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Welcome to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Thank you for your interest in the Sixth Form. If you choose to join the Class of 2015, we shall do everything we can to help you achieve the self-confidence, social awareness, skills and qualifications which will benefit you throughout your life. We shall respect you as an individual, encourage you to make your own decisions and take responsibility for your own learning. You will also enjoy a learning environment designed to engage, inspire and challenge you and, with the support of your progress tutor and teachers, help you fulfil your potential.

If you missed our open evening in November, we will be very pleased to arrange private guided tours for students and parents at any time by appointment. We hope you will like our unique blend of warmth, friendliness, opportunity and challenge, quality and achievement, and that you will make the Sixth Form your first choice for September 2015.

Great reasons why you should join us in 2015:

Excellent Results

100% pass rate with 52% A*-B grades and an overall average point score per subject equal to a grade B. Our positive value added score means our students significantly exceed their predicted grades based on GCSE results. All this makes us one of the best performing state-funded Sixth Forms in the North West.


Graded as Good by Ofsted in January 2013 and aiming to become Outstanding by 2015.


You will receive the highest quality teaching, care and guidance. We regard every student as special, unique and talented and our experienced, friendly and caring staff take the time to get to know the real you. We know you want to do well and we always go ‘the extra mile’ to help you fulfill your potential and ambitions.

Do It Your Way

We have 50+ A Level, applied and vocational courses for you to choose from. We’re also one of the few Post 16 providers in the area where you can combine A Levels and BTECs in almost any combination that suits your personal interests and university and career ambitions. We will be adding Chinese (Mandarin) and Professional Commercial & Residential Property Services for September too!

Stretch and Challenge & Enrichment

Combined with our unique specialism of entrepreneurship to help you develop skills and qualities looked for by universities and employers, our specialist sports academies, Pre-Teaching, School of the Arts, Career Academy, Leadership Academy, AfriDACA, Duke of Edinburgh, Cadet Force (from Sept. 2015), university visits, volunteering, music and dramatic productions and much more besides will help you develop your talents and boost your CV.


We have a large support network for you to take advantage of during your time at DACA, including a dedicated Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, Sixth Form Personal Tutors, Student Services and an on-site professional Counsellor. You will have plenty of people on hand to help you in any situation.


Our state-of-the-art classrooms and dedicated Sixth Form facilities such the Sixth Form Centre and Scholar’s Café, enable you to excel in your subjects and develop your independent learning skills in preparation for university or employment.


Situated in the heart of Darwen with excellent road links and within easy walking distance of railway and bus stations, the Sixth Form is very convenient for students at schools, academies and colleges throughout Darwen, Blackburn, Chorley, Preston, Bolton, Bury, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle. Subject to personal circumstances we can help you with bus and train travel passes.


You will receive outstanding help when applying for university, further training or employment. More than 70% of Leavers progress on to university each year, including Oxbridge and those in the UK’s Top 10.

Financial Support

We offer a range of financial support to students who need help with the costs of Post 16 education. Please contact
a member of the Sixth Form Team for an informal and confidential discussion to see how we might be able to help you.

For further information please contact Howard McWilliam, Assistant Principal - Director Post 16 on 01254 819500 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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