Trinity School

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About Trinity School

Name Trinity School
Ofsted Inspections
Headmaster Dr Matthew Pawson
Address Seal Hollow Rd, Sevenoaks, TN13 3SL
Phone Number 01732469111
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Christian
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1130
Local Authority Kent
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Trinity School continues to be a good school.

The headteacher of this school is Matthew Pawson. The school is a free school in a single academy trust called Trinity School Sevenoaks Ltd. The trust is overseen by a board of trustees chaired by Cres Iveson.

What is it like to attend this school?

Trinity School is a caring and considerate school, where each pupil is valued and appreciated as an individual. Academic success is just one aspect of the school's promise to parents and pupils. The school is actively committed to equip all pupils with the skills and knowledge, which they will need in later life.

The Christian ethos pervades every area of the school. It is actively p...romoted by the chaplaincy team, who collaborate closely with pastoral leaders to ensure pupils' welfare and well-being. Pupils believe that their potential is limitless.

They are tolerant, resilient and respectful towards each other and their teachers.

The school has high expectations of pupils' behaviour and engagement. Bullying is extremely rare, and pupils say that any issues are resolved quickly.

Pupils are happy and safe. They look out for one another. They know that they can talk with a member of staff if they have any concerns.

They are actively encouraged to do so.

A culture of kindness and compassion is evident across the school. Pupils are committed to their education.

The school offers an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs and activities besides sports and performing arts. These include backgammon, botanical art, coding, debating, origami, sewing and sign language.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The curriculum is carefully planned and suitably constructed.

The curriculum is ambitious and examination outcomes are particularly strong. The school has prioritised reading. This is a successful whole-school initiative.

Extra help is put into place for those pupils who need to catch up with their reading. Literacy skills are supported well and pupils develop a wide range of subject-specific vocabulary. Pupils make connections between what they are learning now with what they have learned previously.

However, cross-curricular links do not always support pupils' wider knowledge and skills fully. As a result, there are some opportunities which are missed to help pupils really deepen and apply their understanding.

Teachers have strong and confident subject knowledge.

In lessons, teachers ensure that knowledge is revisited so that pupils retain it. Teachers' questioning is used effectively to check pupils' understanding and adapt teaching to close gaps in pupils' knowledge. Teachers' feedback helps pupils understand what to do to improve.

At times, however, pupils' knowledge, skills and understanding are not developed fully. When this happens, pupils do not make as much progress through the curriculum as they could. The school has recognised this and is working hard to support improvements, for example, in modern foreign languages.

The sixth-form curriculum is appropriately matched to course requirements. Students are well prepared for their sixth-form studies. Visiting speakers and university visits ensure that students move successfully to the next steps of their education.

Many students proceed to highly regarded universities of their choice.

Relationships are exceptionally strong. Pupils play a highly positive role in supporting the school community.

They value opportunities to take on leadership roles and develop their confidence in public speaking. Sixth formers act as inspirational role models. They help and support younger pupils.

Personal development is a strength of the school and is well supported through the 'Trinity LifeBites' programme, covering personal, social and health education as well as relationships and sex education. The programme is exceptionally well designed to offer pupils a wide, rich set of experiences in a coherently planned way. The programme also covers careers which are carefully mapped out and actively supported through careers fairs, visiting speakers and external visits.

Pupils benefit significantly from additional activities, such as public speaking, debating and various competitions. Disadvantaged pupils are known and supported well. Their work is sensitively tailored to individual abilities and aptitudes.

The school is aware that the achievement of these pupils has not been as strong as that of their peers in the past. These gaps are narrowing.

Attendance is improving for all groups of pupils.

A recently appointed additional welfare officer is monitoring patterns of attendance closely and working with families where persistent absence is a problem. The school has specifically targeted disadvantaged pupils and improvements are already evident.

There is a formidable team spirit and an intense sense of purposefulness across subject departments.

The school works with diligence and determination to ensure a high-quality, inclusive education, which fully reflects the school's Christian ethos. Governors provide effective support and robust challenge, which ensures that staff feel valued and listened to. Staff say that their workload is always carefully considered.

They are proud to be part of the school community.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The school rightly recognises that the quality of education is not fully embedded, for example, in modern foreign languages.

When this is the case, the curriculum is not sequenced as well as it could be and learning is sometimes not ambitious enough. The school is already working to ensure that the curriculum is implemented consistently so that pupils achieve highly in all subjects. ? The school has not made the most of linking curriculum content across different subjects.

As a result, pupils do not always make important connections so that their learning really deepens. The school should extend its successful cross-curricular working in reading and the 'Trinity Life Bites' programme to ensure that pupils make connections across all subjects.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the second ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2015.

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