Charles Read Academy students crowned Champions for the second year running

Monday, March 25, 2019

Charles Read Academy David Ross Education Trust

A team from the Table Tennis Performance Centre at Corby Glen's Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have been crowned the U16 girls’ champions for the second year running at the Butterfly School Team National Finals held in Hinckley, Leicestershire on Saturday.

Table tennis scholars Mollie Patterson, Danielle Kelly, Raquel Sao Pedro and Jodie Morris travelled to the finals with an unbeaten record. Throughout the competition, they were victorious against schools from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Yorkshire and Cleveland in the county and regional rounds.

Determined to maintain their 100% record, the Charles Read team got off to a strong start which set the tone for the rest of the competition.

Despite two players having to forfeit a couple of games due to injury and illness, the girls still managed to earn 6-2 victories against Priory Ruskin Academy (Lincolnshire) and Wood Green (Warwickshire) before being crowned undefeated champions.

Raquel Sao Pedro said: “We knew all the matches would be at different levels and we would have to adapt to that, but our team spirit helped us through, especially as we had the injuries.”

The academy hopes to add more national titles with the upcoming singles event in April which has already seen four Charles Read scholars qualify for the finals. Connor Green, Dylan Tynan, Raquel Sao Pedro and Jodie Morris all advanced to the national finals as Lincolnshire schools’ individual champions in the U13 boys, U16 boys, U16 girls and U19 girls’ categories, where they will represent the county.

Shane Ward, Head of Sports Enrichment at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “It was a fantastic performance from the girls and we are very proud of the result. Securing a national title for the second year is a great achievement and real testament to their hard work and commitment to our Table Tennis Performance Centre. We are looking forward to seeing our scholars in the singles event in April and I am sure that they will showcase their talents yet again”


Charles Read Academy’s Table Tennis Performance Centre, which works in partnership with the Grantham College Table Tennis Academy, is one of the many incredible sporting opportunities available to students as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme.

By providing an array of outstanding opportunities, the Trust supports athletes to develop their talents by encouraging them to compete at the highest level. Students across the Trust have participated at high profile sporting events in front of Olympic greats such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Rebecca Adlington, and have also benefited from high-quality fixtures, sports tours in Europe, funded trips to major tournaments and sports bursaries and scholarships.

For more information about the Charles Read Academy Table Tennis Performance Centre, please contact Shane Ward at