Topping Out Ceremony

On Wednesday March 3rd DACA hosted a ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony to celebrate an important milestone in the construction of the Darwen Aldridge Community Academy’s new building –the completion of the roof and frame. To mark this event, guests and Year 11 students from both DACA and Darwen Vale High School (prospective Sixth Form students) have been invited to attend the ceremony with the Academy’s sponsor Rod Aldridge.

Due to open in September 2010 to students and the community The new £45million Academy building has been funded by the DCSF and the Aldridge Foundation. It has a unique and stunning design and will be purpose built for the delivery of the Academy curriculum. It will be fully equipped with first rate facilities to enable high quality teaching and learning in state-of-the-art general teaching areas and modern specialist facilities for subjects, such as Technology, Science and the Creative Arts.

All general teaching areas will be located by subject in suites, with easy and ample access to ICT to support learning. The new facilities will be adaptable to enable some classrooms to be altered in shape and size to accommodate a range of group sizes for different learning activities. There will also be large group lecture facilities, private study areas, small group seminar areas and office spaces for all curriculum areas.

The new academy building will provide a focal point for community arts, learning, sport and entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Centre includes a unique entrepreneurship bridge which will act as an incubation unit for young entrepreneurs funded by LEGI. The planned sports facilities include a new sports hall, a full size, artificial turf all-weather pitch, a multi-use games area, a large dance studio/gym, a drama studio, an aerobics fitness studio and two grass pitches. Other features of the new building design include a dedicated Sixth Form area, a Vocational Area including a catering suite and a community café.