The Independent Academies Association (IAA)Best Practice Awards 2014 proved to be a great night for the Foundation's schools and colleges, with Aldridge Academies winning two of just eight national awards on offer.
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy received national recognition in winning the award for Best Practice in its Partnerships with the Wider Community.
The award recognised the Academy's long-term commitment to creating a positive impact in its community, through projects that benefit both the students and the local area.
Principal Dylan Davies was at the awards ceremony in London to receive the award on behalf of the Academy team.
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy also has a great night, winning the IAA Award for Partnerships Through International Educational Outreach and also being one of three finalists shortlisted for the IAA Award for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Practice. Assistant Principal Michelle Billington accepted the award for the Academy.
The international outreach award recognised Darwen Academy's long-term commitment to improving education and enhancing understanding of different cultures through its programme of overseas visits and project work in disadvantaged communities.
Last year its AfriDACA project saw nine students travel to Kampala in Uganda to help the charity RETRAK, which has a number of projects helping street children who have been displaced from other communities through persecution, or who have lost parents and family to AIDS or HIV. Darwen students are already fundraising for the next trip which will involve even more students, some of who will be experiencing an overseas trip for the very first time.
Overall Aldridge sponsored schools won two of just eight national awards given by the IAA. The Foundation was the only academy group represented in more than one category and Darwen the only school short-listed more than once.
Director of External Affairs Alan Brooks said: "The awards are great recognition of the work of staff and students at both academies. Darwen and Brighton were the first schools that the Foundation sponsored but the commitment that was recognised by the IAA judges last night is typical of the fantastic teachers, students and governors across our family of schools."
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