UTC sponsor the Aldridge Foundation is celebrating record GCSE results at each of its four acadenies this year.
At Darwen near Blackburn the percentage of DACA students gaining the government’s ‘gold standard’ of five or more GCSE grades at A*-C including maths and English has risen to 64%, the best ever achieved at the academy. Having opened in 2008, these students were the first cohort to spend all five years of their secondary education at the school and their results highlight the great progress the academy has made, since replacing a predecessor school (whose last equivalent GCSE result was 31%). All Aldridge Academies are non-selective and DACA has achieved these results with record of zero permanent exclusions since opening.
For DACA the news came on the back of achieving an overall A Level pass rate of 100%, with 26% being A* or A grades. 71% of sixth form leavers are commencing university, of which more than half are the first in their family to enter higher education.