PM Announces Sir Rod To Chair National College for Digital Skills
The Prime Minister today (8th December) announced the launch of the National College for Digital Skills, an industry-led institution that will address a growing demand for higher level digital skills in the UK. The college will begin to deliver training in 2015 and will open to full time students in 2016 offering students a range of qualifications and apprenticeships.
Sir Rod Aldridge, who is the Founding Chair of the National College, said:"There is a growing demand for higher level digital skills, particularly programming, combined with the broader skillsets that students need to thrive in the modern workplace. The National College for Digital Skills will play a pivotal role in supplying this need by providing courses that are tailored to the diverse needs of the digital economy."
Darwen Vale High School Becomes An Aldridge Academy
Darwen Vale High School and the Aldridge Foundation confirmed on December 3rd 2014 that the process for the conversion of the school to become an academy has been completed.
The school's headteacher, Mrs. Fiona Jack, has written to parents to confirm the news. She said: "I am delighted that we have certainty over our future. We can now wholeheartedly move forward and increase our focus on improving the achievements of our pupils and finding new opportunities for all at Darwen Vale, backed by the extra support that the Aldridge Foundation and its national network of schools can give us."
Honor Wilson-Fletcher added: 'We are proud and delighted to be the sponsors of the school. We wish to reiterate our commitment to Darwen Vale's loyal community of parents - and most of all to current and future students - that we will do everything we can to support the academy to constantly improve, to ensure that you have a successful and enjoyable time here, and that when you leave, you will do so well prepared for adult life, having exceeded your own expectations and feeling excited about the challenges ahead of you.''