Brendan Loughran was appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy in September 2008, having been Principal Designate since 2007. As Principal of Aldridge’s first sponsored school Brendan built and led a team which transformed GCSE results from its predecessor school and opened a sixth form where this year nearly 70% of students got their first choice University place and which offers a strong focus on vocational qualifications alongside A Levels.
The academy’s approach to developing students’ entrepreneurial skills in tandem with their academic qualifications is typical of Aldridge schools, and has placed it at the centre of the regeneration of its community, as well as bringing national and international awards
In the five years prior to joining Aldridge, Brendan was Headteacher at Westhoughton High School, a Specialist Technology College in Bolton. He led this school through a period of significant change and improvement including the acquisition of specialist school status, a successful Ofsted inspection, developing a community outreach programme and improving results from 37% to 56% of students gaining 5+ A*-C at GCSE in 2015.
Brendan has worked in education in the North West of England for over 25 years, including teaching in schools in Knowsley, Trafford and East Lancashire. He sits on a variety of local community boards and the Children and Young People’s Trust. He chairs the North West Regional Advisory Committee for the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and is a Trustee of an education charity based in Bolton.
Brendan took up the role of Executive Principal for all Aldridge schools in the North West in September 2016.