Darwen Aldridge Community Academy’s New Principal Announced

Date: May 10th 2017

DACA Principal Designate Lisa DolanLisa Dolan, currently Vice Principal of the Nuneaton Academy, Warwickshire, has been appointed as the new Principal of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.

In her current role, Ms Dolan’s responsibilities include leading on teaching, learning, assessment, staff professional development and appraisal. She is part of the Senior Leadership Team which enabled Nuneaton Academy to move out of special measures and increase its benchmark 5 A*-C grade GCSE pass rate by 10% in one year.

Prior to that, Ms Dolan was Assistant Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School, Walsall, and Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Chenderit School, Northamptonshire. Starting her professional career as a French and German teacher she has also taught at Wednesfield High School, Wolverhampton, and The Sneyd School, Walsall.

The post was advertised nationally following the promotion of the Academy’s Founding Principal, Brendan Loughran, to Executive Principal for all of Aldridge’s schools in the North West. Since then David Cane has acted as Interim Principal and will continue in that role until Ms Dolan starts in September.

Writing to parents this week Brendan Loughran said: “Lisa comes with a wealth of school and Academy leadership experience and we are delighted that she will be joining us from the start of next term.”

“For the remainder of the current academic year, DACA will continue to benefit from Mr Cane’s leadership as Interim Principal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him, the leadership team and all of the staff and students at the Academy for their outstanding work during this period of interim arrangements.”

“Since opening the Academy has developed the highest achieving Sixth Form in value-added terms in the region, produced high standards in GCSE results, and is over-subscribed for entry in year 7. It was important that we took time to find the right candidate to help our students and staff continue and further this success. In Lisa we believe we have done that.”

Lisa Dolan said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Principal at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and to be joining the staff at this exciting time. When visiting the Academy it was evident to me that it is a very positive and exciting school and that the staff are breaking down barriers to learning which so many students face today, by allowing them to take risks and by developing their self-confidence.”

“I am looking forward to building upon the excellent work of Mr Loughran, the staff and governors in establishing DACA as a high-performing school and to getting to know the local community. But most of all I am looking forward to meeting and working with the young people of Darwen.”

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