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Trinity School Leamington Head Teacher Personal Statement

    THE MISSION STATEMENT AND AIMS OF THE SCHOOL

Trinity is a Catholic learning community with a clear moral purpose, which calls all by name to the knowledge of the Father and love of the Son, enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We seek to develop values in students that are rooted in our Catholic faith. We are committed to nurturing educated, informed, creative, fulfilled and socially responsible citizens. We learn with a religious, spiritual and moral purpose and strive towards personal excellence, acknowledging that all are made in the image of God.

Our Mission is to ensure that Jesus Christ is made known to all our students by placing Christ and His teaching and the teaching of the Catholic Church at the centre of students’ lives. We do this through announcing that Jesus Christ called us to be peace makers – and that we fulfil His call through Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Violence.

We endeavour to make known to every student that they are made equal to their fellow humans, a child of God, made in His image – uniquely created and loved by God. This is expressed in our motto – Equal by means of God’s Image.

Every student is called to live out the gospel values by loving God, others and themselves and by aspiring to exhibit the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Our core values are summed up in the following qualities that we hope all of our students at Trinity Catholic School aspire to show;
WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, RIGHT JUDGEMENT, COURAGE, KNOWLEDGE, WORSHIP

Trinity Catholic School is a Catholic, voluntary aided school in Leamington Spa, in the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. The school had its genesis in the amalgamation of two Catholic schools in central Warwickshire, i.e. Dormer High School (founded 1959) and Bishop Bright Grammar School (founded 1966). The establishment of Freeman Hall, a sixth-form college, on the Bishop Bright site, and the eventual merger of all three schools on the same site, gave the school its current form.

It is widely known as a more progressive Catholic school. All members of the community are known by their first names. This has its basis in theology; our first names are the names that God knows us by, and it is with that name that he calls us to do good works. The ethos of Trinity rests upon the knowledge that are all made equal in His image.

Trinity Catholic School is a medium sized voluntary aided Catholic school, owned by the Diocesan Trustees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham and maintained with state-funding by Warwickshire Local Authority. The school as it is today was established as the result of the merger of two separate Catholic schools and a sixth form college. Trinity has a long history of progressive educational values and a long list of alumni who have benefited from an education in accordance with the same.

We are a very inclusive school. Established by the Catholic Church for Catholic children, we are not just for Catholics. We welcome students who are Catholic, of other Christian denominations, other faiths and no faith, and we strive to educate all of our students – regardless of their background – in the Catholic way. That is, to provide an education that focuses on: respect for the dignity and the care of the human person; values the context and experience of the learner; offers a broad, liberal curriculum; enables the learner to apply their knowledge in the outside world; serves justice; and encourages enthusiasm for future learning.

We are modern, inclusive and forward looking. Our motto is ‘Aequalis Per Dei Imaginem’, which means ‘Equal by means of God’s image’. This fits Trinity’s history perfectly as it reflects on the aspirations towards equality that the school’s first Principal, Peter Hastings, had when he instituted the policy of staff and students referring to each other by their ‘Christian’ names, given at baptism. It also is a reminder that our equality as people and our duty to support our neighbours derive from the fact that we are all created equal in the image of God.

Following a change of leadership in 2012, Trinity Catholic School is on a journey of continual, sustainable improvement. The school’s governors have set the school leadership aspirational targets for attainment, faith-life and outreach, and are supporting and challenging the leadership towards these ambitious goals. The school achieved a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted in June 2013, and the same judgement from the Archdiocese of Birmingham with respect to its RE inspection in October 2013; these are the highest grades in the school’s history of inspection.

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