The Trust is committed to ensuring that every student in the network has the opportunity to succeed.

Achieving Academic Excellence

The David Ross Education Trust is committed to the highest of academic standards. At the heart of this is the vision of our sponsor, the David Ross Foundation, to bring together the best that the independent sector offers, with the best that the state education sector provides.

At every level results are improving, teaching and learning is strengthening and more and more children are being taught in academies deemed to be Good or better by Ofsted.

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Early Years Outcomes

2014 52%
2016 69%

The proportion of children achieving good levels of development has increased by 17 percentage points over the last two years.

  • percentage 77
  • remaining percentage 23

Outcomes in phonics have improved once again, with 77% of pupils now meeting the required standard.

Key Stage 2 Outcomes

National 74%
Trust 78%

The Trust’s academies continue to close the gap on the national average, with our pupils now exceeding national Age Related Expectations in writing.

  • percentage 92
  • remaining percentage 8

92% of pupils at Bringhurst Primary School met Age Related Expectations in 2016.

GCSE Results

  • percentage 80
  • remaining percentage 20

In 2016, 80% of the Trust’s secondary academies matched or bettered their GCSE performance compared to the previous year.

2015 33%
2016 67%

Barnes Wallis Academy is one of the most improved schools in the country. The number of students securing C or above in maths and English improved by 34 percentage points.

Ofsted Outcomes


The percentage of students in Good or Outstanding education has risen from 26% to 62% in academies inspected since joining the Trust.

  • percentage 81
  • remaining percentage 19

Primary academies have seen the greatest improvement, with 81% of academies inspected now rated Good or better.

Building a Strong Community

Our community is our strength. Our diverse network of academies support one another through regional hubs, and the Trust’s Core Team provide a platform for educationalists to focus on student outcomes.

At our very core, however, is our belief that all of our academies should be rooted in their local community. While these communities may be vastly different, we work to ensure that every student is an individual who their villages, towns and cities can rightly be proud of.

  • 22 Primaries
  • 11 Secondaries
  • 1 Special School

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Providing Outstanding Opportunities

The Trust provides enrichment opportunities that help our students discover their talents, and are amongst the very best that can be found in both the state and independent education sectors.

With the support of inspirational partner organisations and the benefactors of our scholarship programmes, our students have trained with Olympians, been inspired by artists and visited parts of the world they may never have imagined possible.

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David Ross, Sponsor

“Our partnerships with some of the country’s leading organisations provide fantastic enrichment opportunities.”

Tom Jarvis, Skegness Grammar School, the first DRET student selected to represent Team GB

“It's every athlete's dream to go to the Olympics, and I am thrilled to have been selected. My school and teachers have been incredibly supportive.”

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Jacob Kearney, Malcolm Arnold Academy

“I’ve really loved my time at Malcolm Arnold Academy, and I appreciate the amazing support our teachers have given us to become independent thinkers and learners. I am very excited to be going to Oxford.”

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Ofsted, Inspection Report from 2016

“The Trust provides good-quality support. The school accesses a full range of expertise and this is enhancing and developing the skills of leaders and teachers in all areas of the school.”