Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Secondary Post 16
Sudell Road

Head:  Lisa Dolan

Telephone: 01254819500

Pupils: 1197

Gender: Mixed

Ages: 11 to 19

Type: Academy sponsor led

Boarding: No

Religion: Does not apply

School Description by Ofsted

Information about this school
The academy opened in September 2008 and moved into a new building on a new site close to the town centre in September 2010. A Personalised Learning Centre, housed in a building adjacent to the school, was opened in January 2011. The academy's sponsor is the Aldridge Foundation, founded by Sir Rod Aldridge, OBE. The academy is part of the Darwen Academy Trust which works in partnership with the Aldridge Foundation to support the academy. The academy is part of the Aldridge Family of Academies which comprises a number of academies in different parts of the country. The academy specialises in providing for entrepreneurship and sport. A number of sporting academies is established in the sixth form. These provide talented students with opportunities for specialist coaching in specific sports alongside academic study.

Sporting academies include those for football and cricket. Plans are advanced for academies for table tennis, netball and golf. The academy is average in size compared with other secondary schools/academies. The proportion of students eligible for pupil premium funding is above average. (Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and the children of service families.) The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. Most students are from White British backgrounds. A very small proportion of students is from minority ethnic backgrounds and of these a few speak English as an additional language. More students than is found in most schools join and leave the academy at times other than the usual start and leaving points. Courses are provided away from the academy site for a small number of students at Fernhurst School and at St Thomas's Pupil Referral Unit.

Many students study GCSE courses from Year 9 onwards. The Academy enters students for GCSE examinations when they consider they are ready to be successful, and this can be before the end of Year 11.

The academy meets the government's current floor standards. These set the minimum standards expected for students' attainment and progress.

Progress 8 Score

Confidence interval is -0.73 to -0.35

Progress 8 Score GIRLS

Confidence interval is -0.67 to -0.12

Progress 8 Score BOYS

Confidence interval is -0.95 to -0.42

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