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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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Quay Academy

Our school's friendly, communal atmosphere was noted by Ofsted with them describing us as, 'a happy and inclusive school where pupils behave well and develop strong relationships'.


We have a range of enrichment activities that ensure the children are provided with a range of experiences that enhance their learning and bring relevance to the curriculum.


As a school, we really value the arts and recognise the positive impact it can have on our children’s learning. As part of this achievement, our school will be working with a diverse range of partners to deliver high-quality arts and culture education.

We are really proud of our music provision which is taught by Mr Wilson - a music specialist. Mr Wilson has worked at the school for many years. On top of his work here at Quay Academy he supports other David Ross Education Trust schools in Scarborough, Hull, Grimsby, Skegness and Grantham as their Primary Music Specialist. Each child receives music through 10 minutes of music everyday, taught by classroom teachers plus a further longer, 45 minutes of music per week. The children receive a varied curriculum where they experience a wide range of musical activities including playing different instruments that include ukuleles, recorders, glockenspiels, keyboards, hand bells and boomwackers. Each year group has the opportunity to perform their talents to family and friends at least once in the year.

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We have a well-established Choir at Quay which rehearses weekly and perform at a number of events in and around Bridlington.

African Drummers – Rhythm is the Quay

Our African Drummers also rehearse weekly and were auditioned, with success, to perform at our trusts Primary Music Festival, Hull City Hall.

They also take part in the Music for Youth Festival in Hull where we received some fantastic feedback on our performance. Our performance was so good that they were invited to perform at the Music for Youth National Festival in Birmingham

Other Performances and Successes

Royal Opera House Partnership

Year 5 performed a bespoke version of Hansel and Gretel, at Bridlington Spa, alongside professional musicians from the Royal Opera House and Nevill Holt Opera. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform, to a live audience, with such high-class professionals.



Our Year 4 children took part in a song writing project led by Sam Dunkley at Performing Arts etc Ltd. We wrote a song called “It’s an excellent day to be me” which was been chosen by the East Riding Music Education Hub to be included in their song pack for the Big Sing events at Bridlington Spa.

Community Performance

Year 3 prepared a performance led by Mr Wilson called ‘Rhythm and Stomp Riversong’ this was performed on the streets of Scarborough, outside the Brunswick Shopping Centre on the afternoon of Friday 22nd June raising funds for the RNLI.

DRET Dance Festival

Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 came together to form a Dance Troupe which performed at our upcoming DRET Dance Festival at Hull City Hall. Nine other schools from the David Ross Education Trust came coming together on this day to rehearse and provide an evening of Dance.

Summer Showcase

During the last week of term, to celebrate the fantastic music going on in our school we hold a summer showcase involving music performances from our Choir, African Drummers, String Orchestra and Recorders.

KS1 (Reception, Year 1, Year 2)

Visitors from the local community including the Fire Service, school nurse, dental nurse (known affectionately as the ‘Tooth Fairy’ to the children!)

Trips out including Honeysuckle Farm, Sewerby Hall and Zoo and of course, the beach!

KS2 (Year3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)

A range of visitors including theatre groups, sports stars and songwriters.

Two residential visits, one in Year 4 to North Yorkshire (1 night) and one in Year 6 to Wales (4 nights).

A range of other trips out to local places of interest including Barley Hall, Burton Agnes Hall and the Yorvik Centre.

We take part in a number of musical and dramatic events including Brid Big Sing, Young Voices (at Sheffield Arena), Shakespeare Festival, Rock Challenge (we were winners in both 2012 and 2014!) as well as our own steel pan band and African drums.

Our children take part in various intra- and inter-school sports events both within our local cluster and DRET.

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.

Highlights from last year include:

  • A Big Sing led by Opera North
  • 14 of our primary schools participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival
  • 6 of our primary schools worked with The Northern Ballet, this involved a trip to see a production and several workshops
  • Several of our Northamptonshire schools developed partnerships with The Royal & Derngate Theatre and The Corby Cube

Our most recent opportunities include:

  • A working partnership with Lincoln Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall and The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, offering half or full day trips.
  • Nevill Holt Farm: A working farm available to our schools for day trips or camping overnight.

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

 To contact us please call head office
01476 566 801