David Ross Education Trust

Broadening Horizons


The David Ross Education Trust currently has over 30 academies, incorporating primary, secondary and grammar and special schools. More schools are in the process of converting to academy status to join the Trust, and we opened our first free school in September 2014.

DRET operates regional hubs, whereby academies work with other schools who are part of the Trust so that they can share skills and knowledge, allowing them to benefit and learn from each other.

Abbey CE Academy

The Abbey CE Academy is a happy and friendly school with hard working staff and pupils. The school use a variety of teaching methods to make learning fun and offer a stimulating environment, which aims to develop each child’s potential. 

As a Church of England academy the school also holds close links with the Holy Cross Parish Church. They also have good links with the community and other schools and academies in the Daventry area.

Ainthorpe Primary School

Ainthorpe Primary School is a warm and welcoming school situated in the city of Hull. The school prides itself on promoting a positive ethos in order to ensure pupils learn in a happy, safe and secure environment.

The staff at Ainthorpe work hard to support every child’s individual needs and strengths. The school recognises that children learn best when they are supported and challenged accordingly in order to allow them to develop their personal confidence and self-esteem.

Barnes Wallis Academy

Barnes Wallis Academy is pleasantly situated within the villages of Coningsby and Tattershall. Its small size undoubtedly helps to create a strong feeling of togetherness that contributes to the ease of relationships between students, parents and staff.

The academy believes that education is very much about treating students as individual learners. The staff work hard to find out what will help students to reach their full potential. 

Briar Hill Academy
Briar Hill Primary School
Briar Hill Primary School prides itself as being a values school, we promote six core values across the school at all times. These values are respect, caring, welcoming, helpfulness, determination and honesty. They ask all members of their school community to support and model these values in everyday life. Their philosophy supports every child’s individual needs and strengths and we believe that children learn best when they are supported and challenged accordingly in order to develop their personal confidence and self esteem.
Bringhurst Primary School

Bringhurst Primary School is a happy and friendly school bordering Great Easton in rural Leicestershire.

The school prides itself on providing educational excellence within a positive nurturing environment. At Bringhurst each and every child is encouraged to build their confidence and achieve their best. 

Cedar Road Primary School

Cedar Road Primary School has over 400 pupils aged 5-11. Over 88% of the pupils achieve Level 4 plus in Reading, writing and mathematics combined. The school was judged by Ofsted in July 2010 to be good with outstanding features in several areas, including pupils' contribution to the school and the wider community and the school's engagement with parents and carers.  The school is a member of the Area Improvement Partnership in the town and feeds several secondary schools including Malcolm Arnold Academy.

Charles Read Academy

Charles Read Academy is a smaller secondary school in rural Lincolnshire. The academy aims to provide each one of their students with the close care and support to excel both inside and outside the classroom. Their close family community means we can give each student the level of encouragement they need to achieve results at the best of their ability. Three core values underpin everything that is good about Charles Read; these are respect, good behaviour and high attendance.

The academy was due to close in July 2013 until DRET stepped in to keep Charles Read open and part of the local community.

Charnwood College

Charnwood College offers an excellent education - with dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities - for students aged 11-19. 

Charnwood College prides itself on valuing equally the education of every student, whatever their talents or background. Students are expected to respect others, take responsibility, be community-minded, work hard in lessons and achieve their potential.


Eastfield Academy
Eastfield Academy

Eastfield is a happy place to be where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. They aim to give children a really good start in life by developing their basic skills in literacy and numeracy while also giving them the chance to apply these skills in real life situations. They want children to leave our school as good people able to get on well with each other and with memories they will keep for the rest of their lives. 

Edward Heneage Primary Academy

Edward Heneage Primary Academy converted to academy status in 2012. Located in the heart of Grimsby, the school has only recently moved into new state-of-the-art facilities. Edward Heneage has just under 300 pupils, aged from 3-11. The proportion of pupils at the school who are eligible for free school meals is well above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils with special educational needs.


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