The David Ross Education Trust is developing a network of unique and diverse schools and academies.
By supporting the needs of each academy, our mission is to ensure that each of these academies is recognised as outstanding, by supporting and broadening the horizons of staff, governors and, most importantly, students to ensure that everyone has access to a high quality academic education.
The Trust believes that each of its academies should have a unique ethos and character that responds to the needs of its local community. We strongly believe that parents should have choice and diversity and be able to choose from a range of schools within their area to best meet the needs of their child, but that once that choice has been made we will do everything possible to meet the needs of the child and ensure that they become successful learners and develop into young people who the family, academy and community can be proud of.
With the addition of its second academy, Malcolm Arnold Academy, in September 2010, the Trust acquired multi-academy status. Since then a host of primary and secondary academies across the East Midlands, East of England and Yorkshire & Humberside have become part of the Trust.
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Through our school-to-school improvement model, the Trust have been able to significantly improve student attainment, as well offering life changing opportunities.
- A-level performance continues to improve. In 2013 the number of KS5 entries across the Trust that were awarded an A*-B grade (or equivalent) rose from 35% - 45%. More students than ever before will be going to Russell Group universities in 2013 from DRET academies.
- The average number of young people in each of our academies to achieve the key government target of 5 A-C (inc. maths & English) has now risen from 52% to 66% across the network's secondary academies in just two years (2012 - 2013).
- In 2012, combined L4+ English and maths increased by 9 percentage points to 74% across our primary academies. In 2013's results, The Arbours Primary Academy, which joined the Trust in special measures improved their L4+ combined by 25 percentage points (from 41% - 66%). Maths results also improved signifcantly across the Trust.
- The Trust's school improvement team have been working with schools and academies, both primary and secondary, who were placed into Special Measures before partnering with DRET. Academies, such as Lodge Park Academy, have since been praised for the progress made.
- The enrichment opportunities offered, predominantly through links forged by the Foundation, have been outstanding. From Seb Coe launching sports opportunities to Ronnie Wood teaching guitar lessons, the Foundation and Trust are inspiring the minds of young people.
In addition to the work with the Trust, the Foundation also supports the University of Nottingham and Uppingham, both of which David attended.