The David Ross Education Trust

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The Arbours Primary Academy

Our outstanding school has over 390 children and we are continually improving and developing what we offer to our pupils as one of the best primaries in the area.

Santa Run

Dear Parent / Guardian,

We are extremely excited to announce we will be hosting the annual DRET Santa Run again this year, raising money for the Inspiration Fund, on Friday 16th December and we would love to see all our pupils and staff to take part!

Last year over 2,000 staff and students across the Trust took part and raised an incredible amount of money for the Inspiration Fund, which provides the broad range of amazing enrichment opportunities for our students in sport, music, culture and arts.

How does it work?
We will be organising a 20 minute fun run on the school site to finish off the calendar year in style!
The run will be a sponsored event to raise money for our Inspiration Fund. Every participant will receive a Santa Run Medal. Anyone who raises over £8 will also receive a Santa t-shirt which you can keep wearing over the festive period year after year! Every participant is invited to wear their own Christmas jumpers, favourite Christmas accessory or costume!

Each pupil will need to set up their online sponsorship page, making it easy to set up and share with your friends and family to collect sponsorship. Siblings will also need to set up one page per child. Click here to set up your sponsorship page:
If you are unable to raise sponsorship online, please ask your academy for a paper sponsorship form.
All online sponsorship pages must be complete by the 1st of December. Paper sponsorship forms also need to be handed in by the 1st of December. Orders for medals and t-shirts are made on this date so delivery is in time for the event.
The top fundraiser at the school will also receive a plaque, and the top two fundraisers across the Trust will receive a special music, sport or art related prize for their school! Last year, the school with the highest fundraiser bought a smart speaker to allow music to be played throughout the whole school!


Gift Aid: We are able to claim gift aid on all donations with the donator’s permission. This can add a considerable amount to our fundraising total, so please tick for Gift Aid on the sponsorship if you are a UK Tax payer.


Inspiration Fund
The Inspiration Fund enables the David Ross Education Trust to provide our students with an incredible variety of enrichment opportunities across sport, music and the arts as well as cultural activities which we would otherwise be unable to offer. We believe exposing our pupils to these opportunities not only enhances their academic performance, but also ensures each pupil has access to a world class education which broadens their horizons for life beyond school.
As an example, our school and pupils have benefitted from the Inspiration Fund in a number of ways, including: DRET Farm visits, Voices, Sports events incl. Summer Cup, trips, All Stars and Shakespeare festival etc.

We look forward to seeing your sponsorship pages up and running by Thursday 1st December and are very much looking forward to seeing as many Santa runners as we can on 16th December 2022.

Should you have any questions, please contact the School Office.

Thank you for your ongoing support.