Ruth BradburyRuth Bradbury was appointed Principal of DAES for its opening in September 2013. Ruth is an experienced teacher and education leader who most recently worked as Director of Finance and Business Development for Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.

On her appointment Ruth said: “We are delighted to be seeing such great progress and interest locally for the Studio School. We are currently consulting with the local community – including parents, young people and local businesses and finding that our education offer is really resonating. The aim of our school’s curriculum is to develop young people who can thrive as individuals and make a difference to their communities. The curriculum will also develop the employability and life skills, which will improve their future opportunities.

“We’ve worked with lots of local parents, and young people, and have listened really carefully to their views and suggestions for the Studio. We’re delighted to have the go-ahead for the new building. It’s a historic site, rooted in the town, and for it to be the home for our new local hub for creative learning is very fitting and really exciting. We’re continuing to play a big part in the regeneration of the historic town centre, whilst creating the next generation of business and creative leaders in Darwen.”

“What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is delivered. We are taking learning out of a traditional classroom setting, and teaching the curriculum through a range of projects which are based on real life situations, but will still teach you everything you need to be able to pass your exams.  These projects will be based in the school, with local employers,  and in the local community.”

Darwen Vale High School