Trentham High School

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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     Phoenix

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


On average students leave with 14 GCSEs.[3]

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.[4]


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

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Resistant Materials
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Modern Foreign Languages - (French & German)
  • History
  • Health & Social Care
  • Geography
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Creative Performance
  • Computing / ICT
  • Business Studies (enterprise)
  • Catering
  • Art
  • Media Studies

House system[edit]

THS operates a house system involving all years.[5] On admission to the school, each student is assigned to one of the four houses :

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

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 2 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 High School 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.[5]

Feeder Schools[edit]

  • Ash Green Primary School
  • Priory Church Academy

Leavers Destinations[edit]

As Trentham does not have a sixth form, most students progress their studies onto local sixth forms and college. The main destinations include local grammar school St Josephs Sixth Form, and Newcastle-under-Lyme College sixth form.[6]


  1. ^ Plinkfizz. "M Whittingham | Trentham Academy - A member of the City Learning Trust". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  3. ^ "GCSE results: Staffordshire teenagers buck the national exam trend". The Sentinel. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Are short skirts in school a distraction?".
  5. ^ a b "Trentham High School".
  6. ^ "Trentham High School".