Frequently Asked Questions

Do you follow the National Curriculum?

Although there is no requirement for us to do so, we do follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.

What subjects do students study at Key Stage 3?

At Key Stage 3 students study the following subjects – English, Maths, Science, RE, Geography, History, French, Music, Drama, Computing, Design and Technology, Art, P.E. and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). The top sets study an additional Modern Foreign Language, German or Spanish, and study Global Perspectives instead of PSHE.

Are students set for subjects at Trinity School?

At Key Stage 3 students are set by ability for all their lessons. Classes are named after the colours in the Trinity logo. At Key Stage 4 students are set for the core curriculum. The classes in the Choices curriculum are mixed ability.

Setting is based on what we know about students before they join the school and our own baseline testing. We regularly review student progress and will move students up and down sets if the data suggests this is in their best interest.

When are students assessed?

We split the academic year into four evenly sized cycles that are 10 weeks long.  Students are assessed in weeks 6 or 7 of each cycle.

How are students assessed at KS3?

We use a system based on 9 steps. This enables the students to easily see how they are progressing, and a minimum expected grade for GCSE.

How do you support students at school?

All students are allocated a form, and the form tutor is the first port of call for all support.

We also have Heads of Key Stage and a pastoral manager to provide an additional support as and when needed. They deal with both academic and pastoral matters.  We also have a number of specialists such as school counsellor.

How do you support students in lessons?

Teachers analyse student performance carefully throughout and at the end of each cycle, and will plan their teaching accordingly.  Where a student has a specific need that requires more support the SEN team will ensure that need is addressed.  LSA support in lessons is just one of the ways we can support students with SEN.

What is behaviour like in lessons?

Behaviour in the school is excellent.

What are you plans for Sixth Form?

We are in the final stages of finalising our Sixth Form provision, and have been researching carefully a number of different possibilities.  It is key for us that our Sixth Form offer reflects the Trinity values, and that the young people are able to make the best of the opportunities available to them in life after Trinity School.

What enrichment opportunities are there for students at Trinity School?

There are currently over 60 clubs running offering a wide variety of experiences to enrich our students’ learning. More information can be found on our Clubs, Visits and Trips page.

Why do you want all students to attend at least one club?

It is our aim that students leave Trinity School as well-rounded individuals. Academic qualifications play an important part in this but we also recognise that students need to possess an array of others skills, such as creativity, problem solving, leadership, teamwork etc. for them to reach their potential. Our co-curricular provision plays an important part in developing these essential skills.

Why is Trinity School a Christian school?

Trinity School was established as a result of a group of local churchgoers coming together and making an application to the Department for Education to set up a Free School in Sevenoaks. The school is unique in its ecumenical religious character and supported by 29 local church of many different denominations.

What is the school’s ethos?

The ethos of the school is based on Christian characteristics and values and can be seen in action through the Trinity Way.  The Trinity Way otherwise known as TELLS stands for: Truth, Excellence, Love, Leadership and Service.  These values permeate everything we do, whether class-based or not.

Do you have a chaplain or minister?

We have a lay chaplain and an assistant chaplain at Trinity school. They are an important link between the supporting churches and the school. Furthermore, they play an integral role in ensuring our Service programme runs smoothly.

It goes without saying that they offer another strand of pastoral support to both students and staff alike.

Do all students study RE?

Yes, RE is part of our core curriculum at KS3 and KS4.