Welcome to Holy Trinity School
In September 2014, Holy Trinity became a Free School. A Free School in England is an independent, state-funded school which is free to attend but which is not controlled by the Local Authority. The school is governed by the Holy Trinity Academy Trust, a non-profit charitable trust that signed a funding agreement with the Secretary of State.
The school owes its origins to the Trinitarian order of Nuns, which dates from the 12th century and was founded by two French priests, John de Matha and Felix de Valois. Holy Trinity School has extensive facilities‚ including halls, libraries and information technology suites, which enable the sharing of facilities such as the swimming pool, science laboratories and the home economics room, as well as the outdoor sports courts. Being housed on one site ensures continuity of education between the main school sections of Primary School, Senior School and Sixth Form. This continuity is being increasingly recognised by Educators as a great advantage
In becoming a Free School Holy Trinity has the following features:
- An all-age school, from age 4 to age 18, on the same site. Children who enter at age 4 will be able to continue, if they and their parents wish, until their school education ends at age 18.
- Separate primary, secondary and sixth form sections.
- A small school, with a family atmosphere, starting with up to around 470 pupils in September 2014 and rising to a maximum of around 690, when full, in September 2019.
- Building on the school’s current success in national tests and public examinations, a strong emphasis on high expectations for all pupils and on academic rigour. All pupils will study at least one foreign language from age 4 onwards, have classes in philosophy, and follow a course leading to the academically demanding English Baccalaureate at age 16.
- A strong emphasis on pastoral care and on every pupil being known and individually looked after and cared for.
- An internationally-minded school, with strong links with other parts of the world. Educational links will continue with the other schools which are members of the global network (IES) to which the current independent school belongs. The school proposes, following authorisation, to offer the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years programme at ages 4-11, from September 2014 onwards.
- At sixth form the school will initially offer an A Level programme but prepare in due course, following consultation with parents and students, to introduce the two post-16 programmes available from the International Baccalaureate (IB). These programmes are the IB Diploma and the innovative IB Career-Related Certificate, a vocational course focusing on preparation for work in the creative industries. The choice between these programmes will allow the school to provide options for all aptitudes and abilities.
- School days and term times are based on those of the current school. These involve slightly longer school days, shorter school terms (180 days a year overall rather than the usual 190+), but also a higher number of taught hours overall than most state schools.
A levels and the International Baccalaureate
At sixth form level the school will initially offer an A level programme but prepare in due course, following consultation with parents and students, to introduce the two post-16 programmes available from the International Baccalaureate (IB). These programmes are the IB Diploma and the innovative IB Career-Related Certificate, a vocational course focusing on preparation for work in the creative industries. The choice between these programmes will allow the school to provide options for all aptitudes and abilities.
Like the IB, A levels are a first-class qualification for Medicine, Veterinary Science and a number of other specialisms. However, the structure of A level often does not foster the academic breadth, independent learning and social involvement that are rapidly becoming prerequisites for entrepreneurial success and, more widely, for employability.
The transition at Holy Trinity from Advanced Level to the International Baccalaureate is taking place over four years, from 2012 to 2016. The process itself will introduce a more collaborative style of teaching and emphasise independent learning, social responsibility and creativity. As such, it will enhance the delivery of A levels during this period.
Making a difference
The cliché that the world is now a global village may be an exaggeration. What is certain, however, is that the citizens of tomorrow need to be aware of local, national and international community needs. At Holy Trinity every sixth-former is taught the inherent value of human beings, whatever their gender, race, religion and culture. Through the Holocaust Educational Trust, sixth-formers have the opportunity to visit Auschwitz in order to confront personally the depths to which humanity can sink. Through the local twinning association, strong links have been established between the danske Skole, Husum and Holy Trinity School. More locally, our sixth-formers perform concerts in support of local charities.
A bridge between school and the adult world
The Holy Trinity Sixth Form offers a unique experience for students that combines high expectations, an adult environment and a great deal of daily individual support and attention. As senior members of the school community, sixth-formers are expected to play a leading role in the life of the school as a whole. There are opportunities for helping pupils in the Preparatory School in their learning, for taking a leadership role on the School Council, and for taking on prefect responsibilities. Students are encouraged to participate in Young Enterprise, drama, music, debating, educational trips and a range of sports. Our philosophy is clear: though academic attainment is crucial and results do make a difference, integrity, a work ethic, a range of interests and passion are just as important. We prepare our students not only for academic success but for life at university and beyond.
Real life is about working successfully with other people, having flair and imagination and being able to make complex and sometimes difficult decisions. As they progress through the Sixth Form, our students are equipped with the skills that will enable them to become well-rounded individuals. Most jobs in the twenty-first century economy require team work, and so, in their daily interaction in the sixth form centre, students are encouraged to acquire a strong team spirit. With its bistro, conference room and comfortable sixth form lounge, the Sixth Form is the perfect environment for the development of these personal qualities.
Academic success is at the heart of the Sixth Form. We prepare sixth-formers to work independently within a tightly structured framework. A wide range of Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level courses is offered. Classes are small enough for lessons to be conducted in a tutorial style. We believe this is excellent preparation for the type of learning students will encounter at college and university. Our teaching staff are approachable, supportive and enthusiastic. They are fully committed to every student fulfilling their potential.
Entry to university is highly competitive. Often a single grade in one subject is the deciding factor in whether a student gains entry to their first choice university. We provide high quality guidance on university and college admissions and on careers in general. Students are given plenty of support with their university applications. In most cases these are completed and sent by half-term in the Autumn Term of Year 13.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Holy Trinity School directly.