Abraham Darby Academy
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|Motto||"Education is about instilling values and creating dreams"|
|Established||1937 (original school), 2008 (Academy)|
|Type||Performing Arts and Business Enterprise College / Academy|
|Specialism||Performing Arts and Business Enterprise|
|Location||Abraham Darby Academy, Hill Top, Ironbridge Road, Madeley
|Local authority||Telford and Wrekin|
|DfE URN||123596 Tables|
|Houses||Elm , Ash, Beech and Oak|
|Colours||Blue, Black, Red and Green|
Abraham Darby Academy for the Performing Arts and Business Enterprise in Telford, Shropshire, England, is the current name for the comprehensive school on Hill Top Lane, Ironbridge Road in Madeley which was first founded in 1937. It is named after Abraham Darby III and is situated approximately one mile from the Iron Bridge which he built in 1779. In September 2008 the School was converted to an Academy through a link to Adams' Grammar School, and was accepted by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The current headteacher is Stephen Hawke.
The old school building, demolished at 85 years old, was originally founded as Madeley Senior Council School, Hill Top, opened in 1927 with 400 mixed places. It later became known as Madeley Modern School from 1944, it was enlarged in 1958-59 and had 619 pupils by the end of 1959.
It amalgamated with Coalbrookdale High School in 1965 to form the Abraham Darby Comprehensive School. There were 1,244 pupils in 1980. The school has had 44 years of musical tradition, particularly with the wind band and the Abraham Darby Showband, which has played in the Royal Albert Hall and at the Carnegie Hall in New York. The school achieved Arts College status and again renamed itself, this time to the Abraham Darby School for the Performing Arts in 2003.
Between 2006 and 2008 there were significant improvements at Abraham Darby,[clarification needed] and the upgrade from a school into an Academy gave the opportunity for further improvements.
Links between Abraham Darby and Adams' Grammar School are being developed, with student and teacher exchanges, leadership training, mentoring systems, and a common house system. There will be joint events, including those for sport, music, and drama. Curriculum is supported by ICT, however each school will have different specialisms: Abraham Darby School with performing arts and possibly business and enterprise; Adams’ Grammar School with technology and modern languages.
The joint project is supported by Telford and Wrekin Council, the DCSF, and the 300-year-old Haberdashers' Company as sponsor. The two schools, although operating separately, will share governors. Part of the project will be capital investment, and new school building by 2011.
Abraham Darby student uniform comprises a tie, and a blazer bearing the Haberdashers’ crest.
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Some of Shropshire's most famous sportsmen attended the various forms of Abraham Darby. Billy Wright, the former captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. and the England football team, attended Madeley Senior School and former English super-middleweight professional boxer Richie Woodhall attended during the 1980s.