Trinity Catholic School
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Trinity Catholic School is a mixed Catholic secondary school in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. The school has Technology College status awarded in 2000 and Arts College status awarded in 2004 and had been awarded Artsmark Gold award. Following an Ofsted inspection in 2009, the school was given a Grade 3 (satisfactory) rating for its overall performance. Another Ofsted inspection took place in June 2013, the school had improved and received a Grade 2 (Good). The school has a sixth form college on site.
Until September 2005 when they were amalgamated, the school operated from two separate campuses: Dormer Hall on Myton Road in Warwick, and Bishop Bright Hall/Freeman Hall on Guy's Cliffe Avenue in Leamington Spa.
Students at the school were allowed to wear casual clothes of their own choosing until September 2004, when uniform with purple and yellow tie was introduced. The move came after failed attempts in 2001 to introduce a uniform. Many parents and students dislike the uniform, due perhaps to issues with students losing their clip-on ties, all students must wear a Clip On Tie as of September 2011. Currently, year 7, 8 and 9 wear a yellow and purple tie, whilst years 10 and 11 wear a blue tie with the school logo. Years 12 and 13, the Sixth Formers are allowed to wear their own clothing.
At the beginning of the 2012 term, Dr Jim Ferguson retired and Chris Gabbett was appointed in his place.
In February 2017, the school announced [discussions about] the temporarily closure of the schools sixth form due to serious money budget issues. The Sixth Form is [suggested] to officially close in September of the same year. Following a four-week consultations, the Governing Body decided to recommend that the school sixth form remain open.
Trinity was founded as a liberal Catholic school. Teachers were called by their first names, and students didn't wear uniform. Since 1989, the school has become slightly less liberal, and in 2002 uniform was introduced, although many parents and pupils tried to protest this.
The school was founded as an amalgamation of two catholic schools in the area: Bishop Bright Grammar School and Dormer High School. Dormer High School opened in Myton Road, Warwick, in 1959. Bishop Bright Grammar School opened in 1966, with Peter Hastings as its founding headmaster. It was built on a new site at Guy's Cliffe Avenue, Leamington Spa.
In the late 1970s or early 1980s, under the education reforms of the time, the two original schools merged to form a new catholic comprehensive school. For a number of years the school remained divided between the two original sites; named as Bishop Bright Hall, in Guy's Cliffe Avenue and Dormer Hall in Myton Road. A sixth-form college, named Freeman Hall, was added to the Guy's Cliffe site. In February 1999 the school announced its intention to combine all of the school facilities onto a single site. In September 2005, following the completion of a multimillion-pound extension, they were amalgamated at the Guy's Cliffe Avenue site in Leamington Spa.
Introduction of uniform
Pupils were allowed to wear casual clothes of their own choosing; a rule in place from the school's foundation. In March 2002, after prolonged discussion, and in the face of considerable opposition from parents, students and teachers, the school governors decided that a uniform was to be introduced the following school year. During the following months parents, students, and the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) fought to get the decision overturned. Under a newly appointed temporary head, plans to introduce the uniform were put on hold in September 2002.
In October 2003, a uniform was finally imposed for new-starters for the following (2004/5) school year. Pupils organised demonstrations, and lessons were boycotted in protest against the way the decision had been taken. The school stated that parents of pupils starting at the school wanted the uniforms and characterised the protestors as not being representative of the majority view, and the PTA was criticised for lobbying the parents, pupils and teachers to continue the protest. The Member of Parliament for the area became involved, inviting the Archbishop of Birmingham to intervene and help to resolve the disagreement. In November 2003, at the annual meeting of the PTA, a clear majority of parents supported a vote of no-confidence in the governing body, calling for them to resign.
The protests failed however, and on the first day of the 2004/5 school year, new pupils arrived at the school wearing the uniform.
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