Academy of the Year 2010

The Darwen Aldridge Community Academy was a finalist in the Academy of the Year category at the Education Investor Awards 2010. While DACA did not win in the end, staff and students are proud to have made the shortlist after only being open for 2 years.

The Academy has seen huge improvements to its GCSE results in that time – this year 49% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths, an increase of 26 percentage points from last year, and every student passed at least one GCSE.

In addition, the Academy opened in a new building, right at the heart of Darwen.

Rod Aldridge, Chairman of The Aldridge Foundation, said he was pleased that the Academy had made final shortlist.

“I am really proud of our success, and for this endorsement of our approach, putting entrepreneurial thinking at the heart of what we do.

We have always been clear that the Academy is not just a place where students come to study, it is far more than that – it is a community asset, something for everyone to use and feel part of.”