Business and Education United During Academy's 'Enterprise Week'

The Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA), capitalised on its unique entrepreneurship specialism during Global Enterprise Week (w/c 17 November), encouraging its students to maximise their enterprising skills by hosting its very own ‘Enterprise Week’.

The week saw pupils, from years 7-11, and their teachers engage in enterprising initiatives covering fashion, food, the local economy, marketing and learning Chinese.

The ‘Pink Passion Party’ which supported ‘Women’s Enterprise Day’ (Wednesday 19th November) and ‘Grow It, Box It, Sell It’ which formed a part of ‘Social Enterprise Day’ (Thursday 20th November) were just two of the exciting initiatives that took place at the Academy during the week. ‘The Pink Passion Party’ celebrated local female entrepreneurs and was supported by local fashion boutique, The Collection, as well as national retailer, George at ASDA.

‘Grow It, Box It, Sell It’, a social enterprise challenge for year 8 students, saw local organic food producers and gardeners emphasise why they are important to both the local community and economy. Reedy’s Naturally, a local luxury Jam business based in Oswaldtwistle, was just one of the businesses that supported the Academy in this initiative. As well as sampling the delicious wares, students also had the opportunity to challenge their business brains by working alongside the Academy’s Maths and Science departments to devise a concept for their own local food production business.