Our Mission Statement is:
Nurturing – we feel safe, valued and able to take risks
Inspiring – we all explore learning in fun and exciting ways
Achieving – we celebrate our successes and look forward to new challenges.
Our Ethos Statement is:
We are all special and we all matter
Jesus helps us make the right choices
God looks after us and we look after each other
Taken together these statements sum up how our school strives to provide an excellent education, supported by and supporting our Christian values and Church of England foundation.
Holy Trinity Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children. Child protection policies are strictly adhered to and regularly reviewed. We strive to ensure fairness and equality of opportunity for everyone associated with the school.
As a Church of England school, we aim to embody Christian values in our ethos and teaching. School assemblies are based on a scheme called 'Values for Life'. Each half term a value is studied in detail. The values covered include: friendship, responsibility, service, truthfulness, humility, generosity, compassion, justice, respect, thankfulness, courage, forgiveness and perseverance.
Nationally, there has been a recent focus on British values. The government's definition of these encompasses democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. We encourage and teach these in the following ways:
A school council is elected every year, each class choosing two representatives. This group has a significant influence on the life of the school and is a channel for pupil's ideas and interests to be expressed.
Democratic principles are studied as part of the personal, social and health education curriculum and in history.
The curriculum is based on local history and has a rich seam of British culture running through it. Children visit Salisbury Cathedral to see the best preserved of the four original copies of the Magna Carta. They learn about the development of democracy including the civil war and suffragettes.
The school is regularly used as a polling station, providing opportunities to explain to children the functioning of democracy. Two of the school's governors also serve as elected councillors.
Year 6 pupils and school councillors met our MP, James Gray, in November 2014. Together they paid their respects at the war graves in Holy Trinity Churchyard, honouring those who gave their lives for the freedom which we enjoy. A year 4 pupil wrote and read a poem which James Gray reproduced in his newspaper column the following week under the title 'Democracy and Sacrifice' (click to read).
The school has been instrumental in organising a
debating competition between schools for several
The Rule of Law
School is a place where pupils learn the
importance of rules to society on a small and
very practical scale. School rules are
administered consistently through a clear
behaviour policy with well defined rewards
and sanctions. Law abiding behaviour is
encouraged at every opportunity. Older children
attend the 'Junior Good Citizen' events arranged
by the local police every year. Younger children
receive visits from the local Police Community
Support Officers as part of their study of 'people
who help us'.