Trinity School, Newbury
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|Headteacher||Charlotte Wilson M.A. (Ed)|
|Local authority||West Berkshire|
|DfE URN||131790 Tables|
|Houses||Dragon, Griffin and Phoenix|
|Colours||Red, Black, Yellow|
Trinity School is a co-educational secondary school with academy status in Newbury, Berkshire, England. The school opened in 1999 when two existing schools (Turnpike School and Shaw House School) and one new school combined - hence the name Trinity. Trinity School caters for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 and currently has approximately 900 students on roll.
Trinity School sits adjacent to Shaw House, a 16th-century mansion, completed in 1581. Shaw House is managed by West Berkshire council and is used as a conference venue and public attraction. The school has specialist facilities including a suite of 20 iMacs, a drama studio, 2 dance studios, a recording studio, multiple practice rooms and a large costume store. It also has a close relationship with neighbouring company Vodafone.
In 2009 Trinity was placed on the Government’s National Challenge list and was ordered to improve or risk facing closure. Paul Dick, Headteacher at Kennet School, Thatcham became the Executive Headteacher, whilst Charlotte Wilson, Acting Headteacher at the time, became the Associate Headteacher. Charlotte Wilson was appointed as permanent Headteacher from January 2012 and Paul Dick returned to Kennet full-time to take up his former role of Headteacher. In January 2017 Trinity received a ‘Special Measures’ rating from Ofsted.
On Friday 11th May 2012 the Governors voted for Trinity School to become an academy. Having academy status means the school is directly funded by central government and is independent of local government control. The school has the ability to set its own staff pay and conditions and can also change the lengths of its term and school days, as well as select its own curriculum.
Trinity has close links with its feeder primaries in the local area and in March 2013 Trinity sponsored Fir Tree Primary School, which also gained academy status. This formed the Newbury Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust, of which Charlotte Wilson is the Executive Headteacher. Speenhamland Primary School joined the Newbury Academy Trust in February 2017.
The school has gone undergone a lot of refurbishment and new build works over recent years. In October 2011 a £4 million sports complex was opened, which includes a sports hall, a 40 station air-conditioned fitness club, run by an external company outside of school hours, an IT Suite containing 14 PCs, offices, changing rooms, a gymnasium and showers. In September 2012 the schools existing Sixth Form & Library underwent extensive refurbishment work to become the schools state-of-the-art Sixth Form centre, based over 3 floors. The new Sixth Form Centre includes four study rooms, equipped with IT facilities, a servery, a large open-plan student lounge and an office for the Sixth Form staff. In September 2015 Trinity opened a new ASD Unit; a 15 place local authority resource for students on the Autistic Spectrum, in an area of the school which formerly housed 2 of the school’s IT Suites and office space. As a result, two of the school’s existing IT Suites had a complete overhaul and each now house 30 student PCs and a 70” interactive SMART Board. In May 2016 a brand new library was officially opened by Ian Pearson, Head of Education at West Berkshire Council.
When pupils join Trinity School they are placed in one of three houses. The House system provides a pastoral structure for the pupils, giving them the sense of belonging to a group. Houses compete in activities, including sport, music, dance, drama and academic success, including House Point and accolade totals at the end of each term.
Heads of House are supported by Deputy Heads of House and House Tutors. Tutors look after Tutor Groups of around 25-30 pupils and generally stay with the same Tutor Group from Year 7 through to Year 11 which enables both Pupils and Tutors to build a rapport.
The three Houses are: Dragon (Blue), Griffin (Yellow) and Phoenix (Green).
|House||Head of House||Deputy Head of House||Badge|
|Dragon||Mrs J Whitford||Mrs S Broad|
|Griffin||Mr A Hirst||Mrs D Murphy|
|Phoenix||Mr E Collett||Mr L Anderson|
Trinity School has a sixth form, which pupils from the school and from surrounding schools attend. Trinity is one of the few schools in Berkshire which offers the Performing Arts Double award at A Level.
The sixth form centre is located in its own building, comprising three floors. The centre contains a large, open-plan common room which is used as a socialising space, a classroom, three study rooms equipped with computers, a silent study area, a servery and the sixth form office.
The leadership of the sixth form is shown in the table below:
|Position||Member of staff|
|Head of Sixth Form||Mr R Watkins|
|Assistant Head of Sixth Form||Miss R Crossley|
The school offers a wide range of GCSE and BTEC subjects, which students begin in Year 9. In Sixth Form, students are offered a wide range of AS and A Levels, as well vocational qualifications including BTECs. Since the school's opening in 1999, the grades have notably improved.
The school has an ACE unit which specialises in aiding pupils with dyslexia and learning difficulties. Many pupils with dyslexia who been helped by ACE unit have gone on to universities across the country.
The ACE Unit is run by Gaynor Davies who is assisted by other members of staff. The Unit has two specialised classrooms, both containing computers which run software to aid the pupils with their learning. The unit also houses the ACE office.
The school also has an ASD unit. This resource caters for students who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Autism Spectrum Disorder and, without specialist intervention would struggle in a mainstream school. The unit opened in September 2015.
The ASD Unit is run by Kate Hinks who is assisted by an additional teacher and five Teaching Assistants. The unit will have 15 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder when full and the staff team will grow as more students join the unit. The unit is a state of the art space with two classrooms, various meeting and small group rooms, a kitchen/common room, an office and a sensory free quiet zone.
Trinity School's past and present headteachers, since its establishment in 1999, are as follows:
|Trinity Comprehensive School|
|September 1999 to
|September 2003 to
|January 2009 to
|Charlotte Wilson (Acting)|
|February 2009 to
|Paul Gerard Dick (Executive)
Charlotte Wilson (Associate)
|January 2012 to
|Paul Gerard Dick (Consultant Head)
Charlotte Wilson (Headteacher)
|Trinity School (Academy)|
|September 2012 to
|Year||Students achieving 5 A* - C grades at GCSE|