“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 geographical hubs, our professional development programmes 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.

Key Stage 2 Outcomes

  • percentage 70
  • remaining percentage 30

Hull’s Ainthorpe Primary School saw Key Stage 2 Outcomes rocket from 22% to 70% within just one academic year.

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This year, Welton CE Academy, near Daventry, celebrated an incredible 100% pass rate at Key Stage 2.

GCSE Results

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  • remaining percentage 20

In 2017, Humberston Academy was ranked the top performing secondary school in North East Lincolnshire for the second year in a row, 80% of students achieved the new GCSE standard of 9-4 in English.

  • percentage 78
  • remaining percentage 22

In addition to their high performance in GCSE English, 78% of students at Humberston Academy achieved Grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths.

Ofsted Outcomes


The percentage of primary school children that attend a school that has been rated as Good or Outstanding has risen from 32% to 81% in academies inspected since joining the Trust.

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  • remaining percentage 50

Half of the Trust’s secondary schools that have been inspected since joining the Trust are now ranked Good or Outstanding.

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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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