• DACA Students Make National Tycoon in Schools Final

    Date: February 13th 2017

    A team of budding entrepreneurs from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy have made it to the finals of the nationwide enterprise competition, Tycoon in Schools, developed by BBCT TV “Dragon’s Den” star Peter Jones.

    The three year 8 students are one of just eight teams who will attend Buckingham Palace for the awards ceremony on Monday 6th March. They officially launched their business idea, Community Kids, to market in October, producing calendars to celebrate the beauty of Blackburn and Darwen and at the same time raise money for a memorial garden for their friend who sadly died last year.

    More information.

  • Former DACA Student, Declan Grimshaw, 17, receives British Education Award

    Date: February 6th 2017

    We are delighted to announce that a former Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student, Declan Grimshaw, 17, won a Special Achievement Award at the 2017 British Education Awards. The ceremony took place event at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on the 30th of January and was hosted by BBC news presenter Sophie Long.

    Awards for Special Achievement were presented to three candidates that the BEA awarding panel adjudged to have overcome exceptionally difficult circumstances to progress in their studies and achieve success. Declan, who is autistic and also registered blind, picked up the special achievement award for overcoming his difficulties and passing all of his GCSEs last summer.

    Declan Grimshaw and his family at the British Education Awards 2017

    David Cane, Interim Principal at DACA, said “We are incredibly proud of Declan. Despite numerous difficulties, Declan has achieved a great deal academically and has grown into a very independent and resilient young adult who is a credit to us and his family.”

    Declan’s mother, Jennifer Sumner, commented “It was amazing to celebrate and see our Declan receive an award for his efforts in education…Thank you so very much to the huge team of people that have worked with Declan through the years and have contributed to the amazing young man he has become. We are eternally thankful and proud parents and grandparents and he continues to make us proud every day. We are so lucky to have such amazing schools in Darwen and that’s because the teachers are so wonderful. Education is the key to success.”

    Read the full summary of the evening here.

    (Top Photo L-R Angela Frain (Declan’s Learning Support Assistant) Declan Grimshaw and Rachel Lewis (Assistant Principal, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy)

  • BACA Achieves First Ofsted GOOD!

    Date: January 12th 2017

    Ofsted Inspectors visited the Academy at the end of November and confirmed in their report, published today, that they had found BACA to be a Good school in all aspects of what it does, including for teaching, student behaviour and welfare, and the results students achieve. This represents a significant achievement for the academy, which had previously been rated as requiring improvement.

    This now means that every Aldridge academy that has been inspected since converting to academy status has been rated Good by Ofsted.

    More information.

  • PACA Celebrates Ofsted Good Rating

    Date: December 6th 2016

    Ofsted Inspectors visited the Academy in November and confirmed in their report published today that they had found PACA to be a Good school in all aspects of what it does. This represents a significant achievement for the academy, which had previously been rated as requiring improvement.

    More information.

  • Kensington Celebrates Academy’s Most Successful Charity Week

    Date: November 28th 2016

    In the third week of November Kensington Aldridge Academy was jam packed with Charity Week activities as students across the four houses raised money for Crisis at Christmas, Cancer Research UK, Multiple Sclerosis Trust and West London Action for Children. Each house was allocated one day to raise money at school during break times and enrichment. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 12s to work with students in Year 7, 8 and 9 – with the whole school community working together great causes. You can read the full story on the KAA website.

  • DACA Wins British Council Award

    Date: November 17th 2016

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy has been recognised with a British Council International School Award recognising its “outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum” at the academy. Aldridge Education Chief Executive Chris Tweedale collected the award on behalf of the academy from Sir Ciaran Devane at a ceremony in London on Monday 14th November.

    More information about the awards can be found here.

  • Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    Date: November 11th 2016

    On November 8th the Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary at an event attended by over 100 guests and supporters. Guest of honour Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, thanked Sir Rod for his “immense contribution to the academy movement in this country” and, in recognising Rod’s passion for helping the communities that he grew up in and has worked in, said “that’s exactly what we should be doing in the public sector”.

    The event also featured a presentation of the highlights of the Foundation’s first 10 years interspersed with some stunning student artwork.

  • Tara Qualifies As Level 2 Coach

    Date: August 16th 2016

    Aldridge Cricket Academy student Tara Norris has become an ECB Level 2 coach. The English Cricket Board course is one of the qualifications ACA students can study for alongside their academic studies and cricket skills development. Tara has graduated from the Academy this summer and is an already established member of the Sussex Women’s team and has played for England Under 19’s.

    Tara, who joined the Aldridge Cricket Academy in 2014, and studied at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy was named by Sussex County Cricket Club in their 2016 Academy intake.

     

  • National Award For Brighton Digital Media Initiative

    Date: July 15th 2016

    On Wednesday 13 July Brighton and Portslade Aldridge Community Academies’ joint Digital Media Academy, BDMA, won the Academy Partnership Award at the National Education Business Awards in London.  This acknowledges the innovative partnership the Academy has created with digital media companies and the bespoke curriculum provision and opportunities it offers students.

    Over 200 people attended the ceremony at the Grange Hotel, St Paul’s, London and the award was sponsored by Ward-Hendry creative design and photography.

  • UTC@harbourside Design Scoops Sussex Heritage Award

    Date: July 12th 2016

    UTC@harbourside’s riverside campus has won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the quality and excellence of its design. The Public and Community Building award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Egremont, DL, President of Sussex Heritage Trust at the trust’s annual awards luncheon at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe on Thursday (7 July).

    Award judges praised UTC@harbourside in Newhaven, East Sussex, for  ‘providing an inspiring and impressively equipped environment for a school’. The judges noted this as “an outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance.” Sussex Heritage Awards seek to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

  • Two Awards For DACA At Lancashire School Awards

    Date: July 6th 2016

    Darwen Aldridge Community Academy scooped two prizes at awards celebrating the cream of East Lancashire’s teachers, pupils, schools and support staff. At the annual Lancashire Telegraph’s Schools Awards DACA student Lewis Partington was named Secondary School Pupil of the Year, whilst the Unsung Hero award went to school counsellor Les Ince.

  • PACA Wins Brighton Community School of the Year Award

    Date: June 14th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) has won the Youth in Action Community School of the Year at the annual awards hosted by The Argus at the Amex Stadium. PACA received a record breaking 78 nominations for the award and teacher Dean Flynn told the audience he could not wait to show it off in school.

    PACA was also nominated in the following categories

    STEM teacher of the year – Dr Caroline Operandi

    Staff member – Liz I’Anson

    Student of the year – Jamie Henville

  • Billy Walpole from Darwen Aldridge Community Academy becomes Grade 5 Men’s Pair Gymnastics British Champion

    Date: May 27th 2016

    We are delighted to announce the prestigious achievement of Billy Walpole, a Year 9 pupil at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy. On Sunday 15th May 2016, along with his team mate Richard Crewe, a pupil at St. Bede's Blackburn, they become Grade 5 Men's Pair British Champions in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
    
    Well done to both Billy and Richard for their fantastic achievement.
    

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  • Darwen Vale Students Named Campaigners of the Year

    Date: May 26th 2016

    The SHINE Group at Darwen Vale High School was set up in response to group of girls who wanted a discuss issues surrounding self-esteem, body image and self-perception. They felt young people had mixed messages surrounding healthy and unhealthy relationships.

    Students at the SHINE awardsThe group continued to work on these issues from Year 7- Year 11 and are very proud of the legacy that they have left. They were pleased to be invited to share a few comments with the National Women’s Aid Conference and in March this year they were nominated for an award for Young Campaigners of the Year, which they won.  The award was presented by Jaffer Ali Hussain who is the Chief Executive Officer of Strengthening Links between the Youth and Networks, Communities and Specialists (SLYNCS).

    Well done to India Adcroft, Devon Ormerod-Banks, Abbie Smith and Baish Nicoll. You can read their full story here.

  • KAA Year 7’s Reach Championship Final

    Date: May 17th 2016

    After a successful season in the QPR schools league, the Kensington Aldridge Academy year 7 football team earned a place in the Championship final, held at Loftus Road on Sunday 15th May. It was an amazing experience for the players, having the opportunity to use the stadium facilities and play at their local professional club. The team anticipated a tough game against Fulham Boys, but were hopeful given their victory over the same team during their previous fixture.

    The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, with family, friends and teachers from both schools roaring their support from the warm-up through to the final whistle. It made for an entertaining game and something the players will never forget. KAA made a tense start and had to be resilient in defence to hold off the FB attack. At half-time the game was tied at 0-0 and everything was still to play for. Unfortunately, FB were able to step up their play in the latter stages of the second half and with tired legs, the KAA team began to give away opportunities on goal. Carlos was on top form, pulling off a string of fantastic saves. However, it wasn’t to be and with just 6 minutes left, FB managed to score 3 goals to secure the cup.

    Bad luck to the team but congratulations on a great season!

  • PACA’s STEM Centre Shortlisted for TES Schools Award

    Date: May 17th 2016

    Portslade Aldridge Community Academy’s STEM centre has been shortlisted for a TES Schools Award. The award recognises excellence and innovative teaching within science, technology and engineering. The judges have seen clear examples of innovative evidence from PACA and we hope that this will help the Academy pick up the award!

    The TES Schools Awards are now in their eight year and they celebrate the extraordinary commitment and quality shown by both teachers and support staff across the UK.The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 24 June 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

    http://www.tesawards.co.uk/tessa2016/shortlist

  • Former DACA student receives prestigious British Army award

    Date: May 12th 2016

    A former Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student has received a prestigious British Army award after finishing top in his recruit training. Private Daniel Hayden, 18, has won the Parachute Regiment Best Recruit Award after successfully completing the combat infantryman’s course in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

    The award is judged by the platoon’s training team and goes to the trainee who has put in the best overall performance, displaying an aptitude for being an infantryman and being fit, tough and resilient during the 28-week course.

    The former DACA student said he has always had an ambition to become a paratrooper and is delighted to have received the accolade.“I have wanted to be a paratrooper since I was about 14. The Parachute Regiment is an elite unit and I think their standards are the highest in the British Army. Receiving this award is quite an honour for me.”

    Only one recruit per platoon receives the award, so there are only five or six awards given out each year.

    His platoon commander, Captain Tom Hand, said: “Private Hayden has won the Best Recruit award. “He is a mentally and physically robust character who has excelled on what is a gruelling six-month course.

    “He has the confidence and nous of a much more experienced soldier.”

  • BACA Year 7s Win The League

    Date: April 15th 2016

    Congratulations to Brighton Aldridge Community Academy’s year 7 boys football team who have won the regional Division 2 League.

  • PACA’s Madi Represents South East at National Trampoline competition

    Date: April 8th 2016

    A young trampolinist from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is hoping to inspire others to get bouncing with her success.

    Madi Farley, 14, of Portslade, is juggling her GCSES with springing up the leader board of the country’s best bouncers.

    The PACA student is now set to represent the South East at the National Development Plan Trampoline competition in Birmingham in May.

    Madi – who only took up the sport two years ago and trains with the Rise Trampoline Club – said: “It’s quite exciting to have got this far. I’m really happy.”

    “I train two hours on Mondays and two hours on Thursdays and it can be a bit tricky fitting it all in around my mocks. I started off doing gymnastics and then went from there on to trampolining and I just love it. It’s so much fun.”

    Madi hopes to win the Birmingham competition and reach the finals along with the eight best trampolinists in the country. She reached the semi-finals in last year’s competition too.

    Full story at the Brighton Argus website.

  • PACA Students Reach National Science & Engineering Final

    Date: March 24th 2016

    Five students from Portslade Aldridge Community Academy were finalists in the National Science + Engineering Competition 2016 when its staged its National Awards Ceremony as part of the annual Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham in March.

    The National Science + Engineering Competition, organised by the British Science Association, is an annual contest open to pupils aged between 11-18, and gives participants the chance to compete for top prizes and international experiences worth over £50,000.

    Dexter Shepherd, Morgan Pile, Joshua Hassett, Harry Smith and Guolin Yang were selected from thousands of applicants to make it through to the Finals. Although the top prize went to Watford Grammar School for Girls the PACA team did a brilliant job of presenting their “Starburst Element” project.