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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.

Executive Principal and Head of School's Welcome

Welcome to Charles Read Academy

At CRA we have a strong sense of purpose and are fervently committed to the achievement of every individual.

We aim to provide a high-quality education for the 11-16 year olds in our local area in a safe, happy, caring and focused environment. We encourage all students to embody our values of confidence, resilience, ambition, courage, respect and aspiration. 

The vision we are passionately committed to providing is an exciting education where there is a relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning, a commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum and an absolute dedication to providing a wide range of opportunities that allow students to excel at what they are good at and enjoy as well as developing new talents, supported by excellent pastoral care.

Students will gain transferrable life skills and they will know that they can positively shape their lives through choice not chance. As a school community we are energised and motivated by the prospect of changing lives, of raising community-wide aspiration and improving the life chances for all students.

Through the support of the David Ross Education Trust we have installed a fantastic 3G All-Weather Sports Pitch and new science laboratories transforming the learning environment for our students.

We are student and learning focused. There are no limits to outstanding learning and outstanding achievement. Students staff, governors and parents are totally focused on developing and improving the learning of the students underpinned by positive and respectful relationships. We have high expectations of them, high aspirations for them and demonstrate complete belief in them. As a small academy we can quickly identify barriers to learning putting in support where necessary and equally spot talent and potential giving guidance, support and regularly offering exclusive enrichment opportunities, scholarships and bursaries so that our students can pursue their various talents.

We are proud to be at the heart of our local community, and regularly work with primary schools in the local area, running programmes throughout the year to secure a positive transition to secondary school. Building strong partnerships with parents is essential to realising a student’s potential therefore we are in regular contact with our families ensuring lines of communication are open.

We hope to have the opportunity to meet you in the future.

Mrs Sue Jones & Miss Charlie King
Executive Principal and Head of School