David Ross Education Trust
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Life With Us

Our school has a strong pastoral support team, which establishes a highly effective partnership between home and school.

Both our school and Boarding House possess a warm, family atmosphere in which students from the local area, and from different cultures and countries, are happy and well cared for.


When students enter the school they are allocated to one of four houses (Lumley, Magdalen, Newton, Tennyson) not on the basis of ability but often to take account of family connections and current friendships.


Regular House Assemblies are held by House Staff. Each house has five forms with students ranging from Year 7 to 11 within the forms, this helps the students to settle and mix with students in different year groups continuing the positive and encouraging atmosphere within the school.


The school has excellent connections with the School Nursing Service, the EWO, Social Services, the Educational Psychologist and the Careers Advisory Service to which students can be referred as and when necessary.


Student voice is an essential part of obtaining student feedback about the school and it is vital. Students of all ages are able to share their views. Each house has a council meeting that is chaired by the House Prefects and over seen by the Head of House. These meet once a term to discuss issues raised by the pupils themselves from their house. House council members are elected to stand on the school council and these meetings are chaired by the Head Boy and Girl. These also occur once a term. Students also get the opportunity to complete learning surveys and questionnaires.