Trinity Catholic School is indeed a Catholic School but it is not just for Catholics. We are proud of a strong multi-faith and universal approach to education that seeks to educate all children in a certain way, not just Catholic children.
When students leave Trinity they embark on a variety of different routes. Some leave us to study at Oxbridge or Russell Group universities but we are equally proud that our alumni also include influential artists, sportspeople, actors and business people. Just as impressive are the former students that are actively engaged in the third sector working as leader of charities and social enterprises.
It is the attention that Trinity gives to each individual student and their talents, skills or aspirations that sets us apart and creates the community of which we are justifiably proud. Students attend Trinity knowing that their future will be taken care of just as much as their present.
The staff at Trinity relentlessly encourage our students to strive for excellence, not just as individuals, but in a way that prevents focus on the self. Within this there is a commitment to a broad liberal education in order to avoid narrowness of thought and lack of critical awareness. Parents choosing a school for their children should rightly ask “Where next?” St. John’s Gospel tell us that ‘the hired hand will abandon the sheep when he sees the wolf coming, but the Good shepherd will be prepared to lay his life down for them’. In education there have been many wolves knocking at the door over the years but if we are to emulate the Good Shepherd we must not abandon those in our care.
The education of our pupils is not simply developing the knowledge of those sat in front of us, but in providing opportunities and experiences that will last for life. In the past, schools have been seen simply as a stepping stone to employment or university; however readying pupils for the work place has never been more difficult than it is today. The pupils who join us in year 7 will be applying for jobs that have not even be invented yet. It took television 13 years to reach an audience of 50 million, yet it took a picture of a blue and black, or white and gold dress only 6 hours to do the same. As educators we need to equip our teenagers with the versatility to be able to adapt in an ever changing world.
At Trinity, we develop employability skills such as working as part of a team, self -management, problem solving and creativity throughout the curriculum. We hold enterprise days to foster innovation and calculated risk. Every pupil has two opportunities to experience the world of work through our work experience weeks and these have often led to other opportunities.
Our dedication to engaging with our students’ life beyond Trinity was recently endorsed by OFSTED who visited the School at the end of January to evaluate just this aspect of student life. OFSTED commented on the positive way in which the promotion of enterprise is embedded well within the curriculum, with a well planned whole school provision for careers and work related learning. They commented particularly that we acknowledge that ”skills have to be woven into the fabric of the school and not an add-on the curriculum”. The way in which Trinity does this means that students receive very good preparation for the next stage of their development and have a clear understanding of the purpose of work experience, being about, as one student said to the inspectors, “picking up the unspoken etiquette of the workplace”.
Trinity is very proud, not only of its position in the local community, of its value in the education of students from a variety of backgrounds, but also of the way in which it prepares its students for life beyond the school gates, be that into further education, vocational training or the workplace.
As Principal, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you at any time, or more generally at the Open Mornings and Evenings advertised within this publication.