Transition to Trinity
2021 – 2022 information
Thank you for taking time to read our parent and student guide to transitioning to Trinity School. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Trinity School. I hope you find this guide useful in supporting what can often feel like a very daunting time when students move from primary school to secondary school.
As a parent myself, I understand only too well the mix of emotions felt by students and their parents when leaving primary school to transition to secondary school. There is no question that primary and secondary schools are very different places but despite their differences certain things remain a constant in every setting and that is a child’s happiness, safety and the need to provide them the very best education to allow them to be successful.
Our mantra at Trinity School is “Standards, Responsibility, Opportunity…. for all” and we look forward to working with you to secure the highest standards of learning, through responsible attitudes, creating as many opportunities as possible for students as they develop as learners and as well -rounded individuals. As a Church of England School, the “for all” part of our mantra links to our Christian values. We believe that every child is unique and can thrive and flourish here. You will see as you walk through our entrance hall the quote from the New Testament: “I came so that they could have life and have it full to overflowing.” This sums up our aim that all students will leave us ready to tackle their next steps in life.
Partnership with parents is important to us and we look forward to working together to get the best for your child. We value community, trust, hope, endurance and compassion.
All that remains for me to say is that I hope your children make some fantastic memories in their remaining weeks at primary school and I look forward to welcoming them to Trinity School in the near future where they will be able to make even more great memories in their new setting.
Ms Hawkin – Headteacher,
A message from our Head of Year 7
Dear parents/carers and Year 6 students,
We look forward to being able to welcome you in person to our Trinity community in future. In the meantime, I hope that you will enjoy spending time getting to know our school, key members of our staff and our curriculum through this Transition information page.
You and your children will naturally have many questions about moving up to secondary school and some may well feel a bit of trepidation about joining a new educational setting after such a long time out of the classroom for many. I hope that the information presented here by some of our staff members and current students will help answer queries and allay any concerns despite this very unusual set of circumstances for all.
With my best wishes,
Miss Constant – Head of Year 7
A school tour from our 2020/21 Year 7 students
A Welcome from our Teachers
Values and Ethos
Trinity School is a dynamic community that promotes enjoyment in learning and extensive
opportunities for young people in a warm and friendly environment.
Our students consistently achieve positive outcomes in both their GCSE and A Level studies.
This academic excellence does not happen by accident; it is as a result of the highest
expectations of all our students and staff. We work in partnership with students and parents
to ensure the very best academic achievements for all our students. We encourage students
to have a love for learning. We believe we provide them with the right skills, aptitudes and an
appetite for learning that will last for a lifetime
Trinity School strongly believes that students should be smartly dressed. We expect all of our students to attend wearing the School’s uniform correctly
Uniform checks take place on a daily basis, as students arrive at the school, and throughout the day. Sanctions are issued daily for those ignoring uniform requirements. If for some unavoidable reason a student is temporarily unable to wear an item of uniform a note must be brought from a parent/carer and presented to the Year 7 Pastoral Office before morning registration.
The student will then be issued with a uniform card by the Head of Year/Year Group Tutor, which should then be shown to each subject teacher to explain the unorthodox clothing.
This uniform card will indicate an agreed deadline by which time the uniform breach should be corrected. Thereafter, students may be subject to school sanctions as appropriate.
Through consultation with staff, parents and students, we have established a Trinity School Mobile Phone etiquette. Unlike many other schools, we have chosen not to place a complete ban on mobile phones. Instead we will allow students to have mobile phones switched off and in their bag during the school day. We believe this will better allow us to safeguard students and limit their access to screen time. Presently students are allowed to use mobile devices during break and lunchtimes, but should not be seen to be doing so between lessons.
- Arrive on time
- Bring Full PE kit
- Try your BEST
Note for Year 7 students: Please complete the All About Me booklet before you meet your tutors in September
What Do I Need to Know About Homework?
The aim of setting students homework is to improve the learning of all through the experience of self-study, using initiative and building up resilience. Trinity School will provide opportunities to:
• Learn independently of the teacher;
• Practise skills learnt in the classroom;
• Complete learning started in the classroom;
• Experience meeting of deadlines in preparation for Post 16 study and lifelong skills;
• Re visit past learning to consolidate knowledge in preparing for examinations
All our teachers will be setting homework via an online platform called ClassCharts. Staff will post the task, deadline and additional resources on this platform to which students will have a personal log in. Staff can monitor who is therefore engaging with homework and who requires additional support. Students will receive their log in on the first day back in September. Also within the first half term we will send home personal log ins for parents and carers so that you can keep track of what homework is being set and support its completion.
Behaviour and Discipline
Many parents state their reason for choosing Trinity School for their children is the high standards of behaviour that are expected of all of our students. We have firm but fair policies and procedures to ensure that all of our students behave in a respectful and tolerant way, to staff, other students and members of the local community.
Visitors constantly comment on the fantastic way that students conduct themselves around the building and we always receive excellent feedback from trip facilitators when our students are out on educational visits.
Trinity School rewards students for going above and beyond in their studies and students are recognised for their hard work and dedication through reward logs via the class charts system. This is an online system which enables behaviour events to be recorded.
Your child’s behaviour and progress will be closely reviewed and monitored during each lesson and if they have gone above and beyond in their studies they will receive achievement logs to reward such endeavour.
Disruptive behaviour in lessons is entirely unacceptable. It will be addressed positively and will only lead to further sanctions if students fail to respond appropriately.
Classroom removal is a last resort and is typically only actioned after multiple advices have been ignored. Students will be directed to a ‘good neighbour’ venue to continue with their studies with another teacher. Participation at this level triggers an after-school holdback detention.
If a student fails to attend any form of holdback detention during the week without speaking to their Pastoral Year Leader, they will automatically be added to higher tier consequences such as seclusion or exclusion as appropriate.
Additional detail about our behaviour procedures can be found in the Parent/Carer Handbook on the school website where a full version of the school’s behaviour policy is also available.
Using the Internet
Using the school ICT facilities is a key part of the curriculum and is a valuable tool in the progress being made by all students. However, the safe usage of this tool is vital to maintain the e-safety of each individual in the school.
To assist in the protection of our students, the school uses an up to date monitoring system and firewall that monitors all traffic leaving and coming into the school. Social media is not accessible in any form using the school system and all searches are automatically checked for their content. Students are not able to access the school system using their own devices to protect against the transmission of electronic virus’ etc that could cause damage to your home system and/or the school network.
There is an expectation that an acceptable user agreement is signed by students at the start of the academic year.
At the school we take personal health and wellbeing very seriously. Therefore, the following items are forbidden on site. If any of these items are found, they will be confiscated immediately, and sanctions will be imposed:
- Cigarettes/vapes and associated paraphernalia – It is illegal for anyone to smoke on or near the school site as it is a public space. Vaping is regarded as ‘smoking’ activity and is equally unacceptable
- Illegal drugs and paraphernalia of any kind – this will be dealt with by the school and will include police involvement.
- Knives or other sharp implements – It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon of any description in the UK. If any form of weapon is brought on site, this will involve immediate action and police involvement.
How can Parents Help?
Finding the right balance, when giving homework help, is tricky. It is tempting, especially when they have just started Year 7 to help with homework. However, too much help can mean, in the short term, that the day’s lesson is not reinforced. In the long term, if parents are overseeing homework too much, our students won’t learn the organisation skills they need. They can become disconnected from understanding their responsibilities when it comes to homework.
You can support your child by:
• Providing, where possible, a quiet learning environment at home. This doesn’t mean a
different room but somewhere free from distractions such as TV.
• Keep up with home school communication via class charts and school planner. As a parent,
knowing assignments and due dates can be invaluable in supporting your child to meet
deadlines and plan when they will complete the work
• Encourage your child to ask teachers for support, use the Library or LRAs.
Students will study a broad and balanced curriculum at Trinity School. Alongside the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, they will study RE, Humanities, a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Technology, and Physical Education.
Student timetables are based upon five lessons per day, each lesson lasts one hour. Student timetables will be provided on the first day of September and are written into planners.
Subject Information sheets are available on the school website