We are incredibly lucky to be able to work alongside outstanding organisations and individuals who are happy to share their expertise and skills in supporting the David Ross Foundation's vision to give children better life chances.

Our enrichment programme is exciting and varied, designed to encourage every young person to explore new things, develop their passions and discover their talents.

The benefits are clear. These opportunities support the learning in the classroom, give students the experiences that bring to life UCAS and job applications, and encourage them to realise the importance of developing social and leadership skills.

That is why the enrichment programme is embedded into everything in the Trust.

As you can see from the figures to the right, the number of enrichment opportunities on offer continues to grow year on year.

Here are just some of our students’ recent highlights:
  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travel the world with Outward Bound Canada and take part in challenges and volunteer projects across the globe.
  • Trust-wide sports tournaments attended by Team GB sporting heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Colin Jackson CBE and Crista Cullen MBE, allowing our students to show what sport means to them.
  • A VIP drumming masterclass with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, providing the opportunity for music scholars to learn from the very best.
  • A tennis coaching session with Andy Murray for four lucky students during the week that he was named World Number One.
  • A unique opportunity to visit Google UK’s Head Office, providing a behind-the-scenes tour of the global company and insight into future careers in technology.
  • A partnership with the Economist’s Burnet News Club, allowing students to learn from international experts and debate complex current affairs issues.
  • Inspirational workshops with world-renowned artists including Marc Quinn, Jonathan Yeo and David Dawson, helping students to explore their creativity and inspiration.
  • Music festivals and choral workshops delivered by acclaimed musicians and conductors to build students’ confidence and grow their musical talents.
  • Professional performances with the Nevill Holt Opera, Shakespeare Schools Festival and the National Youth Orchestra.
  • Talent development pathways for sport, music and the arts, allowing students to explore their passions away from the classroom.
  • Higher education opportunities and experiences delivered by the University of Cambridge, University of Nottingham and Uppingham School, helping to prepare students for their academic future.

4,200

Primary cultural enrichment opportunities in 2013/14

15,100

Primary cultural enrichment opportunities in 2015/16

2,200

Secondary cultural enrichment opportunities in 2013/14

10,300

Secondary cultural enrichment opportunities in 2015/16

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Find out more about each area of our enrichment programmes by clicking on the links below:

Testimonial

“Leaders ensure that time is allotted during the school day for enrichment opportunities so that all pupils can benefit equally, including disadvantaged pupils and the many pupils who rely on school buses to get home. This typifies their commitment to securing equality of opportunity for all pupils. The strong enrichment programme also contributes well to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

Ofsted

Taken from a 2017 Inspection report

Testimonial

“Pupils appreciate the rich extra-curricular activities which develop their sporting, musical and academic skills. For example, pupils spoke enthusiastically about the ‘apprentice day’, where they have the opportunity to experience a range of jobs. Pupils realise the valuable contribution they can make to the workplace as a result of this experience.”

Ofsted

Taken from a 2017 Inspection report

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