking Cricket Tour to South Africa Over twenty Cricket Academy students recently returned from a ground-breaking tour to South Africa. The cricketers spent eight days in South Africa improving cricketing skills through playing local teams in pitch and climate conditions that are very different to those in England. The students also learnt about the country’s culture through visiting significant sites and coaching local children. For some of the travelling party this was their first ever trip abroad so it was certainly a life changing experience for them all. The Tour was a valuable learning experience as it pushed the students’ sporting boundaries. Tara Norris, a PACA Sixth Form student who participated in the England Women’s U-19 pace bowling camp in South Africa just before this tour, said “I learnt to make the most of every opportunity and to be pushed outside my comfort zone, as great things happened when I did this.”

The players were inspired by the attitude of the teams they played against and their enthusiasm for the sport. Dale Hunt, second team captain, said “It was a privilege to play alongside these competitors and it made me realise that, regardless of what equipment you have, you play cricket for the enjoyment and the team spirit.” The students also had the opportunity to experience South Africa’s culture as they visited sites including Table Mountain, Sahara Park Newlands Cricket Ground, Buffelsfontein Game and Nature Reserve, and the Cape Peninsula. A couple of experiences stood out for many of the players. “Robben Island shocked me with the conditions Nelson Mandela had to stay in. How someone was able to come out of a place like that with no hatred or anger is inspirational,” said Tom Haynes. Coaching children at the Fisantekraal Township was “such an emotional experience which will remind me every day how grateful I am for everything I have,” said Tara Norris.

backgrounds can push themselves to the highest level.” Alexia Walker, Director of Cricket Sussex and former England Academy Player, Youngest ever ECB Level 4 Coach.

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Dance Academy

Football Academy

At the Dance Academy, each student follows a tailored programme to enhance and develop their individual skills and techniques. We explore many skills such as body co-ordination, alignment, projection, dynamic quality, creativity and coaching.

The Football Academy is open to both male and female players with training programmes individually tailored to suit the needs of the individual, delivered by a dedicated coaching team, including specialist coaches in the fields of Strength and Conditioning.

The programme aims to develop the keen dancer whether they wish to progress to a full time career related to Dance or simply have a strong passion for the subject. We also study the art of costume, lighting and staging to develop students’ all-round skill sets.

Our Aims:

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Allow students to follow their passion for Dance alongside their academic qualifications Broaden technical, performance and choreographic skills in order to achieve dancing excellence Explore many different genres and techniques and be able to apply them where necessary Build strong links and connections with other organisations and schools to allow for many performance opportunities


We follow an intense programme allowing students to gain the fundamentals that are required to perform and develop actions correctly. Ballet and contemporary techniques are used to sculpt and maximise posture, alignment and co-ordination as well as modern and jazz for successful style and musicality. We work on strength and flexibility to increase movement capability and performance. By studying different genres and expanding their knowledge this will help students to prepare for further training, whether this is applying for London-based dance schools or developing a career in teaching.

Career Opportunities

Students can go on to further dance courses at any of the top London-based dance schools, which will set them in good stead to achieve professional dance credits and open up opportunities to perform in TV and West End productions, on cruise ships and abroad. Students may wish to pursue a career as a dance teacher and there are many avenues for them to pursue in the public or private sector, whether as a freelance dance teacher or a coach, in many styles, from ballet and tap to modern.

“What a fantastic opportunity for the talented youth of today, to be able to combine your love and passion for Dance with your academic subjects. I was fortunate enough to be taught by one of your dance teachers. It was great to have a teacher in a school setting with such a strong professional technique, and fresh creative ideas. Her youthful energy was amazing to relate to as a student, as well as having her finger on the pulse of what was needed for the industry. With the guidance and drive the Academy has I have no doubt that this is the start of something great and I look forward to watching the Dance Academy grow.” Denzel Daniels, Professional Dancer/ X Factor Performer

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Every student will experience a comprehensive training and playing programme with a range of components including technical, tactical, psychological and coach education elements. The programme is designed to help maximise the potential of every player regardless of their ability or playing aspirations.

Training Programme

The methods used and the techniques taught are endorsed by the Sussex County FA. The players will undertake a thorough programme based on skill and tactical development, strength and conditioning, competitive matches and nonplaying opportunities such as officiating and coaching. The Football Academy programme aims to provide the students with a far-reaching experience of a number of career pathways within the sport.

Links to Local Clubs

Sussex County FA is a key partner of the Football Academy. The Academy has established strong links with many local clubs and representative teams to assist in providing the appropriate playing opportunities to complement the training programme.

“I have been coaching for over 15 years and see this role at PACA as a chance to share my skills, abilities and experiences with upcoming players as well as playing an important role in developing an individual player’s skills and ability levels. I also work as first team coach at Burgess Hill FC and head up the club’s youth development programme. I also oversee and coach at Brighton University in the men’s football programme based at the university’s Eastbourne site. I am excited by the challenge of coaching at PACA and am looking forward to building and adding to the excellent foundation already set up at the academy.” Paul Dollner

There is a full fixture list against some of the leading schools in Sussex in both League and Cup competitions. PACA and our sister Academy in Brighton, BACA, have junior academies with regular inter-house competitions, where the Football Academy students have the opportunity to hone leadership and organisational skills as they help run and officiate at these events.

We understand the importance of the performance opportunity - not only does it create a sense of achievement but it also allows the performer to progress and gain a better understanding of the industry. Our fantastic new Dance Studio, complete with mirrors, ballet bar and sprung flooring, creates a professional and inviting environment for training and creativity. We work towards pieces for several performances throughout the year both at the Academy and in the City.


Allow players to develop their football skills alongside their academic qualifications Develop the wide range of skills required to be successful at the highest level in football Introduce players to different environments and cultures through trips and tours Forge strong links with local and national clubs and organisations to provide players with clear and appropriate pathways

Competitions and Fixtures


We work closely with local feeder schools and students also have the opportunity to coach and deliver exciting material to other passionate individuals.

Tour Opportunities

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Through our extensive contacts, the Football Academy will arrange trips and tours, giving the students the opportunity to broaden their skills in new environments and cultures.


Choosing your Sixth Form is exciting, but it is also natural to feel some anxiety about making the right decision for you. We will do everything we can to help you feel settled and happy at PACA.

Unlocking Potential

There is a transition programme during year 11 to help students choose their Sixth Form and students from elsewhere are welcome to visit the school at any time. At the beginning of the school year the academy opens for two days just for the Sixth Form and Year 7, so you can start to settle in and find your way round before the rest of the students return. If you have any questions Dr Wendy Garnham would be delighted to hear from you so please contact her on







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PACA Sixth Form Prospectus 2016  
PACA Sixth Form Prospectus 2016