Students and staff at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) are celebrating a new record high GCSE pass rate for the fourth consecutive year. The percentage of DACA students gaining the government’s ‘gold standard’ of five or more GCSE grades at A*-C has risen to 64%, the best ever achieved at the Academy.
The percentage of students gaining five or more GCSE A*-C grades overall has also once again out-performed national averages with Academy students achieving an impressive 99% pass rate.
In mathematics, 73% of students achieved a grade C or better and the result was identical in English with 73% of students also achieving a grade C or better.
Academy Principal Brendan Loughran said: “These results confirm what Ofsted told us earlier in 2013, that Darwen Aldridge Community Academy is a good school, and is heading towards outstanding status. After a great set of A Level results last week, the GCSE achievements are the culmination of a superb year at the Academy.”
In the light of some concerns that year on year comparisons are becoming less reliable, he added:
“It is important to look at what the results say in terms of the levels of progress being made in a school and we are delighted that once again at the Academy students are making progress well above the national averages, particularly in mathematics and English”.
Chairman of DACA sponsors the Aldridge Foundation Sir Rod Aldridge said: “Following the Ofsted inspectors’ Good rating of the academy earlier this year, and another record set of A Level results last week, this is more excellent news for the academy and the community. It’s well deserved recognition for all of the hard work of DACA’s students, teachers and staff. These students were the first cohort to spend all five years of their secondary education at the Academy and their results are fantastic.”
“Our new Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio school opens in just a few days and I know that it expects to deliver the same high standards as DACA. With so many now progressing from excellent GCSE results through to A levels and on to university or good jobs, these are exciting times for DACA and its students.”