The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Charles Read Academy

We seek to broaden the horizons of each and everyone of our students encouraging academic excellence and transferable life skills enabling all to become effective members of our 21st century society.




At CRA we offer a range of sporting activities, in this first instance these take place at lunch times and during our enrichment periods as part of our extended school day on a Monday and Tuesday. We also offer a range of activities each night after school (Wednesday to Friday) to allow pupils to experience competitive and recreational sports. We are very lucky to be part of the David Ross Education Trust which enables us to attend high profile sporting events such as the Winter, Spring and Summer cups where our students compete in a range of sports against others schools within the trust. We also play regular fixtures against schools in the local area.


A range of music teachers visit the academy and subsidised lessons are offered in woodwind, brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion and voice. It is our aim that, through curriculum-based lessons, our students will experience a wide variety of musical education and have ample opportunities to participate in practical and theatrical work.


As part of the school's enrichment programme we run a musical theatre club, with the purpose of delivering a school production. This year's the production was Matilda. Other recent productions include Oliver and Grease.

Community Programmes

Charles Read Academy has great community facilities that are designed to support students and the extended community.

For a community to be strong, it needs to work together and everyone should support one another.

All of our students are taught to be committed citizens, and are encouraged to engage with their local surroundings. We raise money for local charities and regularly volunteer in community projects.

In a rural community like Corby Glen, it is important we do everything we can to contribute to the wider community.

Our indoor and outdoor sports facilities are available for public use and the 3G pitch is ideal for a range of activities.

If you would like to know more about our projects and facilities, please contact the academy directly.