DACA 6th Form Goes From Strength To Strength

Date: August 18th 2017

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy is celebrating another outstanding year of A Level results. Following a very good Ofsted report in May 2017 which stated ‘the Sixth Form goes from strength to strength’ and which recognised the consistently high level of progress and value added achieved by Post 16 students, provisional indications are that an impressive 67% of grades achieved are A* – B, or equivalent, and the pass rate is an impressive 100%. Over two thirds of students have accepted offers at university, the great majority of which were first choice places. In addition, most students taking up university places will be the first members of their family to attend.

Notable achievements by students include:

Jasmine Haigh (A*AA) – planning to study Biochemistry at the University of Manchester
Hannah Davies (AAB) – planning to study Biology at the University of Edinburgh
Amber Pilkington-Ward (AA Distinction*) – planning to study Graphic Design at Leeds Beckett University
Chris Smith (AAB) – planning to study Mathematics and Computer Science at York University
Khatija Balu (ABB) – planning to study English Literature & Creative Writing at Edge Hill University

David Cane, Interim Principal, said, ‘each year we are thrilled that so many of our students achieve their goal to study at university.  This year group achieved well at GCSE and have now achieved outstanding A Level results which cement our position as one of the best Sixth Forms in the North West. We are proud of the achievements of all our students, particularly those who have faced a range of challenges, yet have remained so focused on their futures. All of our teachers and support staff work incredibly hard to ensure our students meet their potential. We are privileged to have such a dedicated and skilled team.’

Howard McWilliam, Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form said, ‘this was a great year group full of character and students dedicated to hard work. I am delighted that they are able to celebrate such well deserved results, particularly as the pressures seem to build year on year. They have achieved some outstanding university placements, including many Russell Group places. Students are leaving us to study everything from engineering to nursing, fine art, business and performing arts. I am also pleased to see several students achieve places on higher apprenticeship schemes. This particularly year group gave a great deal to DACA and I wish them every success in the future.’

Brendan Loughran, Executive Principal, said: ‘These terrific results have continued a remarkable period for the Academy’s Sixth Form students and staff who have produced another year of achievement on top of a very positive 2017 Ofsted report. The investment we have made in our post 16 provision has clearly created the conditions for all our students to succeed and we are delighted that all their hard work has paid off. In addition to their academic achievements this cohort made a significant contribution to the wider life of the Academy and were influential role models for younger students. We wish them every success as they pursue their dreams.’

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