“I have been supported by amazing, committed teachers”

Date: August 15th 2019

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy students were also celebrating some outstanding post 16 results today. Provisional indications are that 45% of all A level grades achieved were A* – B and that nearly half of all Applied / Vocational subjects were passed with top Distinction * / Distinction grades.

Notable student achievements include:

Joshua Southworth got A*, A, A and is off to the University of Durham to study Biological Sciences. Joshua said:  ‘The secret of my success is the supportive and friendly teachers- they made all the difference.’

Ellie Baxter A*, A, B (going to Northumbria University to study Fashion Communication)

Chloe Simm achieved Distinction *, Distinction *, A* and is heading to UCLAN to study Sport and Physical Education. She also paid tribute to DACA’s staff: ‘The Sport and PE teachers have been fantastic and have helped me at every step along the way.’

Catriona Field A* A* B (going to study 2D Animation and Character for Digital Media and at Hertfordshire University)

Emma Collins Distinction, Distinction, B, A* going to Nottingham University to study Nutrition & Dietetics

Orla McManamom Distinction B, A, A* (going to Northumbria University to study Criminology and Sociology)

Two students Tony Leigh Willets and Mumina Ali, have been accepted on to foundation medical degree courses. Tony Leigh will be studying Clinical science with Medical foundation at Bradford University and Mumina will be doing her foundation degree for medicine and surgery at Lancaster University.

Kerys Haigh, who is going to York University to study Mathematics, said: ‘I have been supported by amazing, committed teachers all the way through my time at DACA and I wouldn’t be going to university without them.’

Zack Holden is going to York University to study politics. He said: ‘The wonderful teaching, especially at A Level, and all round support from the teachers and 6th form team, have got me to university.’

Sydnie Sanderson, who is going to BIMM (British & Irish Modern Music Institution) Manchester to study Songwriting, said: ‘I have succeeded at DACA because of the persistent teachers, who care and who never give up.’

Lisa Dolan Principal, added, ‘We are really proud of the achievements of all of our students again this year. Building on our success in previous years, and against the backdrop of greater rigour and examination content in BTEC subjects in particular this year, they have been rewarded with some excellent results after their hard work.

Their determination and the dedication of our teaching and support staff has meant that students have achieved their goal to study at university, begin apprenticeships or other further training We are privileged to have such a dedicated and skilled team. We look forward to helping many more students joining our sixth form to exceed their expectations in future.”

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