They are actively encouraged to seek out ways in which they can apply the knowledge they have learnt in the classroom to a wider context. Whether it be through competitions, group challenges, essay prizes, trips, or additional workshops, we support them in asking questions about the wider world and developing independent thought.
By undertaking a research-based, independent project centred on their academic passions, students can explore a topic they’re interested in outside of the classroom, on their own terms. These projects can either take the form of an artefact – a physical product of some kind; such as an art piece, video essay, or coding project – or a dissertation.
Students are given time and space in their Diploma sessions each week to develop their ideas and plan their approach. They are also introduced to a variety of research skills crucial to the development of their project.
Trinity students are academically ambitious and curious. All have the opportunity to undertake further independent study in their areas of interest. Teaching and academic support is timetabled within the Diploma programme and students choose to take either an EPQ or the Trinity Academic Project. Projects culminate in a presentation whereby students are able to introduce and explain their work.
Critical thinking, research and study skills are key to A Level success and beyond, so we offer a range of enrichment courses and elective options through which students can extend their unique interests further.
Our Personal Development Programme underpins school life. The emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health of our students is of primary importance and we aim to build resilience and offer methods to alleviate stress as well as to prepare all for life beyond Trinity. A strong network of pastoral support includes supportive tutors and Heads of Year, the Head of Sixth Form, nurses with mental health training, counsellors and the Deputy Head of Pastoral.
We have a long history of developing partnerships with the community. All students volunteer to work with local charities and organisations, thereby learning important life skills and discovering value of service. Students also plan art, sports, music and IT sessions for local primary school children and assist with activities in residential homes. We aim to foster confident individuals, prepared for the world, with leadership and teamwork skills as well as a strong sense of citizenship and social enterprise.
Our Middle School Award is bespoke to each individual, and designed as an opportunity for students to drive their broader education, reflect on who they are, and who they want to become.
It runs through seven terms, from the start of the Third Year, up to the end of the Autumn term of Fifth Year. Students plan ahead, identify opportunities, spot gaps and reflect on what they have learnt, whilst working towards a Diploma Certificate at the end of the Fifth Year.
Throughout the course of this programme students are expected to take on a significant academic challenge at least once each school year. This could be a project prize, an essay competition, or another opportunity.
Those who make a difference do so because they recognise their power to effect change in their communities and societies. This is an essential part of being at Trinity. There are many opportunities to do this in school but students are also encouraged to find opportunities to do this beyond school.
‘Joining in’ is a fundamental part of what it means to be a member of our community. Trying new things involves developing personal, physical, and social skills and could mean learning a new instrument; taking part in a drama production; or trying a new sport: the list is endless.
Essential skills such as leadership, negotiation, listening, compromise and empathy are all products of experiences where you work as part of a team. As students mature, it is important they take opportunities to collaborate. This could mean running a club or society, playing a significant role in a team, or a long-term commitment to a school council.
Our Lower School Award is unique, and designed to incorporate of all the opportunities students have ahead of them when they join us. It is an opportunity for each individual to reflect on the personal attributes and qualities they want to develop.
Our Lower School Award runs through the six terms of a student’s first and second years. Students will plan the team ahead, identify opportunities, spot gaps and then reflect on what has happened and what they have learnt, working towards a Diploma Certificate at the end of the Second Year.
Through working with others, students learn how to collaborate. Essential skills such as leadership, negotiation, listening, compromise and empathy are all products of experiences whereby they work as part of a team.
A love of learning for its’ own sake is a gift. Seeking mental challenge helps us to appreciate learning beyond the classroom, tests and examinations.
Creativity can take many forms but at its’ heart, it involves ‘making’. Being creative isn’t restricted to the Arts; all of us need to be able to be creative at times.
Trinity is more than a school; we are a community and we care about the wider world. Recognising our role in the community, and our ability to make changes for the benefit of others, is important.
We are proud to offer our students a wide range of societies and clubs to enrich their academic experience, alongside our sport teams and musical groups.
We are delighted to welcome a number of visitors to the school each year, who come and speak to, and work with, our students. Notable visitors from recent years include: