Darwen Becomes a Hub of Entrepreneurial Talent

The Darwen Aldridge Community Academy officially launched on Thursday 16th October with a Student Founders’ Day held for the current student body to celebrate their contribution to the Academy and their role as founders.

The day was attended by DACA sponsor, Rod Aldridge who spoke passionately about his involvement with the Academy and how it can help in the future development of Darwen’s young people.

This sentiment was encapsulated on the day during a colourful student performance which centered on the Academy’s entrepreneurship specialism, underpinned by DACA’s exclusive motivational monetary fund ‘The Currency of Entrepreneurship’ - and the six DAKAs that it comprises.

Rod also spoke about his own education experience and how it fuelled his passion to create an environment where young people are inspired to achieve. He also hosted a question and answer session, with students given the chance to ask Rod directly about the future of the Academy and his own personal background as an entrepreneur.

The event, which was hosted by Senior Lead Students James Eastham and Lauren Berresford was also attended by Janet Anderson MP, the Mayor and Mayoress, local businesses, school governors, local authority representatives and Headteachers from neighbouring primary and secondary schools. Highlights included speeches from the Academy team and students alike.