DACA Sixth Form Student University Success


For the second successive year at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy there is Oxbridge success, as Sixth Former Tamara Newton of Blackburn Road has been given an unconditional offer to study Fine Art at St Edmund Hall College, University of Oxford. She will join up with former Academy Sixth Former, Khushna Sulaman-Butt, who started her degree at Oxford last September.

After gaining A*AA in her A Levels in the summer, Tamara applied to Oxford at the start of her Gap Year and after impressing university academics over a testing 2 day process, including being interviewed by the 2012 Turner Prize winning artist Elizabeth Price, she was awarded her place for September this year.

Louise Klinck (Director of Learning - Art) said of Tamaraís achievement, ìTammy thoroughly deserves this. She has worked incredibly hard on her technical ability and contextual understanding to be able to express her ideas to such a high standard. Her work is some of the most innovative and creative I have seen in someone so young.î

Tamara was one of the Academyís gifted and talented students, and all Academy staff receive regular training in how to make sure highly able students are constantly stretched and challenged. Howard McWilliam (Assistant Principal) said, ìWe recognised from very early on that Tammy was both an outstanding academic and creative student, and our expert staff have carefully nurtured her talents. We are all very pleased for her. She is undoubtedly an artistic force for the future and we look forward to her regular visits to work with our current Sixth Formers.î

Said Tamara, ìWaiting for the result of my interview was nerve ñracking and I was ecstatic when I received my letter. Iím so happy to be going to Oxford and cannot thank my teachers enough. They were inspirational and constantly challenged me to take risks and experiment with ideas. Theyíre all amazing people who give up huge amounts of their free time in evening and at weekends to help students.î

Tamaraís success, along with the Academyís excellent examination results and where the Sixth Form was placed in the Governmentís Performance Tables released last week, confirms that the Academyís Sixth Form is one of the best performing in the North West.