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.

Kings Heath Primary Academy

King Heath Primary Academy, in Northampton, is a warm and welcoming school at the very heart of the community. 

The school provides a continuous learning journey for children from three to eleven years old and responds to developing and changing needs as pupils move through the school. As a result of high expectations, children make good progress and achieve well.

Learning is made interesting and fun so children enjoy school and have a real enthusiasm for education.


Lodge Park Academy

Lodge Park Academy is situated on the edge of Corby in Northamptonshire. They offer a high quality education to male and female students aged from 11 to 19, and wide ranging adult learning courses for school leavers and the general public. Working in partnership with students, parents, industry and the community, their staff seeks to enable and empower all students to set and review their own targets for growth and to reach them with maturity and success.

Lodge Park Academy joined the Trust in January 2013.

Malcolm Arnold Academy

Malcolm Arnold Academy has over 1200 students aged 11 - 18. The academy's vision is to broaden young people's horizons by creating a world-class academy which provides excellent teaching and learning and offers a wide range of outstanding academic and co-curricular opportunities. Since becoming an academy in 2010, the academy's GCSE results have improved significantly, rising from 34% to 52% in 2012.

Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School

Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School is a brand new primary school opening in September 2014 for children aged between 4-11 in Northampton.

The fundamental aim of Malcolm Arnold Prep is to bring the best that the state and independent education sectors can offer into one school. With an unwavering commitment to outstanding enrichment opportunities underpinned by educational excellence, the school will ensure that every child reaches their academic and personal potential.

Newnham Primary School

Newnham Primary School is a rural, village primary school of nearly 100 pupils. Its small size means that each child is valued and treated as an individual with the ability to succeed.  

In their recent inspection, Ofsted judged that in our good and rapidly improving school, ‘excellent attention is paid to the pupils’ well-being.’ They also commented on our ‘overwhelming ethos of care and support that enables the pupils to thrive in both their academic and personal development’.

Quay Academy

Quay Academy is a large, inclusive primary school in the seaside town of Bridlington. 

The School aims to give children a well-rounded educational experience. The teaching staff create a supportive environment that ensures all pupils feel involved, cared for and ready to learn. They work hard top ensure children leave our school with a confidence and self-belief that will prepare them for all of life's challenges.

Rockingham Primary School

Rockingham Primary School is committed to being an inclusive school, providing the best possible standard of education for every child, where learning and teaching are challenging, exciting and creative within a safe, secure, nurturing environment. They strive to promote self-esteem, independence and self-motivation. Rockingham joined the Trust in August 2013 and it aims for its community of pupils, parents, staff and governors to work together to assist children in developing skills to become independent, life-long learners who will succeed and contribute responsibly in the wider world.

Skegness Grammar School

In February 2012 Governors at Skegness Grammar School voted to convert to academy status and join the David Ross Education Trust, with the new academy opening in September of the same year. The school is a selective, co-educational day and state boarding school – of its some 700 pupils, around 50 are boarders. The school has a House system, with the four Houses providing a basis for competitive activities.  The school has a passion for excellence in sports, with outstanding facilities, from an astroturf pitch to a climbing wall.

The Arbours Primary Academy

The Arbours Primary School is based in Northampton and joined the Trust in January 2013. The Arbours is a very vibrant primary, with children enjoying the exciting trips and learning and play opportunities the school regularly offers. The house system is a very important part of school life, with pupils rewarded collectively for their successes. 

Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy

Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy is situated in Scarborough and has a strong ethos of enabling each child to achieve their full academic potential. The academy believes that children can achieve this through high quality teaching and learning through a stimulating, varied and relevant curriculum.

The academy's recent refurbishment has created a wonderful place for pupils to grow and develop a love for life-long learning.


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