Devon LivingIssue #06
An individual approach
Outstanding all round-education with an independent flair and extensive support for pupils.
Next year, south Devon’s Trinity School celebrates its 40th birthday and the 2018/19 school year promises to be another year of celebrating successes both inside and outside the classroom. Being located in Teignmouth, this coeducational school which welcomes both day and boarding pupils, creates a whole host of opportunities for pupils to learn in and enjoy their natural surroundings. The school site overlooks the town and offers glorious views of the sea, which means pupils regularly get involved in various water-based activities throughout the year including sailing and canoeing.
“Updated boarding accommodation means both day and boarding pupils get opportunities to prepare to live independently.”
A vast extra-curricular offering means full use is made of the school’s short distance away from Dartmoor, with increased participation at all levels in the Duke of Edinburgh award and a triumphant effort from Trinity’s Ten Tors team being highlights of the last academic year. The facilities onsite are equally impressive and include a tennis academy, outdoor heated swimming pool and large sports fields.
It’s not just outside the classroom where Trinity School succeeds. Last year marked one of the best years of participation in national Independent School Association (ISA) competitions, with the national award for work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects coming as a result of hard work by pupils, staff, and other members of the Trinity community. The school was recognised for its Science Buskers club, which has grasped the imagination and curiosity of many pupils by taking part in experiments and bringing science to the wider community at other schools, events and even at the Devon County Show!
Other ISA awards were awarded for work in art and design fields, with sport remaining a particular strength. Last year saw Trinitonians on the podium at many national level sporting events including swimming, tennis, athletics and football. Regionally, Trinity’s sportspeople have performed very well with first places in a range of sports and consistent representation of the south west at national level.
Trinity is also well known for its highly rated pastoral care, which was rated outstanding in its most recent qualitative inspection. It’s the family feel of this school that means pupils know who to turn to if they need help, and a proactive approach is taken by staff because of the emphasis and focus on each pupil as an individual. The ‘whole school’ approach, where pupils can take their first steps in education at the Prep Lodge nursery at three years old and finish at the end of Sixth Form as they enter the professional world or higher education, highlights the close-knit nature of Trinity School.
Last year also saw a tremendous set of summer results at Trinity, with 50% of results at A Level/BTEC awarded A* or A grades. This achievement shows that the school, which remains non-selective, supports all individuals to reach their maximum potential. However, as an independent school it is important for Trinity that pupils get more than just an education. Exams and results are important for future life but universities and employers are increasingly looking for well-rounded individuals with experiences not necessarily gained by sitting in the classroom. Trinity’s Sixth Form encompasses this by ensuring that by the time pupils leave for university or employment, they have the life skills needed to succeed independently. Updated boarding accommodation means both day and boarding pupils get opportunities to prepare to live independently.
Trinity understands that parents lead busy lives and to help with this the boarding offer is flexible and offers wrap-around care for pupils in the younger years. Many members of the boarding community are full boarders, but a lot more families are utilising more flexible offers. These include weekly boarding with weekends at home, as well as a flexi-boarding option where pupils can stay at school on an ad hoc basis when required. Such flexibility is appreciated by parents and pupils alike and the close knit boarding community creates a welcoming and safe environment. Anyone interested in finding out more should visit the website, and if you would like to visit the school and see the individual approach first hand then Trinity welcomes parents and prospective pupils to get in touch and arrange a tour.
The next Open Day is on Saturday 6th October 2018 and visitors can confirm their place, but visits and tours can be arranged to best fit the family.
"Updated boarding accommodation means both day and boarding pupils get opportunities to prepare to live independently."