DACA STUDENTS ARE “IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN”
Record A Level results announced
Students from the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) Sixth Form are celebrating record-breaking A Level examination results.
The Academy has recorded a 98% pass rate, with a quarter of the results at A* and A grades, and 36% of the results at A*, A and B grades.
DACA Principal, Brendan Loughran, said:
“For the second year in a row, the Academy will see a dramatic increase in Darwen students progressing to University and the indication from these results is that all University applicants will have secured their places.
With the combination of the experiences of the Academy’s entrepreneurship curriculum and the good grades, the Academy students are in a league of their own when it comes to progressing into Higher Education or the workplace.”
Saba Ali Shah will read Law at Manchester Met and said:
“I can’t believe that I am going to Uni! I can’t thank my teachers enough; I will be the first in my family to go to University.”
Charlotte Conn is also going to Manchester Met to read Psychology and Demi Hennan will go to UCLAN in Preston to study for her degree in Art and said:
“I’ve never been so happy - DACA believed in me! I can’t wait for university now”.
For the first time, the Academy offered students the opportunity to study for the Extended Project, a piece of independent study graded to A Level standard.
Tom Thornber, Dom Holden and James Eastham all achieved A*, the highest grade possible. Tom will read Engineering at University. Dom secured his place at Lancaster University to read mathematics and said:
“I am so happy I achieved an A* in maths, I don’t think my teachers could have done any more to help me!”
James plans to go to University in 2012, but will make full use of his gap year having secured a place in the prestigious Greater Manchester Volunteer Corps.
Pictured are Katie Stewart and Keri Spears. Katie will go to UCLan in Preston to study for a degree in Social Work. She says her ambition is based on her experiences visiting social enterprises when the Sixth Form visited New York in 2009. Katie added “I can’t believe I am going to University! It doesn’t feel real! I can’t thank the Academy enough!”.
Keri has also secured a place at UCLan to study a degree in Police and Criminal Investigation and said “University didn’t even cross my mind before entering the Sixth Form! I couldn’t have had better teachers or better support to achieve this, I am so happy!”.
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Posted on Thu, August 18, 2011
by Darwen Academy