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Welcome to Abraham Darby Academy


Specialisms: Performing Arts and Business and Enterprise

Abraham Darby Academy is an independent state school; a company limited by guarantee.  The sponsors of the Academy are the Haberdashers’ Livery Company and Telford and Wrekin LA. It opened in September 2008 as the successor to the Abraham Darby School and as part of The Haberdashers’ Adams’ Federation along with Adams Grammar School, Newport. The Haberdashers’ Adams Federation provides a strong joint partnership structure at various levels: Governance, Training School, support for learning and student development. There will be 900 places in the Academy in Years 7 to 11, and 200 places in the Sixth Form.
 
The Philosophy:
 
“Talking up students’ aspirations is crucial. If you look out for the things that people are doing well and emphasise the positive, dealing with the negative in a sensible and tactful way, you’re likely to make people exceed their own notion of their potential. And that’s what education is to a large extent about, isn’t it? Helping people go beyond where they think they might go.”
 
and Mission:
 
‘To develop in young people of all abilities the traits necessary for them to play a useful, productive and leading role in society in the Twenty First Century, and to enable them to exceed their own notion of their potential.’
 
The Academy will provide its students with outstanding opportunities and create an
ethos of the highest possible personal achievement. To this end there will be four
aspirations for all students: -
 
To develop students who are ambitious, hard working and successful.
To develop in students an intellectual interest and curiosity in their studies. We want them to be excited by their studies.
To see students fully involved in extra-curricular activities and aspiring to do these to the best standard possible.
To encourage all students to aspire to the highest of standards of behaviour and to have high principles and values.
 
The medium term aspiration is to achieve 100% of students gaining 5 A* - C grades at GCSE in 5 years and as always our target will be to exceed this aspiration by achieving it even sooner.
 
The Worshipful Company Of Haberdashers
 
Members of the Company, or Fraternity, were originally haberdashers by trade, selling ribbons, beads, purses, gloves, pins, caps and toys. The Company also had the right to search all Haberdashers' shops within three miles of the City, and to destroy goods, which were not up to standard.
 
Like other Companies, as the Haberdashers' became more successful they collected the status symbols appropriate to the times.  Their first surviving ordinances were recorded by the Mayor's Court in 1371. In 1446 the first coat of arms was adopted and in 1448 Henry VI granted a charter of incorporation which entitled the Company to hold land, and to have its own Hall for meetings. The present coat of arms dates from 1503 and the current charter by which the Company is governed today was granted by Elizabeth I in 1578.
 
However, by the middle of the 17th century the emphasis had changed when control of the trade was lost. The charitable funds, hitherto operated by the early fraternity as a 'safety net' for members, multiplied and educational establishments became the Company's main raison d'être. The original foundations and almshouses provided by a number of wealthy, but mostly childless, Haberdashers at that time continue to the present day, together with numerous other minor charities of which the Company is trustee. Their objectives include such varied causes as relief for poor clergymen, help with school fees and limited support for the eleven parishes of which the Company is patron. Assistance is given to a wide range of national and local charities including major support for Centrepoint Soho (homeless youngsters), the Royal Hospital and Home at Putney (rehabilitation of those with severe brain injuries) and the Royal Surgical Aid Society.
 
The Company takes great interest and pride in all the schools of which it is Trustee ensuring that the revenues accruing are spent wisely and that building projects give good value for money. Most of the Governors and the Heads are appointed by the Company, but not members of staff; nor does it interfere in the daily running of the schools which is the proper concern of the respective Head under the direction of the Board of Governors.  All the schools encourage the full development of the individual, and help the pupil to get the most out of both work and leisure time. The Schools are also concerned to promote a broad tolerance of different viewpoints and consideration for others, within the context of a Christian heritage. From their foundation by four, childless, Puritan Haberdashers who sought to enlighten future generations, the schools have developed and, today, over 7,000 pupils in ten schools encompassing the independent sector, 3 Academies, a Voluntary Aided Grammar School and a Voluntary Aided Primary School, are offered the best education available.
 
The other schools for which the Haberdashers' Company is Trustee are:-
 
           Adams’ Grammar School 
           Thomas Aldersey C of E Primary School, Bunbury
           Haberdashers’ Monmouth Boys’ School
           Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls
           Haberdashers’ Agincourt School in Monmouth
           Haberdashers' Aske's Boys’ School, Elstree
           Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree
           Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College (Academy)
           Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy
           Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy
 
All the three London Academies are 3-18 years schools all with a Primary Phase, Hatcham Temple Grove, Knights Temple Grove and Crayford Temple Grove.
Abraham Darby Academy was the tenth school to become a member of the Family of Haberdashers’ Schools.

About us

We genuinely feel that we are offering something unique here. We want to create an outstanding post 16 provision for the young people of South Telford. We want you as Sixth Formers to be role models that younger students can look up to and aspire to emulate. We will want you to take on leadership roles in the Academy, within the House system and even in academic areas mentoring and guiding younger students.

The Philosophy for the Sixth Form will be the same as for the Academy as a whole:
 
“Talking up students’ aspirations is crucial. If you look out for the things that people are doing well and emphasise the positive, dealing with the negative in a sensible and tactful way, you’re likely to make people exceed their own notion of their potential. And that’s what education is to a large extent about, isn’t it? Helping people go beyond where they think they might go.”
 
and Mission:
 
‘To develop in young people of all abilities the traits necessary for them to play a useful, productive and leading role in society in the Twenty First Century, and to enable them to exceed their own notion of their potential.’
 
We will provide you with outstanding opportunities and create an ethos of the highest possible personal achievement. To this end there will be four aspirations for all students:
  • To develop students who are ambitious, hard working and successful.
  • To develop in students an intellectual interest and curiosity in their studies. We want them to be excited by their studies.
  • To see students fully involved in extra-curricular activities and aspiring to do these to the best standard possible.
  • To encourage all students to aspire to the highest of standards of behaviour and to have high principles and values.

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Choosing your Sixth Form

The Sixth Form opened in September 2009, making the Academy an 11-18 centre for education. This is a very exciting time for the Academy, and especially you, the student. Our principal aim for the new Sixth Form is to achieve continual academic success.
 
Where do you see yourself in a year’s time, or even in three years time? Choosing the right courses and the right place to study next year are probably the most important decisions you will make during the next few months.
 
Being a student at Abraham Darby Academy Sixth Form means having the very best support to help you turn your hopes into possibilities and to make those possibilities become reality. There will be a very strong sense of community in the Sixth Form where students and staff get to know each other very well.
 
The Sixth Form at Abraham Darby Academy will become the natural progression for many of our own Year 11 students who wish to continue their studies at advanced level in a familiar, caring environment where they feel known, valued and well supported.
 
We will have high expectations of you as a Sixth Form student at the Academy. Students will benefit from closer pastoral guidance, via a Sixth Form Mentor. You will enjoy the independence and flexibility of life as a Sixth Former. We hope to develop your talents further as well as improving your leadership skills, confidence and enterprise ability. We will make offers only to those students who meet our high expectations in terms of attitude, academic achievements and involvement in community life. This means that you can be sure of working with others who share your own commitment to make the most of every opportunity and to achieve the very best examination results.
 
Choosing your subjects
Our aim is to ensure that you choose the right combination of courses that will best prepare you for entry to further or higher education and for the opportunities offered by your future career.
 
Through personal interviews following application, we will be able to matchcourses which best meet your preferences, interests, needs and aspirations as an individual. This level of personalised education is a special feature of the Academy Sixth Form, found in few Sixth Form Colleges.
 
We begin with an interview in the Spring Term and further advice will then be available throughout the Spring and Summer Terms and during the week following your GCSE exam results.
We offer a range of traditional A-level courses, Applied A-Level courses (both single and double award) BTEC Nationals (both single and double award) and BTEC First Diplomas.
 
At the end of the first year, you will then choose which subjects you wish to continue to study to A2 and a full A Level/BTEC course. In addition students in Year 12 will follow a curriculum enrichment programme, including CoPE and Recreation and Leisure. There will also be an opportunity to study some Level 2 (GCSE) courses, such as English, Maths, etc.
 
Careers provision is included in the Sixth Form Mentoring programme and is supplemented by Future Focus and external lectures. Applications to Universities and Colleges will be made in the Autumn term of Year 13.  Remember that whatever your choice of career the two important factors in your application will be: Examination resultsand Academy’s reference.
 
If you have been a Prefect, House Captain, team member, acted in a play, studied a musical instrument, played in a band, sung in the choir, had a holiday job, etc. – all of this will make a more interesting and desirable candidate for higher education or employment. So, make the most of your time in the Sixth Form, both in and out of the classroom!
 
Entry requirements
The expectation is that to study courses at GCE Advanced level (Level 3) it will require at least five GCSE grades at grade C or better. Acceptance to the Sixth Form will be conditional on an interview and results achieved in the summer exams

Additional support

Special Educational Needs and Accessibility

All children, including those with special education needs and those with disabilities, admitted to the Academy have access to the full curriculum offered by the Academy.  An Access Plan has been completed to assess the accessibility of the Academy and priorities and actions for improving access for students with disabilities has been identified.

The Academy has a comprehensive policy for meeting the needs of those students who have special educational needs of any kind. This broad term covers a wide range of need, from those students who require some temporary support with their spelling or reading for example, to those who have long term needs recognised in a statement issued by the Local Education Authority.

There are a team of specially trained staff within the Academy who successfully implement the Special Needs Code of Practice. This is done with thought and care so that it is advantageous for the students concerned. A register of Special Needs is in operation that is updated termly and is accessible to all staff. Individual Education Plans are written by Learning Support Staff for students who are statemented or at Academy Action Plus with input from various mainstream staff such as English and Maths departments. 

We try to identify at an early stage any student who is experiencing difficulty with their learning. A great deal of liaison takes place between the Learning Support Department and Partner schools to identify those students who will need support when they transfer. The majority of students who are entered on the Academy SEN register are at School Action and are helped in mainstream situations. Students at Action Plus have their needs met by their Heads of Year and SEN specialists. Some students, however, need more specific help either within a lesson or in small groups withdrawn from agreed subjects. During the course of this year we will refine the support model across the curriculum for students with Special Educational Needs so that learning needs are even more effectively met.

The admission arrangements for those students with special needs but without a statement are the same as those for all students. Students with a statement are placed by the Local Authority and we have good links with LA officers to ensure that students placed at the Academy are welcomed and supported. These students have the additional provision of a team of Teaching Assistants who aid them in mainstream lessons.

Learner success

A Level

This summer saw the first set of A level results, and enabled over 60% of last year’s Upper Sixth students to secure university places.
 
2015
Overall pass rate (A* - E) 93%
 
A* - A grades 12%
 
100 % pass rate at BTEC with 90% Distinction*/Distinction
 
 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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