Public school in Northamptonshire receives cash for expertise

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A public school in Northamptonshire will be given a 
“financial injection” by a private education trust in return for its secrets for success in running a school.

Great Houghton School has informed parents that it will be entering into a partnership with the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) which, they claim, will provide 
the school with “unique opportunities”.

In return for payment from the philanthropist, David Ross’s own pocket and access to DRET’s enrichment initiatives, the school has agreed to provide the trust’s network of schools with strategic advice, expertise 
and guidance.

This will include advice on staff training and general governance, among other relationships and systems.

However, Great Houghton School promised the move would not compromise the school’s qualities and said the student body, class sizes and fees would remain the same.

DRET founder, David Ross, said: “In order to offer young people the best education possible from both state and independent sectors, it is important that schools and academies from both sectors work together to share ideas, best practice and expertise. Collaboration is key.

“The trust already has a number of informal partnerships with leading independent schools and I felt it important to develop a more formal partnership with a local school like Great Houghton.”