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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you follow the National Curriculum?
Although there is no requirement for us to do so, we do broadly follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. Where we study a two year Key Stage 3, some topics are omitted.
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 or Spanish, Music, Drama, Computing, Design and Technology, Art, P.E. and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).
Are students set for subjects at Trinity School?
At Key Stage 3 students are grouped carefully in all subjects using all the information available to us. It is our intension that students would study the same material as each other and as such differences in setting matter less than they might at other schools.
A small number of students in Key Stage 3 will be offered focussed support in Key Stage 3 through a small group. These students may have an adapted curriculum to allow for strong progress in core subjects particularly.
When are students assessed?
In year 7 and 8 students are assessed twice a year, in December and June.
In years 9 to 13, students are assessed three times a year, broadly in December, March and June although a precise assessment calendar is published at the start of each academic year. Public exams occur in May and June of year 11 and 13.
How are students assessed at KS3?
Students are assessed against the content they have learnt at Trinity up until that point. Therefore assessments at the end of year 7 cover work from the entire year and assessments in year 8 may include material covered from the previous year.
Standardised scores are reported in year 7 and 8 where 100 reflects the year group average score. The follows closely from the SATs reporting system used in Key Stage 2.
How do you support students at school?
All students are allocated a form group, and the form tutor is the first port of call for all support.
We also have Heads of Key Stage, Heads of Year 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?
How do you support students in lessons?
Teachers analyse student performance carefully throughout the year, 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 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 in our Co-Curricular area:
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 30 local church of many different denominations. This ethos is appreciate by the whole community, both practising Christian and others.
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, both in and out of the classroom.
Do you have a chaplain or minister?
We have a chaplain at Trinity school who forms an important link between the supporting churches and the school. The chaplain plays an integral role overseeing our Service programme in the local community.
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, with all students at Trinity taking GCSE RE in year 11.