“From early years to A-Levels, our results are strengthening and progress is being made at every stage. Consequently, more students than ever before are now at schools deemed as being Good or better, and more are going to the country’s top universities.
“Given the fact that many of our academies joined us when they were facing very challenging times, this progress shows that collectively we are having a transformational effect on our academies.”

Rowena Hackwood
Chief Executive Officer

Academic excellence is at the heart of the Trust. Through the regional models, our Teaching School Alliance and education teams, targeted support is available to all academies to enable them to achieve their academic aspirations.

Collectively, our academies are closing the gap on, or meeting and exceeding, national averages. The progress that our students make to achieve these grades is amongst the very best.

The Trust is acutely aware that raising attainment, however, needs to sit hand-in-hand with raising aspiration.

Our enrichment programmes, scholarship schemes and inspirational partners help students to comprehend the opportunities that are available to them. This ensures increased purpose in the classroom, and maximises the impact that improved outcomes have on the life chances of our students.

Early Years

2015 65%
2016 69%

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

  • percentage 78
  • remaining percentage 22

Outcomes in phonics have improved once again, with 78% of pupils now meeting the required standard.

KS2 Performance

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

Since joining the Trust, Bringhurst Primary School’s results have gone from strength-to-strength, with over 92% of pupils now meeting or exceeding Age Related Expectations.

GCSE Performance

  • 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 Grades


The percentage of students in Good or Outstanding education has risen from 27% to 68% in academies inspected since joining the Trust.

  • percentage 80
  • remaining percentage 20

Primary academies have seen the greatest improvement, with 80% of academies inspected now rated Good or better.

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Case Study

Humberston Academy

Case Study

Humberston Academy

Before joining the David Ross Education Trust in 2011, Humberston Academy in Grimsby faced an uncertain future. Fast forward to today, and the school occupies…


“Staff receive high-quality guidance and training from senior leaders and also from the Trust… and pupils benefit from a wide range of extra- curricular and enrichment activities.”


Ofsted 2017

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