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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Thomas Middlecott Academy

Thomas Middlecott Academy seeks to broaden the horizons of each and every student, helping them to achieve at the highest level both academically and through their talents outside the classroom.


Thomas Middlecott Academy nurtures talent.

Enrichment is an important part of daily life at Thomas Middlecott.

We believe it can help to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our students for an ever-changing world.

Secondary enrichment is carefully selected to equip young people with additional experiences and skills that will not only give them a head start in their adult life but also enhance their CVs, applications and interviews in competitive careers and higher education markets.

What sort of skills does enrichment teach?

  • Determination to succeed
  • Teamwork
  • Winning and losing with grace
  • Respect for others
  • Tolerance
  • Confidence in yourself
  • A sense of fun and enjoyment
  • Creativity
  • Focus and attitude
  • Health benefits

Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer and Thomas Middlecott Academy regularly participates in these activities.

In addition to our own partners, the Trust has partnerships with a number of organisations that work with us to provide opportunities in music, drama, art and other cultural pursuits.

Here are just some of the incredible enrichment opportunities we have to offer:

  • An ecological conservation project in the Caribbean
  • Outward Bound expeditions in the UK and Canada
  • Masterclasses with Olympians and other top sports stars including Colin Jackson, Crista Cullen and Rob Vickerman
  • Workshops with the Nevill Holt Opera
  • Gallery exhibitions at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Debating competitions
  • Trust-wide music, photography and art competitions
  • Sporting talent programmes and tournaments

For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:

Shane Ward & Alex Green

Jamie Healy

To contact us please call head office:
01476 566 801



At Thomas Middlecott Academy students will be able to explore music through curricular music and extra-curricular music. We have a wide range of extra-curriculum clubs, including: Choir, Taiko Drumming, Samba Band and new in September 2020 we will launching a brass group. 

Thomas Middlecott Academy Music department work closely with the local hub and private instrumental teachers giving the students the opportunity to participate in one to one and small group tuition. Students can learn to play a brass instrument, a woodwind instrument, a string instrument, a percussion instrument or develop skills in singing. 

Opportunities to perform music are available throughout the academic year. Parents, friends, family, and the community can share the performances of pupils by attending one of our events. In the last year students have performed for local primary schools, church groups, town carol services, the academy carol service, Christmas fayres, inter-academy competitions, on local radio, as reginal and nation finalists of music for youth, music for youth primary prom, the inter-academy showcase and academy summer concert. 

As part of the David Ross Education Trust our students experience once in a lifetime opportunities to meet and work with professionals within the industry. Industry experts come to Thomas Middlecott Academy, to provide insight, motivation and to equip our students with additional knowledge and skills that enable them to perform at the highest level. Nevill Holt Opera, Opera North, Apollo 5 have all visited Thomas Middlecott Academy in the last academic year to inspire and perform with our pupils. The David Ross Education Trust Allstar programme gives students the opportunity to perform with students from around the trust, to attend residential courses and perform in amazing locations around the UK. Pupils from Thomas Middlecott Academy as part of the DRET Allstar choir were featured on the Gabrieli Roar project, recording a CD which reached number 3 in the classical charts. 

To get a flavour of Music at Thomas Middlecott Academy within the David Ross Education Trust please look at the photographs and videos of music or watch the DRET Music Cup videos on YouTube.