Simon Barber, headteacher of the school said, “We were delighted with our Ofsted outcome in July which confirmed our own judgement that we are a good school. This was a wonderful result for us and testament to the hard work of our staff and pupils. I was particularly pleased with one of the comments we received about the behaviour of our pupils saying that, “attitudes to learning are almost always exemplary”. We are so proud of the young people in our school, they work hard and want to achieve well, it makes teaching such a pleasure when you are working with such motivated pupils.
We don’t want to be a good school though, we want to be outstanding. We will use this inspection outcome to build moving forwards so that we can increase the number of our pupils exceeding National Averages, so that in time we can become an outstanding school.
Being a through school means teaching and learning can be done differently at Holy Trinity than in traditional primary and secondary schools. In the primary phase individual classes are taught by one teacher and there is specialist subject teaching in secondary phase. The difference is that all primary children receive specialist teaching in PE, Music and French each week, and the primary phase are regularly able to access and make use of secondary specialist facilities, particularly in Science. As a result of this work the primary children are growing in confidence and ability, developing specialist knowledge and skills earlier in their school lives which will stand them in good stead as they get older.
When our Year 6 children transfer to our secondary phase there is very little change for them, they know many of the secondary teachers, they know their way around and can hit the ground running when they start in Year 7. For children who join us in Year 7, their transition is eased by having so many children who know the school well and they are well supported and looked after.
Secondary phase students are encouraged to support children in the primary phase, so they hear readers, organise playground games and get involved in some lessons. As a result of this the secondary pupils are able to consolidate their own learning by teaching younger children and supporting their learning. The children and young people at Holy Trinity are like a big family, they are all on their own learning pathways but they see and have contact with each other regularly.
Being the headteacher of Holy Trinity enables me to have an influence on the education of 1150 children and young people and to try to create a new way of working; blending primary and secondary expertise, blurring the transition between Key Stages 2 and 3 and underpinning all our work with our Christian foundation.
We are so lucky to have been given such an amazing school building to enable our young people to have the very best start in life. They deserve nothing less. We have an opportunity to develop something very special at Holy Trinity, a Christian legacy that will last for generations to come.”