Darwen Gets First Sixth Form in Twenty Years

Darwen saw the launch of its first sixth form provision for 20 years, when the new Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) opened on September 8th.

The new sixth form offers a wide range of A Levels and vocational qualifications to young people in the Darwen area, while also providing a Level 2 course, equivalent to GCSE study. The new post-16 provision will, in time, cater for up to 400 students, bringing together innovative teaching with state-of-the-art technology and surroundings.

DACA sixth form students will benefit from a number of additional extras. These include, the loan of a laptop computer for the duration of their course, smaller tutor groups to ensure personalised support and guidance, a dedicated social area, a separate and well resourced learning centre for private study, international visits, leadership roles within the Academy and a structured programme of intensive support for those looking to go to university.