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Transition to Sixth Form


This summer will have been a bit different for you all given the restrictions that we are living under with Covid – 19.  With this in mind we thought it would be useful if we put together a presentation of helpful information to ease the transition from Year 11 to 6th form.  If you do require any more information please read our prospectus and course guide on the 6th form section of the school website.


Trinity has a dynamic, creative and successful Sixth Form. Housed in the Carliol Building, the Sixth Form Centre provides an ideal learning environment for young adults. The Sixth Form is a separate area and operates like a ‘college within a school.’ With around 250 students, Trinity Sixth Form is one of the largest school sixth forms in Cumbria attracting many students from other local schools and even further afield and is a tribute to the excellent work being done by both students and staff.   

We currently offer students a wide choice of A Level and Level 3 BTEC courses, both academic and vocational.  We provide a great deal of support to ensure that you are on courses which are appropriate to your abilities and ambitions. Whether you are currently at Trinity School or considering joining us from elsewhere, we hope that you will find opportunities that are right for you with us.

Trinity Sixth Form students also have an outstanding choice of many extra-curricular activities to get involved with, including: The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Trinity Theatre Company, Sport, Debating, Young Enterprise and international visits to Europe and India – there are many opportunities for you to enjoy and build your skills outside of the classroom.  In addition to the subjects and qualifications that are available we also offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities for Sixth Form students.  Our Enrichment Programme is designed to give our students ‘the edge’ over others locally, nationally and internationally.  Our aim is to help shape your character so that you can make a genuine difference to local communities and the world around you.   In addition to these activities we will also help you organise a work experience placement that suits your career aspirations.

When you join us in September you will be supported by a dedicated team of pastoral and support staff in th 6th form.  We are confident that you will get access to outstanding advice at all times which will help you make the right decisions going forward.

We look forward to meeting you face to face soon but in the meantime please visit our website or give us a call for if you have any questions.

Trinity School: A Church of England School – Visions, Values and Aims

The school, a Christian foundation, is committed to the provision of an excellent education for all. We have a ‘motto’ to sum up our aims: Standards, Responsibility and Opportunity …… for All; this helps to make our vision for students clear and explicit. We promote Christian values through the experience we offer to all students. Following discussion with staff, students and governors we focus most closely on the values of community, trust, hope, endurance and compassion. These are reinforced through assemblies and Thought for the Day.

We value the uniqueness of all God’s children and make sure that we are inclusive (…for all) in our approach to all aspects of our work. We aim to provide the highest standard of education, in its broadest sense, for all of our students and we expect the highest standard of effort and conduct from students, stressing the value of hope in the belief that all students can achieve well with dedication and a positive approach. We also stress the value of endurance, dealing with setbacks, in order to achieve ambitions. We encourage all students to be responsible, taking responsibility for their behaviour towards others, treating others as they would wish to be treated, respecting those who are different to themselves, serving others both within and beyond the school community.

We seek to provide rich opportunities and encourage students to grasp these, developing their curiosity, creativity, spirituality and understanding and appreciation of the world around them. We aim to make a difference to young people’s lives, to develop an awareness and respect for spiritual and moral values, so that they, in turn, can enrich the lives of others. The biblical quotation (John 10:10) on prominent display in our Jubilee Hall makes clear our mission: to ensure that our students leave us with the values, knowledge and skills which will enable them to lead a full and fulfilling life.

 At Trinity Sixth Form Centre our aims are:

  • To provide a first-class academic experience for all our students
  • To support the learning of all our students and keep students and parents/carers informed of progress
  • To offer students the opportunity to develop skills and confidence within school and the wider community
  • To enable a smooth transition to higher education and employment

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 18 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.

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.

Forbidden Items

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.

FAQs from students


Advice from our Students

  • So, I studied English Literature, Music and French at Trinity. It was a good time. I’m now at Oxford University, reading English Language and Literature. I found A-Levels rewarding, particularly because I was doing subjects that I loved. Trinity is a great place, and I was lucky to have such inspiring teachers. Their support was invaluable. A wonderful thing about sixth form is that you go through a journey, both as an individual and as an entire year group; and, in retrospect, it was an extraordinary experience to share, with people who are now off pursuing loads of exciting things. A second wonderful thing about it is, of course, Unibof (you’ll see…).

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We hope that this information has answered some of the questions that you may have. Please also view our sixth form page to support transition to Trinity School Sixth Form. Should you have any specific concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Trinity School.