“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


At the heart of our Trust is our firm belief in creating outstanding community citizens.

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.

We expect our students to be kind, courteous and respectful of others in everything that they do. It’s about creating schools and students that our communities can be proud of.

From contributing to their School House, to representing their peers as part of the School Council, teamwork, democracy and proactive participation are encouraged from the very moment that pupils begin their school career with the David Ross Education Trust.

Community cohesion is promoted through our local, national and international links. Every student is encouraged to take part in community challenges in order to help give back to their local community, to value our local neighbourhoods and to learn to empathise with others.

Our partners

In order to deliver a world-class education, we work with world-renowned organisations that are specialists in their fields.

Through their support we can further enrich the learning experiences of our pupils, and provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences that are truly unique to our Trust.

We are incredibly proud of our partnerships with many prestigious organisations including Russell Group universities, independent schools, arts and music specialists, national governing bodies, professional clubs and many hundreds of national, regional and local organisations across the UK.

Our partners include:

Small Team GB Logo

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

Green laptop icon

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.

Blue cup icon

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.

Light blue star icono


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.

Green T-shirt icon

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.

Small sport england logo

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

orange trainer icon

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.

Red hat icon


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.

Related Pages