Trinity Academy welcomes questions

Trinity Academy welcomes questions from anyone who has an interest in what we do.

Shortly we will be hosting a number of events to allow everyone to see why our new buildings are an investment that will continue to pay dividends in terms of student successes for decades to come.

There are however a number of points that we would like to address in response to a recent letter which contained some inaccuracies (Answer points over academy, 7 September 2012). Our students recently enjoyed their first day in these new buildings which have been built in order to make a difference to their future. We are a non-selective academy here to serve the students of north Halifax, regardless of their ability. Everyone will be welcome to attend one of our events to speak to us about how we are using these facilities to break cycles of deprivation and ensure learners believe in their own abilities and succeed. Just before our move the academy saw its best ever exam results with 66% of all students being awarded 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. These new buildings will ensure that we can do even more, so that everyone in this area can expect to have the choice of a place at university or a good job. We would also like to clarify that: 
We do not supply a free uniform. We receive the exact same amount of funding per student as any other school in Calderdale. There is nothing ‘extra’ for being an academy
The reason we use the latest technology is so that students are prepared for the outside world and to actually make efficiency savings. iPads are an essential part of the curriculum for our Sixth Formers 
The academy is for the north Halifax area. We have numerous local partner schools, and the reason for our expansion to up to 1900 places is in order to ensure that there are enough places for learners when St Catherine’s closes. There will be the same numbers of students travelling up and down the road as there always has been. 
All our students are expected to reflect our Christian values of empathy, honesty and respect and responsibility inside and outside of the academy. We know that they do this from the comments we receive. However, we will naturally continue to work with the local community and they are welcome to contact us should there be anything at all they wish to discuss. Our impact on the area will only be positive. The community of north Halifax has been given something wonderful. These buildings are for the people who live here. Mr Bray would be welcome to come and visit our learners and ask them if they think it is money well spent. I’m sure they would be happy to share how privileged they feel to be here and how they feel this facility will help them achieve their dreams and ambitions.

Mr Michael Gosling