Outstanding Inspection

We are delighted to have achieved an outstanding inspection grade, following our recent  Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).

Trinity School was found to be an outstanding church school and scored the highest grade in all of the following inspection areas:

  • The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Trinity School as a Free School with a Christian foundation;
  • Meeting the needs of all learners through its distinctive Christian character;
  • The impact of collective worship on the school community;
  • The effectiveness of the religious education;
  • The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school

There is a firm focus on both academic attainment and progress and on students’ personal development and wellbeing. Its Christian ethos is well expressed through, the Trinity Way, which has five key elements: truth, excellence, love, leadership and service (TELLS). These were refined recently to ensure their continued relevance to the school as it grows. They are very well-known and lived out by staff and students. Love and service are very well expressed and linked to a Christian understanding in the minds of many students. For example, a Year 10 student reflected, ‘Christianity is about love – God’s love in sending Jesus and our love for him and for our neighbours’.

Students are developing as considerate and confident young people. Based on its Christian foundation the school has supportive pastoral systems, and there is a calm and purposeful learning environment. These enable pupils to demonstrate at least good progress from their various starting points. The vast majority of students are happy in school which impacts positively on high attendance.

The full report can be found here.

 

 

Faraday’s House Day

Faraday’s House Day 2017 – 22nd  November 2017

£1541 raised for Charity!

Faraday’s House Day was a fantastic event.  Students were able to enjoy homemade cakes, popcorn and candy floss at break and lunchtime.  Everyone was able to participate in a number of different activities; sending a candy cane to their friends and loved ones, stopping Father Christmas falling down the chimney and trying their hand at winning £5 on the higher or lower card game. Freddie Watford, despite feeling quite hot, looked particularly festive in a Santa costume and managed to sell an additional £98 worth of raffle tickets, adding to the £323 of tickets already sold.

Whilst Christmas songs rang out, students spent their money on various stalls including ‘Throw the ball in the Snowman’s mouth’, ‘The Shuffle Board’, & ‘Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar’ to name but a few.

The response from all students was amazing and Faraday can be very proud of its achievement. Students displayed innovation, leadership skills and a strong community spirit. The total amount raised was £1541, (Raffle – £421, Activities – £624 and Own Clothes – £496). This is a fantastic amount and will be shared equally between Faraday’s two chosen charities, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

The raffle was drawn in the House Assembly on Monday, with Adam Bignell providing a drum roll for each one. The prize winners are below and a huge thank you goes to our generous sponsors who provided the prizes for the raffle:

  1. GoApe Vouchers
  2. Tamarind Restaurant, Kemsing
  3. GoApe Vouchers
  4. Jumpin Voucbers
  5. Chelsfield Lakes Golf
  6. McDonalds’ Sevenoaks
  7. Pollhill Garden Centre
  8. Tour Kent Air Ambulance HQ
  9. McDonald’s Vouchers
  10. Stag Theatre Family Cinema Ticket

 

  1. Gracie Jordan
  2. Sam Bryan
  3. Lucy Townsend
  4. Rory Pocknall
  5. Ginny Colenbrander
  6. Matthew Ayres
  7. Rory Pocknall
  8. Tom Mitchell
  9. Tristan Branes
  10. Tegan Shield

 

Mrs Hussey would like to thank everyone who supported the day including parents who bought raffle tickets and made cakes; students and staff who came in early to set up and help throughout the day; students who created their stalls and the finance staff who counted numerous coins.  Last but not least thanks goes to Father Christmas, who with the help of his merry Elves, cleared up at the end!

 

Speakers for Schools Initiative

Trinity were proud to host Professor Sadie Morgan as part of the Speakers4Schools initiative.

Sadie, whose architecture practice dRMM won the Riba Stirling Prize winning architecture for their role in the Hastings Pier, spoke to the whole of Year 10 and the GCSE Year 11 class for Design and Technology.

In an inspiring lecture with slides and anecdotal evidence, Professor Morgan spoke with humour, honesty and a passion about her life as an architect. The students were treated to view a sliding house, a flash mob dance on ‘The steps to nowhere’ outside the Tate Modern and the design process for the Hastings Pier.

Students were given the advice to ‘take all opportunities that come your way, as you never know what it might lead to’; a reference to Sadie’s chance conversation that led to her sailing with Sir Ben Ainsley.

After the talk, there was a Question and Answer session. Pictured above are the Year 10 students who asked the questions together with Professor Morgan, Edward who as sound manager did a grand job and Mrs Hussey who organised the talk.

Professor Morgan is the chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and a board member of the national Infrastructure Commission UK. She is also one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates for the Greater London Authority and works regularly with Sadiq Khan.

Arts Award Centre

We are pleased to announce that we are now a registered Arts Award centre!

We are currently delivering the Bronze Award programme as a co-curricular club on Wednesdays after school with 20 students in year 8 who are exploring with portraiture, architecture, illustration and much more.

If any other Year 8 students are wishing to attend they can still sign up by speaking with Mrs Rayfield.

Japanese Club

This Wednesday in Japanese club we were cooking some traditional Japanese food: Okonomiyaki.

This is a type of Japanese pancake. The students spent the week before learning some cooking vocabulary and how to use chopsticks and then put this all into practice this week.

The students, with the help of our visiting Japanese teacher Mr Inoue, did a brilliant job of making the food. And it was delicious!

Students who are interested in learning more about Japan and its culture should come along to club on Wednesday afternoon in G5.

Cross Country Competition

Cross Country Competition at Knole Park

On 17th November Trinity travelled to Sevenoaks School to compete against schools across the country in the Knole Run 2017.  Trinity entered two full squads of students from year 7 & 8.

Congratulations to our boys who competed in a 2.1 mile run; Juan Barnard, Pier Higginson, Vinnie Collard, Ciaran Barton, Conor Read and Ryan Westfield, Ayden Hayward, Jed Kimber, Rory Pocknall and Rory Mallroy.

Congratulations to our girls who competed in a 1.6 mile run; Julia Sackville-West, Rosie Donohoe, Hannah Glanfield, Felicity Pitchford, Elizabeth Jones, Heather Doyle, Konnie Litwak, Elyisha Omokhai and Scalett Clarke-Murphy.

The girls ran first and what effort they all put in, after 9 minutes, the first girl crossed the line which was shortly followed by Julia Sackville-West, the first Trinity student to cross the line (12:59).

Juan Barnard of Year 8 started very quickly and was in 6th position out of hundreds of boys. Just after 12 minutes, the first boy crossed the line. Shortly after that, the first Trinity student crossed the line and it was Piers Higginson (14:57). Shortly after, the rest of Trinity boys finished the line after putting in incredible effort.

All students displayed excellence, resilience and determination. They should all be proud of their efforts and their finish time,

The results have been posted on www.splitsecondtiming.co.uk

 

Schools Commissioner Visit

Trinity was pleased to welcome Dominic Herrington on Friday 24th November.

Dominic is the Regional Schools Commissioner, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

Eloise Mugliston and Paddy Walton, year 10 prefects, gave Dominic a tour of the school after which, he spent time interviewing students and staff.

Mr Pawson said, ‘We were absolutely delighted that Dominic was able to visit Trinity, to allow us to showcase the wonderful work that is taking place here’.

Thank you!

Medieval Architects – Year 7

History Update: Medieval Architects in Year 7

After a fantastic first term studying the Norman Conquest, Year 7 have moved on to examine religion and Christianity through the eyes of the medieval people.

They have explored the roles of monks, nuns and priests within their community as well as the impact of religion on ideas surrounding science, medicine and warfare. This week they moved on to explore how the importance of religion and faith is reflected in medieval architecture.

Year 7 took the role of sinful noblemen who had been given the task of building a new church as their penance (a common medieval practice to avoid spending too much time in purgatory). They had to think carefully about what to include in their place of worship, right down to the images they would include on their stained-glass windows.

We’ve got a big push on presentation this year – it’s good to see this student taking pride in their work (and also improving their work in purple without prompting)!

 

 

 

 

The girls were having a debate as to how best to give their medieval parishioners advice on how to live a good Christian life and avoid too much time in purgatory – they paused long enough for a photograph!

I think they decided on a serious of colourful stained-glass windows. I look forward to seeing their finished product.

 

 

Lewis taking time to sort out the finer details of his entrance having already included an altar.

Students had to think carefully about how religion and faith was perceived in the medieval period to make their church authentic.

 

 

 

A flagstone walkway is definitely an upgrade from the mud paths of medieval towns!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support with the department’s homework. We had a submission rate of 98%! We look forward to maintaining that record in the terms to come. We hope parents can appreciate the value of challenging reading and comprehension in preparing students for the rigorous GCSE specifications introduced as of 2016.

Miss Corby

Prayer Walk

 


On Wednesday 15th November, over 80 students gathered together to pray for Trinity and all our staff and students.

In four groups, the students and staff travelled around the school, praying together in different areas for all the activities that go on there as well as for the people that use each area.

Staff and students prayed out loud with their peers and built on the schools foundation of prayer.  The next prayer walk will be in the new year as we pray for the school going into 2018.