Trinity School, Newbury

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Trinity School
Trinity School logo.svg
Established 1999
Type Academy
Headteacher Charlotte Wilson M.A. (Ed)
Location Love Lane
RG14 2DU
Local authority West Berkshire
DfE URN 131790 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 850[1]
Gender Co-Educational
Ages 11–18
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 a Performing Arts specialist status – facilities for this area of the school include 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. Fast forward to January 2014 and Trinity received a ‘Good’ 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.

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 on 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 the summer of 2015, more extensive refurbishment work took place. This included the creation of 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 now house 30 PCs each and brand new 70” interactive SMART Boards. A new library is currently being built on the site and is due to be opened in February 2016.

Senior Leadership Team[edit]

The Senior Leadership Team at Trinity consists of seven members of staff. As of September 2015, the team comprises:

Position Member of Staff
Headteacher Mrs Charlotte Wilson
Senior Deputy Headteacher Mr Brendan Hanlon
Deputy Headteacher Mr Graham Davis
Deputy Headteacher Mr Nick Awbery
Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form Mr Rhodri Watkins
Assistant Headteacher/SENCo Mrs Fran Pearless
Assistant Headteacher Mr Darren Stillman


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 Commendation totals at the end of each term.

Heads of House are supported by 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 up a report.

The three Houses are: Dragon (Blue), Griffin (Yellow) and Phoenix (Green).

House Head of House Badge
Dragon Mrs Jo Whitford Trinity Dragon House.jpg
Griffin Mr Alistair Hirst Griffin House Trinity School.png
Phoenix Mr Ed Collett Phoenix House Trinity School.png

Heads of Year[edit]

Heads of Year are responsible for all the students in a year group. The table below shows the Heads of Year:

Position Member of staff
Head of Year 7 Miss Emma Jervis
Head of Year 8 Mr Ed Collett
Head of Year 9 Mrs Jo Whitford
Head of Year 10 Mr Alistair Hirst
Head of Year 11 Mr Jon Bastable
Head of 6th Form Mr Rhodri Watkins

Sixth form[edit]

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 below the library and provides a common room which is used as a socialising space, a study area containing a suite of networked computers 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 Rhodri Watkins
Assistant Head of Sixth Form Miss Ruth Crossley



The school offers GCSE subjects that include mathematics and the DiDA (Diploma in Digital Applications). Since the school's opening in 1999, the GCSE grades have notably improved.

ACE Unit[edit]

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.


Trinity School's past and present headteachers, since its establishment in 1999, are as follows:

Years Name
Trinity Comprehensive School
September 1999 to
July 2003
Rosemary Roscoe
September 2003 to
December 2008
Deborah Forster
January 2009 to
February 2009
Charlotte Wilson (Acting)
February 2009 to
December 2011
Paul Gerard Dick (Executive)

Charlotte Wilson (Associate)

January 2012 to
July 2012
Paul Gerard Dick (Consultant Head)

Charlotte Wilson (Headteacher)

Trinity School (Academy)
September 2012 to
Charlotte Wilson


Year Students achieving 5 A* - C grades at GCSE
2013–2014 62%
2012–2013 51%
2011–2012 62%
2010–2011 59%
2009–2010 45%


  1. ^ "Trinity School". Ofsted. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

Coordinates: 51°24′47″N 1°19′12″W / 51.413°N 1.320°W / 51.413; -1.320