School saviour has high hopes for Charles Read Academy

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The millionaire businessman who saved a rural secondary school from closure is confident results are already improving.

David Ross, of the David Ross Education Trust, spoke ahead of a meeting with parents at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen on Tuesday.

Mr Ross stepped in to save the school in June after the West Grantham Academies Trust revealed plans to close it. Since then his trust has put significant funds into the school and believes this year’s results will show progress. He said: “Things are going in the right direction.

“Improving exam results is going to be a key driver for the way the academy is perceived. The results we inherited were very disappointing for the academy and for the kids.

“We have definitely put a lot of work into improving those numbers. We feel that come September we will have good news in that regard.”

Investment in the school so far includes refurbishment of the pupil entrance, 1,000 new books for the library and resurfaced tennis courts.

Further projects include a new music building and a refurbished science block.

Mr Ross said: “We have invested but we want to continue to invest. We are investing in the teachers through training and development.”

Mr Ross is also keen for the school to forge stronger links with the community it serves. He said: “We are very committed to the county and the rural community.

“We have other academies that work with rural communities. That’s what made us think we could do a good job with Charles Read.

“It will take a year or two to turn around the perception with improved results.”

Tuesday’s meeting was the first between Mr Ross and parents. But he was confident they would support his vision. He said: “I think the parents are on board. I have a clear sense that they are delighted in the direction that we are heading.