“It doesn’t matter if you want to set up a company or work with a group of volunteers to improve your street – an entrepreneurial mind-set is a major asset, and I think that every young person can benefit from developing this mind-set as they grow up. Entrepreneurial social action represents a great way for our students to develop and demonstrate employability skills they need to sustain the life of their choice.”

Sir Rod Aldridge

Entrepreneurship is one of the specialisms of the Academy. We use entrepreneurship as a vehicle to continually drive up standards of attainment, to promote positive attitudes to lifelong learning and to use them as a theme through which we engage with our ‘Family of Schools’ and the wider local and business community.

The Academy’s vision and ethos is driven by our sponsors goal which is “that, by the age of 25, all Aldridge graduates will have experienced an outstanding and enjoyable education and be able to sustain the life of their choice. They will be independent, thriving economically and making a real, positive contribution to their communities.”

Through entrepreneurship, we promote an attitude in all who attend the Academy that revolves around a positive approach, a determination to succeed and to achieve the highest standards in any and every area of learning and life.

All students experience entrepreneurship themes delivered across the curriculum, study aspects of entrepreneurship starting in lower school and it is integrated into all areas of academy life. The academy focuses on the development of entrepreneurial qualities, not just business skills. These qualities are referred to as “the DAKA’s” and are passion, determination, risk-taking, problem- solving, teamwork, social conscience and creativity. All students build and maintain an entrepreneurship portfolio of their experiences, activities and projects undertaken throughout their time in the Academy.

The spirit of entrepreneurship underpins all aspects of academy life including:

  • Promoting a positive attitude and a determination to succeed in all students
  • Developing entrepreneurial capability in young people through our unique entrepreneurship curriculum
  • Aiming for high standards in all academic areas with a focus on developing entrepreneurial skills in all curriculum areas
  • Developing young people as active citizens and social entrepreneurs – Young Chamber, Career Ready
  • Working in partnership with local and national business community

Awards & Recognition

Entrepreneurship has been commended and the work done at DACA in developing the entrepreneurial attributes in young people has been recognised internationally.  DACA has crowned European Entrepreneurial

The Entrepreneurship Team have been recognised for their outstanding work and were crowned winners of the Hive Business Award for Enterprise in Education in 2015.

Other awards include:  Highly Commended in the Skills Factor 2013 and 2nd place 2014 to successfully securing £1000 of funding to run their own business, our students are always at the top of their game. With support from the Entrepreneurship Team, Young Chamber are able to realise their potential.