At Holy Trinity we put great emphasis on providing a rich and diverse curriculum, resulting in children who love learning and enjoy coming to school. Children's enjoyment of their learning was rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in June 2009. We are also proud of the very good behaviour of our learners and the school's caring family atmosphere.
We are a Church of England Academy school
Christian values continue to underpin our everyday life and are summarised in our mission and ethos statements.
Building Learning Power
We work hard to teach children the skills that make a good learner. We use a framework called 'Building Learning Power', and base our whole school rewards system on these skills. This is explained in more detail on our Curriculum page.
Our full International Schools Award reflects a lot of hard work which has been put into bringing cultures from around the world to the school. The school has links with 4 schools in other countries.
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Here are some of the awards that the school has received recently and programmes we have been involved with:
In July 2015 we became the first school in Wiltshire to be awarded the Communication Kitemark. Many children have speech and language difficulties, especially when they start school. To meet these needs we employ a speech therapist directly from the local NHS trust to work in school one morning a week. This gives access to therapy, staff development and expert advice that most schools can only dream of. The whole-school committment to the importance of communication is validated by this award.
We were part of a Local Authority pilot project to establish the first 'Reading for Pleasure' schools and share good practice across the county and beyond. This coincided with the development of our library and careful evaluation of its impact on children's reading. The importance of reading for pleasure has been emphasised in the new national curriculum and we fully endorse this approach. There's a separate web page about our library where you can find out lots more.
Calne is a town with relatively little cultural diversity so it is crucial that our children are educated about the wider world. For many years we have used the International Schools Award to drive this process. The award has just been renewed for 2015-18. To achieve this we have had to demonstrate that the international dimension is embedded in the school's life through seven different major projects in the year. We have also sponsored and helped a school aiming to achieve the intermediate level award.
The school works closely with local organisations to deliver training that helps children stay safe.
Bikeability used to be called 'Cycling Proficiency' - it teaches children how to ride their bikes safely. This 2-day course is done by most children in year 6.
In younger classes the children receive WalkSafe training every year.
Local fire safety officers also train classes 2 and 6 each year. Police Officers are regular visitors to the school, for the right reasons, most recently bringing in a sniffer dog as part of Year 6's drugs education. The NSPCC brings training for older children in child protection awareness.
Renewed annually, the widely-recognised Bristol standard is for excellence in the school's early years provision. It creates a rigorous framework for continuous self-evaluation and improvement in teaching methodology and the learning environment, based on the highest professional standards.
The School Council plays an important part in the life of the school. Elected representatives from each class meet regularly. Last year they organised several curriculum days, various fundraising events, a talent show and they started a new Lego club.
This award demonstrates the school's committment to environmental awareness in the education of the children and also in its wider actions, such a procurement, recycling and sustainable development.