KS2 figures highlight improved primary education progress across the David Ross Education Trust

Friday, December 14, 2018

Trust’s primary students from low income backgrounds outperform non-disadvantaged students nationally

Loughborough, 14 December 2018:  The David Ross Education Trust is pleased to announce that it is one of the country’s top performing large Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in the primary sector, following the publication of Key Stage 2 (KS2) Progress scores for 2018.

2018’s results saw improved performances across reading (6th place up from 15th in 2017), writing (9th place up from 15th in 2017) and mathematics (10th place up from 18th in 2017). Following yesterday’s figures published by the DfE, the David Ross Education Trust is one of the top 10 highest performing MATs (10+ primary schools) for primary education progress.

Instrumental to the Trust’s improved KS2 performance has been its collaborative approach to developing a core knowledge-based curriculum and standardised, high-quality approaches to teaching and learning.  At the heart of developing its education strategy has been involving Primary Principals and subject specialists from across the Trust’s 21 schools.

A systematic approach to closing the disadvantage gap was one of the Trust’s primary-wide strategies introduced in September 2017.  From the data published by the DfE, the Trust’s primary students from low income backgrounds outperformed non-disadvantaged students nationally by the end of KS2:


Simon Rose, Director of Primary Education at the David Ross Education Trust, said:

“Across our primary schools we have seen many strong performances.  At Northampton’s Kings Heath Primary Academy progress at the end of KS2 in reading and mathematics was in the top 1% of the county’s 316 primary schools, with progress in writing in the top two percent. In Bridlington, Quay Academy is now the county’s top performing primary school for reading and mathematics, representing a tremendous improvement in the quality of the education we provide to children.

Our improved results are due to the dedication of our Principals, teachers and teaching staff, who are all committed to giving children at our schools a great start in life, with an outstanding education.”

Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer of the David Ross Education Trust, said:

“Our KS2 results are testament to the incredible leadership, collaboration and teamwork across our primary schools.  Our 21 primary schools work closely together to share learning and best practice as part of our primary education strategy, working collectively to improve education outcomes for all of our children.

We believe that a child’s start in life should not determine their future success.    It is particularly pleasing to see that children in our primary schools from low income backgrounds are outperforming their non-disadvantaged peers nationally. We know that the attainment gap between children from rich and poor backgrounds widens throughout their education, which is precisely why we place so much emphasis on successful early intervention in Early Years and Primary.”