Mission Statement 

The mission of this school is to prepare resilient and responsible citizens, who are able to thrive in a modern society and compete in a global economy. We promote aspiration and excellence.  We are unashamedly ambitious for the future success of our students.

 Our vision is to:                                 

 §  establish work and perseverance, “diligentia et constantia”

 §  deliver consistently outstanding teaching and learning

 §  empower students to cope with the social, emotional and physical pressures and demands of life

 §  provide outstanding pastoral care which nurtures health and wellbeing

 §  provide a broad, well-balanced and personalised curriculum

 §  ensure access to opportunities beyond the classroom which inform and inspire our students

 §  enable our students to achieve excellence in public examinations

 §  facilitate access to the highest quality further education and employment

 It is central to the philosophy of this school that our students will: 

 §  Aspire to achieve excellence

 §  learn in an orderly, disciplined atmosphere, following the school’s code of conduct

 §  develop the capacity for creative, independent thought and problem-solving

 §  be able to communicate ideas effectively and imaginatively

 §  develop appropriate technological skills

 §  understand our economic and political environment

 §  become members of society who have developed sound judgement, maturity and compassion

 §  understand and respect social, moral, spiritual and British values within a multi-cultural society and take part in cultural activities

 §  appreciate and understand the importance of protecting the environment

 §  become caring and compassionate individuals who are in turn, valued and secure

 §  develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills



The schools in our partnership share common beliefs, culture and ethos.  These have led to us establishing environments with a positive attitude to learning, where students are challenged within a supportive and safe environment.  We are determined that this ethos permeates all aspects of The Trinity School.

Staff will model the ethos and values we require. There will be a clear programme to actively teach these and they will be delivered through the tutorial programme, vibrant and engaging assemblies and constantly reinforced in the day-to-day practice of the school. 

Our rewards, awards and sanctions system will link directly to our key values to encourage and foster the attitudes we wish to engender in our students.  They will be consistent and clear.  The School will encourage students to be unashamedly, rightfully proud of their efforts and achievements. We will celebrate their successes and achievements through assemblies, celebration events, newsletters, contacts home and the rewards and awards system.

Student Leadership will facilitate students’ “buy in” to the values of The School.  In addition, they will foster development of communication skills, team work and speaking to a variety of audiences.  We will have Form Representatives on Year and School Councils; these will have a direct link to the Senior Team.  In addition, we will have Student Leaders in curriculum areas, Charity Leaders, Student Mentors, Reading Partners and Homework Mentors.  It will be expected that all students will take on a leadership role in their time at The School.  We will place importance on teaching “soft skills”: students will engage in a wide range of activities and visits; we will actively teach and model good manners; teach public speaking and provide opportunities to present work or performances to a wide audience.

In the first two years of The School’s life, older students from The Gilberd School will act as Mentors for Trinity students, acting as role models and helping to establish the culture of student leadership and responsibility.

The School will provide a learning environment which reflects the vision and values of our partnership and challenges low aspirations.  This will be seen in the quality of buildings and facilities but also the priority on displays which will reinforce our ethos of aspiration, equality and achievement for all.  


Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Department for Education are unable to provide us with a completed school site in time for a 2021 opening.

With 927 applications for Year 7 places received by The Gilberd School in 2020 however, the need for The Trinity School to open in 2021 is undeniable and the Alpha Trust is working with closely both Essex County Council and The Department for Education to implement a contingency plan.

The Trinity School will open to Year 7 students in September 2021. It will not however be on its own site. During this first year, whilst we await the keys for the new school, The Trinity School will be sharing The Gilberd’s School site

Restrictions caused by the available space on this site mean that sadly, the intake for this first year group will be reduced from the planned Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 180 students to a PAN of 120. Other clear disadvantages are the loss of the excitement of our first year group starting in a fresh, new building and a slightly longer journey during that first year for students travelling to school from the Chesterwell development area and beyond.

There are though, several significant advantages. Whilst having their own uniform, staff and dedicated area of the site, students will also be able to share specialist staff and facilities with The Gilberd School. They will be able to be part of The Gilberd School’s famous school show. They will benefit from the renowned mentoring The Gilberd’s Prefects and Junior Prefects provide; they will have outstanding support in developing their identity as a student body before moving across to the new school site where in time, they themselves will become the Mentors for younger students. Our vision has always been one of The Trinity School being a new school with an established heritage. This first year will be a fantastic opportunity to draw on the heritage of The Gilberd School as The Trinity’s students and staff begin to form their own school’s identity.

We are clearly disappointed not to be able to begin The Trinity School’s life on its own, dedicated site and I am sure you and your child may well be also. We are however, excited by the opportunities this contingency plan will offer and confident the 2021 opening of The Trinity School will be a hugely successful one.

Mrs Exley

Executive Headteacher

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Privacy Notice for Students and Parents – The Trinity School
Who processes your information?
The Trinity School is the data controller of the personal and sensitive information you provide to us. This means the school determines how this data relating to pupils and their families is to be processed.
Personal Data is information that can directly or indirectly (by cross referencing) identify the person (e.g. identification number linked to a name). Sensitive Data – information about an identifiable individual’s health, biometric data, beliefs, ethnic origin, religious identity, sexual life or trade union membership.
Why do we collect and use your information?
The Trinity School holds the legal right to collect and use personal data relating to pupils and their families, and we may also receive information regarding them from their previous school, Local authority and/or the Department for Education (DfE). We collect and use personal data in order to meet legal requirements and legitimate interests set out in the GDPR and UK law, including those in relation to the following:
- Article 6 and Article 9 of the GDPR
- Education Act 1996
- Regulation 5 of The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013
In accordance with the above, the personal data of pupils and their families is collected and used for the following reasons:
- To support pupil learning
- To monitor and report on pupil progress
- To provide appropriate pastoral care
- To assess the quality of our service
- To comply with the law regarding data sharing
- To safeguard pupils

Which data is collected?
The categories of pupil information that the school collects, holds and shares include the following:
- Personal information – e.g. names, pupil numbers and addresses
- Characteristics – e.g. ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth and free school meal eligibility
- Attendance information – e.g. number of absences and absence reasons
- Assessment information – e.g. national curriculum assessment results
- Relevant medical information
- Information relating to SEND
- Behavioural information – e.g. number of temporary exclusions
Photographs and Video:
- Images of staff and pupils may be captured at appropriate times and as part of educational activities for use in school only.
- Unless prior consent from parents/pupils/staff has been given, the school shall not utilise such images for publication or communication to external sources (e.g. newspapers).
- It is the school’s policy that external parties (including parents) may not capture images of staff or pupils during activities without prior consent.

How long is your data stored for?
Personal data relating to pupils at The Trinity School and their families is stored in line with the school’s GDPR Data Protection Policy. This can be found on the schools’ website (www.thetrinityschool.co.uk).
In accordance with the GDPR, the school does not store personal data indefinitely; data is only stored for as long as is necessary to complete the task for which it was originally collected. For example, if data about a student’s attainment (grades) at school has been passed on to subsequent educational settings, and are also with the exam board, then it should only be retained by the school for one year. However, information about any significant medical incident at the school would have to be retained until the student is 25 years old in case it is needed to inform future medical needs.

Will my information be shared?
The school is required to share pupils’ data with the DfE on a statutory (legal) basis.
The National Pupil Database (NPD) is managed by the DfE and contains information about pupils in schools in England such as the school census; some of this information is then stored in the NPD. The DfE may share information about our pupils from the NDP with third parties who promote the education or wellbeing of children in England by:
- Conducting research or analysis.
- Producing statistics.
- Providing information, advice or guidance.
The DfE has robust processes in place to ensure the confidentiality of any data shared from the NDP is maintained.
The school routinely shares pupils’ information with:
- Pupils’ destinations upon leaving the school
- The Local authority
- The National Health Service
- The DfE
In some cases, your data will be outsourced to a third party processor; however, this will only be done with your consent. Where consent is required, the school will provide you with the reasons the data is being collected and how the data will be used. Where the school outsources data to a third-party processor, the same data protection standards that The Trinity School upholds are imposed on the processor. Examples of third-party processors are; Exam boards (to allow students to sit exams and receive certificates), Show my Homework (to enable homework to be set online), Go for Schools (allows teachers to create reports and set targets) and Parent Pay (to pay for canteen food and other school items). Medical and dietary information may also be temporarily shared with third party companies involved with school trips.

What are your rights?
Parents and pupils have the following rights in relation to the processing of their personal data.
You have the right to:
- Be informed about how The Trinity School uses your personal data.
- Request access to the personal data that The Trinity School holds (access will be given as soon as possible but can take longer when the school is closed for holidays).
- Request that your personal data is amended if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
- Request that your personal data is erased where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.
- Request that the processing of your data is restricted.
- Object to your personal data being processed.
- Where the processing of your data is based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw this consent at any time.
If you have a concern about the way The Trinity School and/or the DfE is collecting or using your personal data, you can raise a concern with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted on 0303 123 1113, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Robert Ross is the data protection officer at The Trinity School. His role is to oversee and monitor the school’s data protection procedures, and to ensure they are compliant with the GDPR. The data protection officer can be contacted on 01206-842211 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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