Some of the DACA students celebrating their results and progressing into the Sixth Form at the academy, from left to right:  Lauren Tracey, Liam Dargan, Roksana Kujowa, Matt Philipson, Shauna Nicholson, John Meadowcroft, Beth Scanlon.

Students at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) are celebrating the school’s best ever GCSE results.

For the second successive year, results have improved with 56% of the students achieving at least five GCSEs including English and mathematics.

The Academy has significantly improved on the best ever achieved at Darwen Moorland (31%), the school it replaced in 2008.

DACA Principal Brendan Loughran said that everyone associated with the Academy is delighted and very proud of the achievements of the students.

“I have nothing but praise for our students for their determination to succeed and thank the staff and the parents for their dedication and support.

In addition to moving in to the new facilities and a Royal visit, the A Level and GCSE results conclude what has been an outstanding year for the Academy.”

Vice Principal Fiona Beaumont added:

“The results include record numbers of Academy students gaining the top A*/A grades and highlighted that by giving some students the opportunity to take GCSEs early, students in year’s 9 and 10 have also achieved some very good grades, laying the foundation for future success.”

Head of the Sixth Form at the Academy, Howard McWilliam, said:

“The Academy is anticipating a dramatic increase in the number of applications for places in the Sixth Form, from the Academy and from other local partner secondary schools. This is due to a combination of the very good results seen in this year’s A Levels and the rises in grades achieved at GCSE.”