David Ross Trust Chief Executive says it’s “fantastic news” as Charles Read Academy stays open

Parents and pupils protest against the proposed closure of Charles Read Academy at Corby Glen'Photo: MSMP150213-053js
Parents and pupils protest against the proposed closure of Charles Read Academy at Corby Glen'Photo: MSMP150213-053js
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The chief executive of the David Ross Education Trust has welcomed the news that Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen can join its network of academies and stay open.

Wendy Marshall said: “This is fantastic news, and something that we have been working hard towards for some time. Within our trust we have a number of smaller academies, so we understand and appreciate the pressures an academy like Charles Read faces. We will be using our experience to help this academy grow and strengthen.”

After reviewing the business case, the Department has concluded that the Trust had the expertise and capability to develop The Charles Read Academy. While Charles Read will not officially join the Trust until the start of the next academic year, Ms Marshall confirmed that work would be starting immediately.

She said: “We will all need to work together over the coming weeks and months to ensure that no time is lost from September in delivering success in the academy.”

As part of the new partnership the academy has already been asked to take part in the Trust’s Summer Cup on July 1, a festival of competitive sport that is being attended by Lord Coe.

Ms Marshall added: “We offer our students some incredible experiences, and I hope that the Summer Cup will give the students a flavour of what is to come.”

Staff, students, parents and the wider community will have the opportunity to meet the Trust at events and open evenings later in June.

Ms Marshall added: “One of the key reasons the Trust approached The Charles Read Academy is the obvious support it has in the local community. This support is vital to its long-term success, and we look forward to meeting and working with everyone associated with the academy over the next few weeks.”

The David Ross Education Trust is the education arm of the David Ross Foundation. Mr Ross was born and grew up in Lincolnshire. For more information on the David Ross Education Trust go to www.dret.co.uk