The Academy has been recognised as an outstanding centre for ASDAN qualifications. ASDAN is a curriculum development organisation and awarding body offering programmes and qualifications that develop skills for learning, employment and skills for life.

The Academy currently offers four ASDAN programmes to students in its learning support department; Award of Personal Effectiveness, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, Personal and Social Development and Employability.

Learning Support Teacher Nadia Green said, “ASDAN courses provide our students with an engaging curriculum that is tailored to their needs and prepares them for life beyond school. By undertaking various challenges, students are able to develop a range of key skills, such as working with others, improving individual learning, problem solving and planning and carrying out research.

Challenges our students have worked on include, planning and cooking a healthy two-course meal, raising money for Children in Need, organising a Christmas party and helping to develop the Academy garden. The learning support team is thrilled to have been named as an Outstanding ASDAN Centre. The award highlights the hard work that takes place in the learning support department and celebrates the success of our students.”

ASDAN regional manager for the North, Karen Hudspith nominated the Academy based on the exemplary standard of work the students produce, she commented, “I nominated the Academy as I feel they use ASDAN qualifications very effectively to offer an inclusive, personalised and well balanced curriculum for their learners.  They have shown a real determination to deliver qualifications to a high standard, regularly attending support and standardisation meetings and paying close attention to moderation feedback reports. I have seen year on year improvements in the quality of portfolio evidence and feel that staff’s enthusiasm and sharing of good practice at network meetings is an inspiration to others.”