Press Statement 8th July 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Trinity School will open in September 2021. Residents will welcome the news of 120 additional secondary school places to serve the needs of the community in North Colchester. This exciting development will initially open on the site of The Gilberd School before it moves to its newly built school on Cordelia Drive in the Chesterwell Development.

The Trinity School will be opening in September 2021 and will provide the highest possible level of education for children of secondary age in North Colchester. The Trinity School will be part of The Alpha Trust; a multi-academy trust which knows this community well. Alpha comprises of four local, high performing schools:  The Gilberd School, Colchester County High School for Girls, Manningtree High School and Home Farm Primary School. Mrs Exley, Headteacher of The Gilberd School, will also be the Executive Headteacher of The Trinity School and will ensure that this new school benefits from the experience and established heritage of its parent schools.

With millions of pounds of public money at stake, the process of The Department for Education providing a new school that best fits the community’s needs is a painstaking one and the delivery of the new site has been delayed. The Trinity School will initially share The Gilberd School’s site until it moves to its new home.

It will be a “school within a school” in many respects. Students will be wearing The Trinity School uniform, have their lessons together and be supported by their own key staff, especially in terms of pastoral care. They will be able to take advantage of The Gilberd’s outstanding facilities and take part in the full range of extracurricular activities, such as the widely renowned school production, sports teams and student leadership opportunities. New schools often find that their students miss being with older peers; Trinity students however, will be mentored by The Gilberd School’s outstanding Prefects and Student Mentors. This first year will be a fantastic opportunity to draw on the heritage of The Gilberd as Trinity’s students and staff begin to form their own school’s identity.

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 13th July 2020, The Alpha Trust is opening its public consultation as part of the pre-opening process for The Trinity School Colchester. This consultation is necessary as part of the legal requirement set out in section 10 of the Academies Act 2010 and is often known as a ‘Section 10 Consultation’. The consultation period will run until Sunday 4th October.  Aside from the statutory element of the consultation, it is also important to us that the local community have a voice in developing the character and nature of their community’s new school.

There will be a series of public meetings, held virtually via Microsoft Teams and we would encourage anybody interested in the new school to read and view the information available on the school’s website: Then, if you would like to take part in one of the meetings, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If social distancing restrictions allow for public meetings in September, we will arrange these then.

Mrs Linda Exley


The Gilberd School

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