Governance & Accountability 


As a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools our Local Governing Committee is part of the overall governance structure of the multi-academy trust. You can see details of the Trust's governance here


Details of the Trust's policies that the school and our Local Governing Committee follow can be found here

As a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools, our Local Governing Committee is part of the overall governance structure of the multi-academy trust.  Please see the Aldridge Education website for further information on Governing Policies and Accountability.

Lisa Dolan, Principal 

Lisa Dolan is Principal of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and was appointed in September 2017 to continue to build upon the success of the Academy which has now been recognised as good by Ofsted in 2013 and 2017.


She was previously Vice Principal at The Nuneaton Academy, Warwickshire and Ms Dolan’s responsibilities included leading on teaching, learning, assessment, staff professional development and appraisal. She was part of the Senior Leadership Team which enabled Nuneaton Academy to move out of special measures within 5 months and increase its benchmark 5 A*-C grade GCSE pass rate by 10% in one year, thereby increasing student numbers, attendance and quality of teaching and learning.


Prior to that, Ms Dolan was Assistant Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School, Walsall. As Head of Modern Foreign Languages and part of the Extended Leadership Team at Chenderit School, Northamptonshire Ms Dolan played a key role in leading the school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement. Starting her professional career as a French and German teacher she has also taught at Wednesfield High School, Wolverhampton, and The Sneyd School, Walsall. Ms Dolan has worked in education for 26 years.

Darren James

Darren was elected as parent governor in October 2017.  He has lived in Darwen for 16 years after moving up from Hampshire.  Darren currently has one son in year 10 at DACA with his youngest son due to start in September 2018.  Darren is an ex youth worker with a specialism in teenage sexual health.  He now works at King Georges Hall, Blackburn and Darwen Library Theatre as an events manager.  Darren manages and hosts the annual Darwen Live music festival and in his spare time interviews actors for TV and Film events. 

Glenda Brindle - Acting Chair

Glenda was born in Darwen and attended St Joseph’s Primary School, Notre Dame Blackburn and The Harris College Preston before taking up the role of a Senior Fashion Designer in Greater Manchester for 7 years.  She moved into teaching in 1980 and over the years has held many areas of responsibility.  Her most recent appointment was as Dean of the School of Art, Design and Performance at UCLAN, Preston, and during her time there she developed the area of the Creative Industries to become one of the largest schools across the University.


Glenda has always maintained strong ties with Darwen.   She has held the position of Secretary for one of the local walking groups, the Spring Vale Rambling Class, for the last 44 years.  She is a Eucharistic Minister at St Joseph’s, Darwen and Glenda attends and supports as many local events and exhibitions as possible.


Glenda’s areas of involvement with DACA will hopefully touch on all of the areas that have influenced Glenda’s own career over the last 40 years - Education, Young People , Communities, Cultural and Creative industries across all of the Arts.


Glenda looks forward to her involvement with DACA over the coming years.

Jennifer Tipping

Jenny has been employed at the Academy since 2008 and has been in post as Director of Learning for English since May 2014. She is wholly committed to ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning is of a high standard and effectively embedded across all Key Stages, within the English department. Jenny has extensive experience of ensuring that the young people of Darwen achieve academic success on various levels, be it on a leadership, pastoral or more importantly, in her opinion, classroom level. It makes Jenny proud to know that year on year students leave the Academy not only having achieved their academic potential, but as fully rounded individuals with the necessary life skills and self-confidence to continue on their path of success. 

Michelle Price

Michelle lives and works in Darwen she started her career in Accounts before moving to the Local Authority. She was employed by BWD for 13 years working across both Blackburn and Darwen, supporting families as a Caseworker for Debt, Housing & Benefits as well as supporting Democratic Services during elections.


She has been involved in Education since 2009 first as a School Governor for 7 years supporting a Local Primary School and from 2016 as a School Business Manager in an Academy Trust. She is responsible for the management of Finance, Funding, HR, Payroll, Health & Safety, Policy and Governance.


She has a son in Year 10 and a son in Primary School.


She is looking forward to supporting the Academy over her term of office.

Kate Connolly

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