“Community is at the heart of the Trust at every level. Our partnerships, our culture and our commitment to the communities that we serve, define who we are and how we set about achieving our objectives and our aspirations.”

Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies

Supporting our communities

Through family days, fundraising initiatives, community projects and by opening our doors to allow individuals to use our facilities, our academies are rooted to their communities.

In 2016, the Trust ran, for example, a series of Family Fun Days at  a number of secondary academies to thank the community for their support and to celebrate our student’s achievements.

Strengthening the DRET community

While results and educational outcomes have strengthened, such success is not achieved through the skills and abilities of our teaching staff alone. The work of all of the Trust’s support services has strengthened, giving senior leaders and educationalists the platform and freedom to focus on the outcomes of our students.

Recent highlights have included:

  • Supporting numerous building projects through the Endowment Fund provided by the sponsor, the David Ross Foundation.
  • Significant investment in IT provision, including the development of a professional social network for staff.
  • The creation of a new Governance Handbook, helping to harness the power of our governing bodies
Our partnerships

The Trust would not be able to deliver on our academic and enrichment aspirations without the continued support and dedication of our partners.

Partnerships with schools from the independent sector have, for example, continued to flourish. Internationally renowned organisations have provided outstanding academic and enrichment opportunities and higher education establishments have helped inspire and raise aspiration.

Our partners include:

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British Olympic Association

The David Ross Foundation is proud to support team GB – connecting elite sport with our DRET academy network. Team GB support DRET with events, athletes, talent and once in a lifetime experiences. www.teamgb.com

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Independent Schools

DRET academies and representative teams often compete against independent schools and access training and facilities throughout the academic year, which include Uppingham, Millfield and Oakham.

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National Governing Bodies

The Trust work with numerous National Governing Bodies of Sport to ensure that we deliver high standards of sporting provision. This includes working with the Football Association, RFU, England Hockey, England Netball and the ECB amongst others for coaching, sports development, CPD and inspirational events.

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Many other organisations work with us to maximize the impact of our programme through facility use, funding support, local knowledge, coaches and leadership opportunities. These include South Kesteven District Council, County Sports Partnerships, School Sport Partnerships, Youth Sport Trust and a wide range of Community Clubs local to our academies.

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Professional Clubs

Loughborough Lightning, Leicester Riders and Rushden & Diamonds FC are clubs who we work closely with to provide unique talent programmes for our students.

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Sport England

As part of their satellite programme, Sport England have made a significant investment in our academies to develop clubs that provide opportunities for quality coaching in a range of sports for our students. www.sportengland.org

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Sporting Organisations

We work with a variety of independent sporting organisations to enhance our programme. These cover a variety of sports and support participation, talent, events, experiences and inspirational opportunities. London Youth Rowing, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Grantham College Table Tennis Academy, Commonwealth Games England are just a selection of the partners that we work with.

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We work closely with the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University to support programmes at local academies and across the Trust. These universities also host DRET events and run talent days for our students.

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