In addition to their focus on Entrepreneurship each Aldridge Academy has a lead specialism, and in some cases a second specialism. To find out about each Academy’s specialisms, and how they contribute to the curriculum, learning and life at the Academy, please follow the links below:

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

DACA has a focus on sport and has developed Darwen Aldridge Boys Football Academy in partnership with Chorley FC, a girls Football Academy, Table Tennis, Netball and Golf Academies and DACA Cricket Academy in partnership with the Lancashire Cricket Board.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

BACA also has a specialism in sport and, together with PACA, the Sussex Cricket Board and Sussex County Cricket Club, is a partner in the Aldridge Cricket Academy.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Supported by its partnership with the universities of Brighton and Sussex, PACA has a specialism in Science. It also has specialist Dance and Football sixth form academies, and is also a partner in the Aldridge Cricket Academy.

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio School

The Studio School offers a range of general and technical academic qualifications in three “pathways”: Business and Law; Creative Digital Media; and Health, Social & Child Care.

Duke’s Aldridge Academy

The academy has a long-standing specialism in the Expressive Arts .

Darwen Vale High School

Is developing its specialism in engineering and is working towards creating  strong dance offer.

Kensington Aldridge Academy

KAA has a specialism in the Performing and Creative Arts.


With its unique location in one of the biggest media hubs of Europe, UTC@MediaCityUK specialises in developing professional digital and media skills as part of an academically rich curriculum. Its students get hands-on, practical experience in exciting pathways of TV & Film, Graphics & Design, Radio & Audio, and Interactive Media & Gaming.

Our schools and colleges in the North West