DACA has been awarded secondary school of the year at the Lancashire Evening Telegraph School awards 2015.
The awards evening was a culmination of dozens of entries from across Pennine Lancashire and DACA was judged as winner of the Secondary School of the Year because it has not only affected thousands of youngsters, but has also been a catalyst for the transformation of Darwen.
Staff at the school believe that the specialism of entrepreneurship has a positive impact on its students who are learning the characteristics of being entrepreneurial. The judges felt the school had gone even further by driving an economic transformation in the area. During the judging, Mebz Bobat, head of service in education partnership services at Blackburn with Darwen Bourough Council, the main sponsor of the awards, said “They’re breaking down barriers of young people’s expectations. They expect them to do well, expect them to be the first to go to university in their family. The pupils are fit for purpose for employment.”