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
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 1000
Gender Other
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, England. The school has a roll of around 1000 students.[1]

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.


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

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.


The school has won the nationwide basketball U15 National Schools Conference.


Holy Trinity has appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for holding the longest continuous basketball rally.[2] 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.

However the school no longer holds the record. It was raised to 81 hours in 2008 in Tenerife.

School productions[edit]

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

Model United Nations and Debating Society[edit]

Until 2011 the school held an annual Model United Nations Conference around the beginning of July. The conference brought pupils from schools around the area together to debate and resolve problems together.

The Holy Trinity School also had a permanent Debating Society, meeting once a week to debate on key subjects concerning the school and the world. As well as hosting their own Model UN at the school, the Debating Society takes part in Model UN meetings at other schools. The Society (and the school in general) 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.


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