David Ross Education Trust

Broadening Horizons

Our Approach

The David Ross Education Trust works with primary and secondary academies across the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside and the East of England. The Trust is delighted to have a grammar school and special school in our network. We are also proud to have one open free school, and one in project management in our group of academies.

While each academy is unique, we share common goals, aspirations, values and methods that enable us to work collaboratively and collectively to achieve the Trust's mission.

Our mission is to become the country’s leading group of academies, committed to ensuring each and every one of our students has the support and opportunities to succeed.

To achieve this mission, three strategic objectives are at the heart of everything that we do:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Strong Community
  • Outstanding Opportunities

Against our key targets significant progress has, and continues, to be made. You can find out more by clicking here.

The Trustees developed the Organisation's Strategic Plan in Spring 2016 for the next phase of our development. 

Reflecting on the Trust's mission, five areas have been identified that Trustees believe will have the potential to make the biggest impact on the Trust's future performance. These were:

  1. Developing the DRET teaching approach and practice for sustained school improvement
  2. Strengthening leadership and governance
  3. Developing the curriculum, with a strong focus on the educational continuum and embedding enrichment into the education offer
  4. Developing the central functions and infrastructure of the Trust
  5. Ensuring the long term viability of the Trust and its academies

Four key areas are also highlighted as the key areas for investment between 2016-2020. These are:

Improvement Clusters

Improvement Clusters, in partnership with the Teaching School, remain central to the Trust’s improvement model. Clusters are groups of academies linked by geography, containing a strong framework which encourages best practice and resources to be shared. This alliance is the route by which DRET will address the legacy of underachievement, truly transforming our educational system. 


ICT is at the heart of our teaching and learning ambitions and ensuring that our students are ready for life in the 21st century. We need to invest in, and value, the contribution that e-learning can make to the network. 

Early Years

The early years in a child’s education are the building blocks on which their schooling is built. The Trust will extend nursery provision and support families by investing in high quality wrap around provision. 

Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles

A child’s contribution should be judged on more than just what is achieved in the classroom, it is the value they add to their community. Instilling the importance of citizenship and healthy lifestyles should sit hand in hand with academic endeavour. 

To read a summary of our Strategic Review, please click on the image below:

To read a copy of our latest Annual Review, please click on the image below: