Students and staff help broaden horizons with pioneering schools enrichment programme

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Students and staff from across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) are playing their part in giving pupils from the Trust’s 33 schools inspirational learning experiences in sports, arts, music and an array of exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Along with delivering academic excellence, enrichment is synonymous with a DRET education. The Trust’s pioneering programme encourages students to leave school as confident, well-rounded young people who will be valued members of society.

The DRET network of primary and secondary academies provides academic excellence to over 12,000 students across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and East of England.  As the only academy-wide enrichment programme of its kind within the state education sector, enrichment highlights in the last school year included:

  • International expeditions to Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and beyond, where students took part in incredible ecological conservation projects and explored new cultures.
  • The chance to meet and learn from sporting heroes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson and Crista Cullen at the DRET Summer Cup and other high-profile sporting events.
  • Attending music festivals and workshops delivered by acclaimed musicians and conductors, including one taught by legendary Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason.
  • Joining exclusive art lectures and masterclasses with acclaimed artists such as world-renowned portrait painter Jonathan Yeo, British contemporary artist Marc Quinn and acclaimed British artist David Dawson.
  • Talented performers appearing onstage alongside professionals at the Young Voices Foundation, Nevill Holt Opera and the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Broadening horizons

Helping boost the range of exciting opportunities for the next school year, students and staff are getting involved over the summer in a range of action-packed fundraising activities to supplement the growing DRET Inspiration Fund.

In June, fundraising efforts saw a group of DRET colleagues tackle a grueling 171-mile bike ride. The keen cyclists joined the Trust’s sponsor, David Ross, for the one-day cycle from Nevill Holt in Leicestershire to North Yorkshire. So far, the team have raised an astonishing £74,000.

Pupils at Eastfield Academy in Northampton hosted a big lunch and market afternoon, where visitors took part in a number of fun activities such as hook a duck, a raffle draw, bake sales and a balloon launch. Staff and pupils were delighted to announce that over £2,900 has been raised to help enhance enrichment opportunities.

King Edward VI Academy (KEVI) in Spilsby hosted a fun-filled summer fair where students had the chance to ride the helter skelter, attempt a gruelling obstacle course and launch wet sponges at their teachers. KEVI have raised an incredible £4,243 in total.

Athletes at Skegness Grammar School recently took part in a sponsored 12-hour netball match, as the team worked extremely hard in an effort to raise money on behalf of the fund. Spectators showed astonishing support for the players as they cheered them on during school break times.

The money raised by each academy will go directly into supporting enrichment opportunities for pupils attending that academy.

Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “We want our pupils to have a world-class education and a DRET education provides our students with the confidence and life-skills to realise their potential and their passions.

“We encourage all of our students to aim high and believe that they can achieve whatever they set their hearts on. This is precisely why we will be providing even more of our fantastic enrichment experiences in the next school year starting in September.”