Trinity School (Newbury)

Trinity School (Newbury)

Infobox UK school
name = Trinity School

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type = Comprehensive community school
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head = Ms D Forster
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specialist = Arts College
street = Love Lane
city = Shaw
county = Berkshire
country = ENG
postcode = RG14 2DU
LEA = West Berkshire
ofsted = 131790
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enrollment = 967
gender = Co-educational
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Trinity School is a co-educational comprehensive of about 1000 pupils in Newbury, Berkshire. The school is relatively new and has been open since 1999 when two existing schools and one new school combined - hence the name Trinity. The Elizabethan Grade 1 listed Shaw House mansion is located in the grounds of the school. Trinity School caters for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18.

The school is a Performing Arts College and the department houses many facilities including a music/ICT suite, a drama studio, a recording studio, practice rooms and an underground costume store. The school is currently producing their performance of The Boyfriend (2009) as an annual production. Students are actively encouraged to take part in performing arts. The schools provides extra lessons for students who are especially able, gifted and talented in drama, music and dance. Trinity has a close relationship with neighbouring company Vodafone whereby the company and its staff both help the school and we help them too.

The site

Trinity School of Performing arts is situated in the grounds of Shaw House, a 16th-century mansion, completed in 1581. Shaw House is a distinctive red brick house which has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 listed building. [ [ Images of England ref. no 294163] ] The house was used by King Charles I as his headquarters for the Second Battle of Newbury in 1644. The school incorporates both the old buildings and the new ones.

ACE unit

The school has an ACE unit which specialises in aiding pupils with dyslexia and learning difficulties. The unit is unique in West Berkshire and shows that the school is fully comprehensive. Many pupils with dyslexia who been helped by ACE unit have gone on to universities across the country.



The school offers GCSE subjects of a varied range, from mathematics to DiDA (Diploma in Digital Applications). Since the school's opening in 1999, the GCSE grades have improved dramatically due to the academically minded pupils and determined teachers. However, they are still the lowest in West Berkshire by the percentage of pupils getting 5 or more grade A*-C (42%) and the Value added figure from KS2 to KS4 (971.4). [ [ Schools in Berkshire, BBC website, 19th January 2006] ]


The sixth form at Trinity has also seen giant improvements in grades; in recent years the majority of Trinity's GCSE students, and an increasing number from other schools, have chosen to continue their education at Trinity's sixth form. The school offers a range of A-level courses to suit most interests and abilities. A-levels range from accounting to psychology. Trinity is one of just a few schools in Berkshire which offers the Performing Arts Double award at A level. Sixth form pupils are given the chance to take responsibility for their future with an office-style dress code and home study in Year 13.


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