Holy Trinity School, Crawley

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The Holy Trinity School
Holy Trinity School Crawley logo.jpg
Established 17 December 1969
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Paul Kennedy
Location Buckswood Drive
West Sussex
RH11 8JE
England Coordinates: 51°06′21″N 0°12′35″W / 51.1057°N 0.2098°W / 51.1057; -0.2098
Local authority West Sussex
DfE URN 126098 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,300
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Canterbury, Durham, Winchester, York - Four prominent Dioceses in the Church of England
Website www.holytrinity.w-sussex.sch.uk

The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School is a Voluntary-Aided comprehensive school in Crawley, West Sussex, UK. The school has a roll of around 1300 students.[1]


The Holy Trinity School is believed to have been the first purpose-built Church of England comprehensive school in the country. It was developed to provide a secondary education based on Christian belief. In 2012 new headteacher took office.


The school has hit the press in 2006[2] because of two drug-related incidents. As a result of the School's strict policy on drugs some pupils found in possession of drugs on the school site were permanently excluded.

On Tuesday 27 November 2007, a 14 year old pupil was found with an imitation gun, was arrested by police and was excluded from school.[3][4]

School places[edit]

Admission to the school is by application only and the pupils come from an area within a ten-mile radius of Crawley. They take children from some independent schools as well local state primary schools.

The Governors give first priority to those who regularly attend a place of Christian worship but they also try to offer as many other places as possible to those who particularly want the school because of its Christian foundation, ethos and values.


Holy Trinity has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for holding the longest continuous basketball rally.[5] Holy Trinity smashed the record of 60 hours and 3 seconds (set by Japan) and pushed the record to just over 72 hours. The record was set over 13–16 July 2007.

In addition, the school has won the nation-wide Basketball U15 National Schools Conference.

However this record soon after with the new record -Longest Marathon Playing Basketball - corresponds to the Asociación Juvenil Movimiento LV. Canary Island, Tenerife, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, La Cuesta. 81 hours from July 1 to July 4, 2008. It appears in the page 275 of the book Guinness of the Records 2010. The Juvenile Association Movement L-V, promoter of the game, it obtained his goal after 81 hours and a minute uninterrupted of game, in the sports complex of La Cuesta with a final scoreboard from 3.917 to 3.564. 24 players took part in two teams that were relieved in the field.

School productions[edit]

The drama and music departments work with pupils to create productions every November, alternating between musicals and straight plays. Some of the most recent productions are:

Model United Nations and Debating Society[edit]

Until 2011 the Holy Trinity School held an annual Model United Nations Conference around the beginning of July. One of the largest in the South-East of England, the conference succeeded in bringing pupils from schools around the area together to debate and resolve problems together.

The Holy Trinity School also has a permanent Debating Society, meeting once a week to debate on key subjects concerning the School and world in General. The Society elects a chairperson who controls the debate, the most recent are listed below:

  • Michael Sleeman (2012-2014)
  • Mark Smith (2008-2009, 2011-2012)
  • Alec Cooper (2010-2011)
  • Peter Topple (2008)

As well as hosting their own Model UN at the school, the Debating society regularly takes part in Model UN meetings at other schools. The Society (and School in general) also takes part in the National MACE Speaking competition each year; the competition is run by the English-Speaking Union. For three consecutive years the school has progressed beyond the first round of the competition.

Voluntary aided status[edit]

The Government provides the school with grant aid to cover 90% of the costs for external building maintenance and improvements. The Governors are responsible for 10% of total costs. Each family represented in the school is invited to commit an annual donation.


  1. ^ Holy Trinity School: An Introduction
  2. ^ "Schoolgirls expelled for using cocaine". The Guardian. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Boy held over fake gun at school". BBC News. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Gun boy excluded from school". The Argus. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  5. ^ Holy Trinity Basketball Marathon

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