David Ross Education Trust

Broadening Horizons

Our Standards


"At every level, DRET academies are improving. More students are now in good, or better, schools. From Early Years to A-Level, results are strengthening significantly. More scholarships are being awarded, more enrichment opportunities embraced and more young people are achieving their goals and aspirations.” 


David Ross, Sponsor

Our Standards 

Our Annual Reviews provide an indepth review of our achievements as a Trust, please click on the images at the bottom of this page to view our most recent editions.

While no education organisation should be reviewed on statistics alone, our academies are ensuring that more young people learn in Good or Outstanding schools, and that they are raising the bar and setting new standards in terms of the results that they are achieving. 

Primary Performance

Primary performance has improved across all age groups in 2015/2016.

  • In Early Years the proportion of pupils achieving good levels of development has increased by five percentage points to 69%, bringing us in line with the national average. This represents a 17 percentage point increase over the last two years.
  • Outcomes in Year 1 phonics have again improved and now stand at 78%. 
  • Combined EXS (Expected Standard) at Key Stage 1 is above the 2016 national average by two percentage point and combined GDS (greater depth standard) is above the 2016 national average by seven percentage points.
  • Combined KS2 EXS is five percentage points closer to the national average than in 2015. Combined GDS at KS2 is significantly closer to on the previous year’s outcome at Level 5 combined.

The performance of disadvantaged pupils across all the primary measures has improved against national figures, in some cases this has been significant, which is further evidence that the Trust continues to narrow the gap for these pupils. 


While comparing GCSE results in 2016 to previous years is difficult, it is clear that our academies have continued their progress and outperformed the national average over the last set of GCSE results.

This means that the gap to the national average is now less than three percentage points - meaning that children who have historically been in very challenging schools are now able to access a strong, and in many cases an Outstanding, education. 

  • In 2016, Barnes Wallis Academy was the most improved school in Lincolnshire, and amongst the most improved schools in the country, seeing a 34 percentage point increase in the number of students gaining a C grade or above in English and maths.
  • Humberston Academy was recognised as the strongest maintained school in North East Lincolnshire, coming top in three of the four areas that are monitored and measured.
  • Charles Read Academy, who joined the Trust in 2013, maintained and built on the progress they have made. Between September 2013 to August 2016 they were in the top 100 most improved schools in the country, and this year they secured their best ever results as 55% of students secured C or above in English and maths.
  • Malcolm Arnold Academy saw a 10 percentage point increase in the number of students achieving C or above in English and maths. Havelock Academy celebrated a seven percentage point increase against the same measure.
  • Charnwood College continued the progress it is making, as students achieved their fourth year of improving exam results. This sustained success means that the College is now above national average.
  • The English and maths departments at King Edward VI Academy celebrated some of their best ever individual results, and overall the academy’s combined English and maths results were up 10 percentage points.
  • Nearly 60% of students at Skegness Grammar School achieved the challenging English Baccalaureate.
  • Thomas Middlecott Academy made their first steps towards improving exam results in their first full year in the DRET network. Over 50 A* and A grades were achieved, and in some subjects over 85% of students secured a C or above.
  • Lodge Park Academy, who celebrated their best set of results in a generation in 2015, maintained the progress they have made.

 Key Stage 5:

  • At Charnwood College, nearly a quarter of all grades achieved were A*, A or equivalent.
  • Skegness Grammar School surpassed the previous number of students who achieved AAB in three facilitating subjects
  • At Malcolm Arnold Academy, the average grade for vocational qualifications was a Distinction +, the number of A*- B grades significantly improved and the academy celebrated one of their first students going to Oxbridge.
  • At Havelock Academy, the average vocational grade moved from a Merit + to a Distinction +.


Over half of the Trust’s academies are now Good or better, with many academies shortly due their first inspection since joining DRET.

There have been some significant successes, including:

  • Wold Academy moving from Special Measures to Outstanding in just five terms.
  • Humberston Academy moving from Good to Outstanding.
  • The Arbours Primary Academy, which was ranked amongst the bottom primary schools in Northamptonshire prior to conversion, is now rated as Good across the board.
  • Eresby Special School secured its third consecutive Outstanding rating.
  • Briar Hill Primary School secured Good across the board for the first time in its history, a feat also achieved by Havelock Academy.