Trinity School, Carlisle

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Trinity School
Trinity School - Main Reception.jpg
Trinity School - Main Reception
Strand Road

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Coordinates54°53′47″N 2°55′54″W / 54.8964°N 2.9317°W / 54.8964; -2.9317Coordinates: 54°53′47″N 2°55′54″W / 54.8964°N 2.9317°W / 54.8964; -2.9317
Former nameCarlisle Grammar School
MottoStandards, Responsibility, Opportunity....for All
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1968 (1968)
Local authorityCumbria County Council
OversightDiocese of Carlisle
TrustTrinity School, A Church of England Academy
Department for Education URN137369 Tables
Chairman of GovernorsBrian Armstrong
HeadteacherJo Hawkin[1]
Age range11–18
Enrolment1,682[2] (2018)
Colour(s)black yellow

Trinity School (formerly Carlisle Grammar School) is an 11–18 mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Carlisle, Cumbria, England. It is a Church of England school with strong links to Carlisle Cathedral.


In 685 AD St Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, visited Carlisle and founded both a school and a church. For the next 900 years the school continued around the grounds of the cathedral.

In 1545 Lancelot Salkeld, The Dean and Head of Chapter of Carlisle Cathedral took on responsibility for the school in the Cathedral close. The cathedral was rededicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. The school occupied buildings on West Walls, some of which are part of the diocesan offices to this day.

Grammar school[edit]

In 1883 it became Carlisle Grammar School and moved to Strand Road, into what is now the Carliol Building of the school, housing the Sixth Form Centre. Since that time, governors continue to be appointed by the Cathedral Foundation. The analogous girls' school was Carlisle County School for Girls, which became St Aidan's County High School.


As the movement towards comprehensive schools took shape, in 1968 the grammar school amalgamated with two local schools, the Margaret Sewell School (for girls) and the Creighton School (for boys), to become Trinity School, a Church of England comprehensive school, with all of the sites along Strand Road.

In the 1990s, Trinity School became grant-maintained, until 1999 when it became a Church of England Voluntary Aided School.

In 1998 the school was awarded Specialist School status and was designated as a Language College.

Recent developments include the Uganda Project,[3] the USA Exchange Scheme, and overseas visits and links.[4]

The school became a Church of England converter academy in September 2011.


The £20m rebuilding scheme of the 11-16 school was completed in September 2012. They have spent £1.8 million worth of funds on a sports hall.

The Armstrong Building[edit]

This new building was opened in 2011 as the new Science and Technology centre for the school. It was the major part of the £20m rebuild programme that was officially opened by the Duke of Kent in October 2012.

The Chapman Library[edit]

This purpose-built Library is the main school library. It was opened in 2001 and is named after the former Chair of Governors, Canon Rex Chapman. It has a stock of over 10,000 items including fiction, non fiction and reference books, as well as networked computers.

The Carliol Library[edit]

This library is a learning resource centre with study areas designed for use by sixth form students.[citation needed]

Ofsted and academic performance[edit]

In 2009 the Ofsted inspection concluded, "Trinity School provides its students with a good education... the quality of the teaching and learning is good". In its February 2012 inspection, Trinity was judged to be "good" in all categories.[5]

Former Masters[edit]

Former Headteachers[edit]

  • Ambrose Wilson (1880–1885)
  • Edmund Arblaster (1885-1890)
  • Frederick Hendy (1895-1901)
  • Charles Padel (1912-1932)
  • Victor Dunstan (1932-1962)
  • DJW Williams (1962–1977)
  • J Thorley (1977–1982)
  • BD Dexter (1982–1997)
  • MA Gibbons (1997–2001)
  • J Williamson (2001-2002)
  • AP Mottershead (2002–2014)
  • D Kay & S Johnston (2014–2019)

Notable alumni[edit]

Carlisle Grammar School[edit]

Trinity School[edit]


  1. ^ "School Info". Trinity School. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Trinity School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Uganda Project". School website.
  4. ^ "Trips". School website.
  5. ^ "2012 Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted.
  6. ^ "Obituary: Keith Batey, Mathematician and Bletchley code-breaker - The Scotsman". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  7. ^ "WORDS: BIOG: Carlyle, Rev. Joseph Dacre". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Profile of the Chancellor - UWE Bristol: Structure and governance". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  9. ^ James Covert, A Victorian Marriage: Mandell and Louise Creighton (London: Hambledon and London, 2000, ISBN 1852852607), pp. 27–28
  10. ^ "News & Star | Features | Cumbrian author Hunter Davies wants your John Lennon letters". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  11. ^ From Hell Island To Hay Fever: The Life of Dr Bill Frankland, Paul Watkins, Brown Dog Books, 2018
  12. ^ Hollings, Christopher (2015). Mathematics Across the Iron Curtain. ISBN 9781470414931. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Overview of Eric Robson". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  14. ^ "WPR - Neil Turner (Ex-MP)". 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

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