Staff and students at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio are celebrated success at A Level and BTEC examinations this week.
The innovative 13-19 college, which is geared towards students who wish to follow careers in the fields of Creative Media, IT, Business, and Health, Social and Child Care, posted a 100% A Level pass rate, with nearly half (46%) of all results at A* to B grades.
Natasha Norton, 18, achieved a double Distinction in Level 3 Business, and a Grade B in A Level Photography. She is going on to study A Degree in Photography at The University of Chester. “I am dyslexic” says Natasha, “and I struggled at GCSE with traditional subjects. However, the Studio recognised my passion and expertise in Business and Photography, and I was able to re-sit GCSE English and Maths with them whilst doing my A Levels.”
Emma Langton, also 18, did very well in her GCSEs and chose the Studio over other sixth form providers because of its unique specialist offer. She has achieved an A* in A Level Graphic Design, a B in A Level Photography, and a Distinction Star in Level 3 Television and Film Production. She has five University offers, but has instead chosen to take up a design role at the Manchester offices of the prestigious Business Insider magazine. “I knew immediately that the Studio was the right place for me,” said Emma, “especially as the course came with the opportunity for one day a week work experience in a creative design environment. This helped to build my confidence, and gave me the skills I needed.”
Principal Ruth Bradbury said “All of the staff at the Studio are incredibly pleased with our students’ results, and it is great to know that we have helped them on their way to what will be exciting and rewarding careers. Because we are a small, specialist school, we are well-placed to recognise the potential in our sixth form applicants, and to get the best out of them.”