Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Chair of Governors||Ken Tyson|
|DfE URN||134997 Tables|
|Colours||Blue & Gold|
The school opened in September 2006 as part of ambitious plan to replace all of the district’s 11-16 schools, funded by a government public–private partnership programme called Building Schools for the Future. It was formed from the merger of St Theodore's Boys High School and St Hilda's Girls' High School and initially occupied spit sites of the former St Hilda's and Habergham Sixth Form Centre. Bernadette Bleasdale, who had been the head of St Hilda’s since 1992, became the new school's first head teacher.
St Theodore's RC High School was a boys 11-16 school with a mixed sixth form.
St Hilda's RC High School was a girls high school originally opened in 1954.
Demolition started on the former St Theodore's site in June 2008, and the School moved into a new £24m building, in September 2010. The new college will initially hold approximately 1000 students and will eventually hold a 1250 capacity. Shortly after Ofsted placed the school in special measures in 2011, Bleasdale announced she would retire at Easter 2012. Richard Varey took over as head teacher and the school exited special measures in March 2013.
|Pupils with equivalent of 5 or more GCSEs grade C or above (inc. English & Maths)|
|Year (Source)||Students||% special educational needs||England %||School %|
|2004* (BBC)(BBC)||(158 148) 306||(1.9 7.5) 4.6||42.7||(44.0 61.0) 52.0|
|2005* (BBC)(BBC)||(123 141) 264||(13.0 10.6) 11.7||44.9||(42.0 57.0) 50.0|
|*Figures for previous school, in this case: St Theodore's (boys) & St Hilda's (girls) RC Schools|
In 2007 the school's value-added measure was 1006.7 (national average 1000). In 2010 the school was again the highest performing in the borough in terms of GCSE results. The DfE figures released in January 2011 show Blessed Trinity to be the only school in Burnley where more than half the pupils achieved five good GCSE passes including English and maths.
Notable former pupils
- St Theodore's RC High School
- Sir Vincent Fean, diplomat
- Peter Salmon, BBC executive
- Liam Spencer, artist
- Chris Casper, football manager
- Ben Pepper, artist and illustrator
- James Anderson, cricketer
- Jonathan Clare, cricketer
- Sean Ruane, Opera singer.
- Chris Scott, footballer
- Paul Scott, footballer
- Adam Kay, footballer
- Chris Turner, footballer
- St Hilda's RC High School
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- Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010
- Snowboard Asylum Archived November 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2010
- Ben Pepper's Blog Accessed 2010
- "Opera stars hit high notes at Burnley school". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Match of the day - Phil Neville and Julie". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 18 May 1999. Retrieved 6 February 2016.