The Senior School enjoys excellent co-educational facilities for students including an Information Technology suite, Creative Arts department, Music rooms, Business Studies room, a very proactive Geography department, Design Technology/Home Economics room, gymnasium, individual Science laboratories, Modern Foreign Languages taught by native speakers, with all students learning two languages, concert hall and indoor heated swimming pool.
Offering a broadly balanced and extended curriculum for girls and boys, homework is set daily and homework diaries encourage parents and families to be actively involved in their child´s learning. With strong English and Mathematics departments, our Creative Arts department also provides a vibrant and lively setting where students of all abilities can reach their true artistic potential, and offers a wide range of disciplines, taught through skill based projects.
Music at Holy Trinity continues to be strong, with students given the opportunity of entering prestigious events and competitions from across the region as well as nationally. Gifted and talented students have the opportunity to take early entry GCSE and A level Music. Physical Education and sport in general plays an important role within Senior School, with sporting success, both individually and in teams, enjoyed at all levels. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taken as separate subjects from Year 7 with an option to continue this at GCSE. French and Spanish, Physical Education, Food and Nutrition and Computer Science give a flavour of the broad range of subjects we offer at GCSE.
Small class sizes enable Form and Subject teachers to get to know all students well, with committed Form teachers and Heads of Key Stages providing excellent care and extended support, with Senior students encouraged to take responsibility in the House System which offers the opportunity to develop confidence and leadership qualities.
Our approach provides immense benefit for all students, offering structured guidance tailored with individual attention; excellent future career prospects are nurtured through close links with visiting speakers including Leaders of Industry, Higher Educational establishments and from the world of Sport.
Educational trips and residential visits, including field study trips, language exchanges, skiing and foreign expeditions are popular with all. Our outstanding sporting record with local and national success and regular sporting fixtures with other schools provides a full programme of extracurricular activities during lunch-breaks, after-school and at the weekend. Arts are well catered for with Musical and Drama productions through the year and a thriving ‘Tech Club’ which operates our new lighting system.
Growth Mindset at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity school has introduced the concept of Growth Mindset and as such will be encouraging our pupils to start thinking about and developing a Growth Mindset. It is worth emphasising that Growth Mindset is not a new concept, but is an approach to school and lifelong learning – that is applicable to staff and students alike.
Research by Developmental Psychologist Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University points to people having one of two mindsets: Growth and Fixed.
"In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount (non-negotiable) and as a consequence their goal becomes to ‘look smart all the time and never look dumb’. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it." (Dweck)
Therefore, a Growth Mindset focuses on the student’s belief about intelligence, being open to the potential for growth, as a consequence encouraging effective learning resulting in greater success. Such a concept supports the schools mission to:
…inspire and challenge young people to become lifelong learners …who are active participants in their own learning.
By removing potential barriers to learning and by encouraging understanding, acceptance and belief in themselves, students can grow in their ability and self-belief, supported by the schools nurturing environment.
To develop a Growth Mindset it is important that the students hear a consistent message both at home and at school and so we ask that you support us in adopting the strategies.