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Curriculum

Students in the Academy follow the National Curriculum. Our ‘core business’ is teaching and learning and we ensure that this is of the highest standard. Our aim is to provide a truly personalised education experience for every student in the Academy. Consequently the curriculum at DACA is reviewed annually in order to develop a programme of study which best meets the needs of all our students in order for them to realise their potential.

The Academy curriculum offers a wide range of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, encouraging students to develop their key skills of literacy (click here to view the Word of the Week), numeracy (click here to view the numeracy quiz of the Week), and oracy whilst becoming confident and independent learners. Some of the main differences noticed by the studentsare in how the curriculum is structured, the regular assessment and emphasis on themes of entrepreneurship. The Academy curriculum provides entrepreneurship both as a discrete subject and as a theme underpinning every area of the curriculum.

Learning often takes place in longer lessons or learning sessions. It is not uncommon for a student’s timetabled day to consist of just two extended learning sessions to keep student ‘down-time’ from moving between lessons at a minimum, removing any unnecessary distraction away from learning. Longer learning sessions are broken up by a morning break (breakfast) and an afternoon break (lunch) and students have the opportunity and dedicated space for recreational activity at these times. Every student is encouraged to participate in ‘session three’ of extracurricular or enrichment activity.

Students are regularly assessed on their attainment and progress and receive a report three times per year as part of our Praising Entrepreneurs Programme. Curriculum and pastoral staff continuously monitor student achievement and we welcome parents and carers into school to discuss their son or daughter’s progress. There are opportunities during the year for students and parents and carers to review and celebrate progress, including Induction Day, Parent’s Evening, Year 7 and 12 Settling In Evening, Commendation Assemblies and Awards Evening.

In addition to the traditional academic curriculum, there are a range of vocational options available for all students as they progress through the Academy, and an emphasis on promoting participation in extra-curricular activities. Our aim is to provide a truly personalised education for every student in the Academy.

All students study Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education which is delivered through the curriculum and daily activities during tutor time, as well as calendared learning events including volunteering, and opportunities for students to be socially responsible. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of students, which helps to prepare students for the responsibilities and experiences of later life, is developed through the calendared weekly focus (click here to view the weekly SMSC focus). Students are encouraged to discuss and think about modern British values and society, as well as the challenges faced across the globe in the technologically diverse 21st century.

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Key Stage 3 at DACA is a three year curriculum. Each year group is split into two populations, both of which are divided into four tutor groups:

Students follow the new National Curriculum and are supported to progress in each subject area at the rate that best suits them. In Key Stage 3 students study English, Maths, Science, Computing, Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education), Design Technology, Creative and Performing Arts, a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish), PE and PSHCEE. Each faculty area places students in the ability group which is appropriate for them, except for Computing, Entrepreneurship, and Technology where students are taught in mixed ability groups. In Year 9 students focus on pre-GCSE skills to prepare them for the new style GCSE (9-1) qualifications they will experience in years 10 and 11.

A summary of the time allocation for each subject at Key Stage 3 is shown in the table below:


Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

In Key Stage 4 all students work predominantly towards GCSE qualifications and study the core subjects of English Language, Maths, Science, PE and PSHCEE:


Students receive information, advice and guidance during Year 9, including one to one meetings with senior staff in the autumn term, subject assemblies, ‘taster’ lessons and a personalised meeting with parents prior to making their option choices in the spring. Most students chose one of two Science routes: separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or Combined Science and three guided option choices from a broad mixture of academic and vocational two year courses. All students in Year 10 have had a choice of a wide range of option subjects, studying one from each of the following three blocks:

 

Key Stage 5: Sixth Form

Students choose from a broad range of Level 3 academic and vocational courses, and enrichment Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) qualifications which allow progression opportunities from Key Stage 4 and on to university, employment or further training.

Typically students will choose 3 or 4 Level 3 courses within their programme of study. Each subject is allocated 5hrs 20 minutes per week and students complete a minimum of 540 GLH per year. Students receive information, advice and guidance about the optimum combination of subjects to choose in order to fulfil their future progression and career ambitions.  Students are also able to tailor their programme of study to meet their particular requirements and needs. For example, it is possible to combine A Levels with vocational qualifications. Students without at least grade C in GCSE mathematics or English Language are required to re-sit these qualifications in weekly classes.

In addition to the summary of post 16 choices below, students also have the opportunity to participate in an extensive enrichment programme including work experience, volunteering, participation in Career Ready, studying for an Extended Project, the Aspire Leadership Programme, supporting partner primary school art provision, membership of our specialist sports academies for football and netball, and creative and performing arts clubs.


BITE Faculty

All our business courses are aimed at preparing students for progression into employment and further education through development of required knowledge, skills and understanding.
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Department Staff


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Mrs A Scott
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Mrs S Balu
 (Assistant Director of Learning)
Miss M Billington
 (Assistant Principal)

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Ms K Greenwood
Mrs A Farrar
Mr H McWilliam
 (Assistant Principal)



Miss J Garner
Mr D Whittaker

Creative Arts Faculty

We offer GCSE Fine Art and Photography, as two separate courses in two years. Key Stage 3 curriculum consists of a carousel system, whereby students rotate through Creative and Performing Arts. It is our intention to offer a broad range of experience, handling a range of media, in preparation for successful GCSE studies.

Department Staff

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Mrs L Klinck
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Mr A Chew
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Music)
Mrs J Dean
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Drama)
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Ms D Anderson
Mr R Champion
Mr C Eplett
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Miss L Hyde
Mr D Kirsfelds
Mr C Pearson

English Faculty

The English Faculty continues to strive to be at the heart of a vibrant curriculum at DACA. We want all students to become an outstanding reader, writer and speaker of Standard English. We work with students to equip them with the communication skills that are needed in an ever changing, technologically diverse world.
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Mrs J Tipping
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Miss D Beck
 (Assistant Director of Learning: English)
Mr M Troughear
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Media Studies)
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Ms P Dobson
 (Assistant Leader of Professional Learning)
Mrs G Jenkinson
Miss C Loxham

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Ms N Rhodes
Mr J Caddy
Mrs D Doggart
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Miss C Whitehead
Miss K Mills
Mrs C Scott
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Mrs E Shepherd
Ms N Smith
Miss J Tumelty
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Mrs R Lewis




Humanities Faculty

The Humanities faculty comprises of History, Geography, RE, Travel and Tourism, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. Within Humanities we examine people and the world and our interaction in the past, present and future. At KS3 each student has a lesson of Geography, History and RE. At KS4 and KS5, students choose our subjects.

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Mrs C Jordan
(Faculty Director of Learning)
Mrs A Neal
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Geography)
Miss C Boyes
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Mrs F Beaumont
 (Vice Principal)
Mr S Butterworth
Mr D Cane
 (Vice Principal)
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Miss R Duckworth
Miss E Fletcher
Miss C Heatley
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Mr A Turner
Mr T Longhill
Mrs V Sale



Mrs L Martin
(Assistant Director of Learning:RE)
Mrs A McGovern
(Director of Professional Learning: Law)
Mrs J Chadwick



Miss S Littlewood


Maths Faculty

The Mathematics Faculty at DACA has high expectations for students and is committed to raising the standards of attainment and progress through innovative learning and teaching, and instilling a love of mathematics and numeracy in all students. The Faculty aims to challenge all students to fulfil their potential by developing deep learning of Mathematics in Years 7 and 8 and building upon this at Key Stages 4 and 5.
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Department Staff

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Mrs A Hart
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Mrs L Massey
Mr A Price
 (Assistant Director of Learning)
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Miss J Barnes
Mrs S Bhamjee
Ms L Fowles
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Miss S Latif
Mr Z Mulla
Miss C Price
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Mr I Proctor
Mr I Ramsden
Miss J Rogers
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Mr S Ryder
Mr N Tariq
Mr J Cross


Mr J Lewis
Mr S Morriss
Mr C Duggleby

Modern Languages Faculty

By taking a language at GCSE you’ll have amazing skills and a valuable talent that’s applicable to almost everything you do - so, it’s quite a handy subject really. By taking a language GCSE you don’t just learn the language, you get to find out about other people, countries and cultures so it really is an interesting and varied subject.

Department Staff

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Mr L Charruau
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Miss A Woodcock
Miss S Bunte
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Miss A Diaz

Science Faculty

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow the National curriculum in Science. The Programme allows students to improve their subject knowledge whilst understanding the relevance of Science at a global, national, local and personal level. Science is studied in one extended session per week. The extended learning sessions allow the flexibility of completing investigations or having shorter theory lessons.
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Department Staff

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Mr R Outhwaite
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Mr M Hayward
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Biology)
Mr K Stansbie
 (Assistant Director of Learning: Physics)
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Mrs N Khan
 (KS3 Science Co-ordinator)
Miss L Carter
Miss S Crompton
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Miss S Moosa
Mrs N Penny
Mrs T Sange
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Mr J Tattersall
Mr M Topping
Miss E Watts


Dr R Martin
Miss E Thomasson


Sports Faculty

Our Sports Faculty Curriculum aims to develop our students competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities whilst enhancing their health and well-being to encourage them to sustain a healthy active lifestyle.
As part of our core curriculum we develop all students’ leadership potential as a nationally designated Leadership Academy. Additionally, we aspire to enhance the students’ employability skills: developing their communication skills; team work and creativity whilst embedding competition and the School Games to enhance engagement and participation for all students.
Our Specialist Sports Academies Programme and Leadership Academy Programme promotes and develops young leaders, coaches and volunteers. We are proud of our young leaders and encourage them to work actively within our local community.
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Department Staff

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Mrs H Lunn
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Mrs L Davies
 (Assistant Director of Learning: KS3-5)
Miss H Billington
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Mrs J Davies
Miss E Dovey
Mr P Earnshaw
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Mr D Pearson
Mr A Sayle
Mr I Wilkie



Mr C Worthington
Mrs R Marrin


SEND

The Academy follows the National Curriculum however there are a number of specialist provisions available for students who need additional support to access mainstream education. The Academy uses information from Primary Schools alongside our own baseline assessments carried out on entry to identify students with additional needs. Students may access support from a number of internal and external services. These include:

  • RAISE Curriculum at Key Stage 3. Students who enter below Level 3 of the National Curriculum are placed in a small teaching group for English, Maths, Science and Humanities with full time, specialist support and specialist teaching. The curriculum is differentiated and tracked back to ensure progress in the acquisition of basic skills. In September 2015 there will be two Year 7 RAISE Groups, one of which will focus on the social and emotional aspects of learning.
  • Personalised Learning Centre. This is an offsite provision for Key Stage 4 students who have had difficulties in relation to behaviour, social and emotional skills. Curriculum is personalised to meet the learning needs of each individual student through specialist teaching and support. Students can also access provision at ‘The Heights’ which provides vocational courses at Key Stage 4.
  • STEPS. This is a provision which provides targeted intervention for vulnerable students.
  • Counsellors. The Academy has two full time counsellors who offer support for students and their families.
  • Student Services Team. This includes pastoral managers, attendance welfare officers and general support for students and their families on a daily basis.
  • Learning Support Faculty. This includes specialist teachers, higher level teaching assistants and learning support assistants who work across the academy ensuring that identified students achieve appropriate outcomes in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.
  • Visual Impairment Team. This consists of two dedicated staff who work closely with the local authority and are trained to provide support and suitable differentiation for students with visual impairments.
  • Literacy Intervention. The Learning Support Faculty works closely with the English Faculty to provide a number of interventions to ensure high levels of progress including Read, Write, Inc., Indirect Dyslexia Learning, Accelerated Reader,Toe by Toe, Catch Up reading and Dockside reading programme.
  • Numeracy Intervention. The Learning Support Faculty works closely with the Maths Faculty to provide a number of interventions to ensure high levels of progress including Every Child Counts, Catch Up numeracy, Power of 2 and functional numeracy by specialist teachers.
  • Speech and Language Intervention. The Academy works closely with the local authority to provide bespoke training and packages for individuals and small groups. This year this will include whole school training for all staff to improve outcomes for students with language difficulties.
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder Support. The Academy has a number of teaching and support staff specially trained to work with students on the autistic spectrum. Provision includes small group work to develop social language, work on the acquisition of life skills and delivery of training for mainstream staff.
  • Behaviour Support. The Academy has a quiet room provision which is an alternative to exclusion. It also works on a partnership basis with other schools in the authority. There are a number of specialist staff who provide support and training, including students mentoring, anger management and mediation.
  • Intervention Leader. The Academy has its own intervention leader who provides tailored withdrawal sessions including motor skills, Mastering Memory, handwriting and Talkabout.

As well as a wide range of internal provision, the Academy has links with a number of outside agencies including:

  • Advisory Teachers for Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Behavioural, Social and Emotional Needs, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Speech and Language.
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Specialist Providers such as: St Thomas’ Centre PRU, Crosshill and Newfield Specialist Schools and The Heights
  • Engage
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Lifeline
  • Brook
  • The Wish Centre
  • Family Wise
  • East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Services (ELCAS)
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Social Care Professionals

This is not an exhaustive list as students will be referred as a need arises.

Department Staff

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Miss J Tumelty
(Faculty Director)
Mr P EarnshawMrs A Frain
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Miss J WilliamsonMiss J PearyMiss K Davies
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Mr J LewisMrs N ShorrockMr D Banks
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Ms K Spink 

Technology Faculty

The Technology Faculty at the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy is preparing all our students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technological world. Students will learn to think and intervene creatively to help improve the quality of life in our modern society.
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Department Staff


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Mrs C Fontenell
 (Faculty Director of Learning)
Miss A Coffey
Miss L Morris
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Mrs P Illsley
 (Assistant Director of Sixth Form)
Miss J Woolley

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