Trinity Multi-Academy Trust: Our Story
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust began with a single, brand-new school built in the hills of north Calderdale, Trinity Academy Halifax which opened in 2010. Its mission was to revolutionise the quality of secondary teaching and learning in the area after a decade of underperformance and exclusion.
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) was formed in 2015. We believe that every child can succeed, and having proved what works in our flagship academy, we focus on creating and transforming schools into places where children love learning and teachers teach with passion.
We control our growth with care so that every new member school receives the maximum benefits. Today, the MAT embraces one sixth form, six secondary and three primary academies. Although every Trinity MAT academy is united by common values and a commitment to teaching and learning excellence, each one is also a unique part of its local community, with its own distinct character.
The trust also encompasses Trinity Institute of Education, West Yorkshire Maths Hub and is the home of White Rose Education, whose schemes and professional development are used extensively nationwide and beyond. Additionally, the trust consists of our Trinity MAT Earthshot initiative and the Trinity Scholars programme.
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Our Family of Academies:
Trinity Academy Halifax
Trinity Academy Halifax opened its doors in 2010 and is the flagship academy of Trinity MAT. Just three years after opening, an Ofsted inspection in 2013 declared Trinity Academy Halifax to be outstanding in all areas – student achievement, quality of teaching, safety and behaviour, leadership, management and overall effectiveness. In 2023, the academy secured Ofsted outstanding in all areas once again. This inspection means the academy has upheld its Ofsted outstanding rating for an entire decade. Our flagship academy was the first of many MAT schools to be awarded as World Class by WCSQM in 2019 and was re-accredited in 2022.
Trinity Academy Grammar
Sowerby Bridge High School became Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge in September 2017, heralding a new and exciting journey for the school and its local community. In September 2021 the academy took the bold decision to draw on its heritage to become Trinity Academy Grammar (TAG).
In 2016, Ofsted graded the school as ‘inadequate’ and it ranked in the lowest 15% of all UK schools. Within the first two years of joining Trinity MAT, the academy rapidly rose to the top 1% of the most improved schools in the country. In 2023, the academy received Ofsted good with outstanding features. In 2022, the academy secured World Class status through the WCSQM organisation.
Trinity Academy Cathedral
In 2015, the former Cathedral School in Wakefield was failing both financially and educationally. Trinity MAT reached out to the school with help and support in 2016, and in 2017, Cathedral School joined the Trust as Cathedral Academy. The school is now named Trinity Academy Cathedral to be in line with other MAT schools.
In 2018, Cathedral School progressed from failure to the TES 2019 Secondary School of the Year and the academy was awarded Ofsted outstanding in all areas in 2022! In 2023, the academy was awarded the World Class status, joining just a handful of non-selective state schools that were awarded during this academic year.
Trinity Academy Leeds
Trinity Academy Leeds opened in September 2021 with a state-of-the-art new building. Students benefit from an ambitious and inspirational curriculum underpinned by a strong focus on Literacy and Maths. Trinity Academy Leeds is a school that champions the Arts, as all students have the opportunity to study Dance, Drama and Music from the very start of their educational journey. After just two years of opening, the academy was awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark in 2023.
Trinity Academy St Edward's
Trinity Academy St Edward’s opened in September 2021. The academy offers the Barnsley community a broad, balanced curriculum that focuses on STEM subjects, setting the highest aspirations and delivering outstanding outcomes for all students. In 2023, the academy secured World Class status and had the honour of being shortlisted for the ‘World Class School of the Year 2023’ award.
Trinity Academy Bradford
Trinity Academy Bradford (formerly Queensbury Academy) joined Trinity Multi-Academy Trust in 2021. The academy name change signified a brand-new start within our thriving Trust.
In just one year, the academy achieved the title of ‘most improved school in the Bradford area 2022′.
Trinity Sixth Form Academy
In 2020, Trinity Sixth Form Academy opened a brand-new state-of-the-art premises in the heart of Halifax town centre. Within just one year, the academy achieved Ofsted outstanding in all areas and currently sits within the top 10% of Sixth Forms nationally for their progress and attainment scores. In 2023, Trinity Sixth Form Academy became the first-ever sixth form to be accredited as a World Class provider of education.
Trinity Academy Akroydon
In 2017, Trinity Academy Akroydon joined Trinity MAT. Results were poor and the academy needed a new direction. With the Trust’s vision and approach, hard work soon brought results. In 2019, Akroydon Primary Academy was named as ‘Calderdale’s Most Improved School’. From January 2021 the school name changed to Trinity Academy Akroydon to be in line with other MAT schools. In 2023 the academy secured Ofsted good with outstanding features.
Trinity Academy St Chad’s
Trinity Academy St Chad’s joined Trinity MAT in 2019 following an inadequate Ofsted rating. Just a few short years and one pandemic later, the academy emerges with a glowing Ofsted report that reflects the unwavering dedication and hard work of the entire school community as the school received Good with outstanding features. In 2023, the academy became the first Calderdale primary school to receive the World Class Schools Quality Mark.
Trinity Academy St Peter's
Trinity Academy St Peter’s joined the Trust in September 2020. Yet, in 2019, the school had received ‘requires improvement’ within all areas. Within just three years of joining the MAT, the academy achieved an Ofsted good rating in all areas.
In addition to its schools, Trinity MAT has developed three other leading external organisations:
Trinity Institute of Education
Trinity Institute of Education (TIE) trains new teachers and supports schools across the region with direct support and training of the highest quality.
White Rose Education
White Rose Education provides maths and science resources, CPD, tools, advice and guidance for teachers and parents internationally. They help to develop happy, confident and resilient learners, from reception to GCSE and beyond.
West Yorkshire Maths Hub
West Yorkshire Maths Hub is a government-funded organisation which aims to raise standards in Maths by training teachers to teach for maths mastery
Lastly, take a look at Trinity MAT's initiatives
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust Earthshot
Trinity MAT Earthshot was launched, by our pupils, to over 700 staff on the 28th of February 2022. Our planet is in crisis, our pupils and staff understand this so we are standing up, speaking out and committed to making a difference.
The Trinity Scholars programme is designed to give maximum exposure to a wide range of experiences, research and academia that facilitates students’ equitable entry into either of the two most competitive and elite programmes: Oxbridge and/or Medical School.