Students take part in once-in-a-lifetime Caribbean conservation project

Twelve lucky Year 10 students from across the David Ross Education Trust’s secondary academies are currently visiting the Caribbean to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime ecological conservation project, with thanks to theDavid Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund.


As part of their exclusive visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines, students from Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy, Loughborough’s Charnwood College, Grimsby’s Havelock Academy and Humberston Academy, Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy, Corby’s Lodge Park Academy, Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy, Lincolnshire’s Skegness Grammar School and Kirton’s Thomas Middlecott Academy have joined peers from a local school based on the Caribbean island, where they will contribute to rainforest conservation, learn about the importance of protecting coral reef from erosion and spend time with members of the local community to find out more about their culture.


During the two-week trip, students have the opportunity to trek through the jungle, hike up a volcano, plant trees on a beach and participate in scuba diving lessons. A number of classroom sessions will also take place, where students will discuss the effects of global warming and climate change on the island.


Paris Boulton, a student at Havelock Academy, said: “I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity to visit the Caribbean. I’ve made some great new friends and I cannot wait to learn even more about this beautiful island.”


Shane Ward, Head of Sports Enrichment at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This is the third year that our students have taken part in this incredible conservation project.


“During their time on this stunning island, students have been able to learn more about the importance of conservation on the island, whilst developing key life skills and stepping outside of their comfort zones.


“This trip is just one of many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities we’re able to offer with thanks to the Trust’s Inspiration Fund, and without this support, it would not be possible to create these fantastic opportunities for our young people.”


The David Ross Education Trust Inspiration Fund is used to invest in pioneering enrichment opportunities like its Caribbean ecological trip. The Inspiration Fund is used to create thousands of incredible opportunities for the Trust’s 12,000 students to help them develop their passions and discover their talents.




If you would like to find out how you or your organisation can support the Inspiration Fund, please contact Geoff Sweeney, Head of Fundraising at the David Ross Education Trust, by emailing


You can also make a donation to the Trust’s Inspiration Fund JustGiving page, where all proceeds are used to create outstanding opportunities for its 12,000 students.