Trentham Academy

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Trentham Academy
Allerton Road


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Coordinates52°58′18″N 2°11′42″W / 52.9718°N 2.1949°W / 52.9718; -2.1949Coordinates: 52°58′18″N 2°11′42″W / 52.9718°N 2.1949°W / 52.9718; -2.1949
TypeA Co-operative Trust College
MottoAspire, Endeavour, Achieve
Religious affiliation(s)All
Local authorityStoke-on-Trent
SpecialistScience college
HeadteacherMike Whittingham[1]
Age11 to 16
Capacity750 (up to 800)
Houses     Pioneer

Trentham Academy (formerly Trentham High School) is a secondary school located in the village of Trentham in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.[2]


On 3 July 2015, Trentham High made national coverage on ITV's This Morning, about the school's new policy on that school skirts would be banned for females, and only trousers are to be worn.[3]


The school offers a range of subjects. Most are compulsory in years 7 and 8 and become optional in years 9, 10 and 11, when students will sit exams.

Subjects include:

  • Science (physics, chemistry and biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • English literature
  • English language
  • Resistant materials
  • Religious education
  • Physical education
  • Performing arts
  • Modern foreign languages (French and German)
  • History
  • Health and social care
  • Geography
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Creative performance
  • Computing/ICT
  • Business studies (enterprise)
  • Catering
  • Art
  • Media studies

House system[edit]

Trentham Academy operates a house system involving all years.[4] On admission to the school, each student is assigned to one of the four houses:

  • Phoenix (Red)
  • Salamander (Green)
  • Dragon (Purple)
  • Centaur (Orange)

A fifth house, Ibex (Yellow), was removed starting with the academic year of 2008/2009.

Within these houses, the students have morning form sessions together consisting of forms of years 7 to 10. Students make up their houses representations.

House competitions include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Sports day
  • Talent shows (a variety of singing, dancing, comics, etc.)
  • Point collecting (for excellence in subjects and attendance)

Each house is led by an achievement manager, who is in charge of organising all house activities. They are assisted by two house captains, selected from the year 11 students. The house captains are responsible for organising and preparing the teams for the competitions and often officiate at the events themselves. All students and staff are members of a house. Students at Trentham Academy are all placed into house tutor groups. A student in year 7 will therefore be placed in a tutor group composed of fellow year 7 students and a number of year 8, 9 and 10 students forming a vertical tutor group. This enables older students to support and ‘buddy’ year 7 students in all aspects of school life.[4]

Feeder schools[edit]

  • [Ash Green Primary School]
  • Priory Church Academy

Leavers destinations[edit]

Trentham does have a sixth form but most students progress their studies onto local sixth forms and college. The main destinations include: City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Newcastle-under-Lyme College sixth form and local grammar school St Josephs Sixth Form.

On average students leave with 14 GCSEs.[5]


  1. ^ Plinkfizz. "M Whittingham | Trentham Academy - A member of the City Learning Trust". Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Trentham Academy". Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Are short skirts in school a distraction?".
  4. ^ a b "House System".
  5. ^ "GCSE results: Staffordshire teenagers buck the national exam trend". The Sentinel. Retrieved 7 July 2015.