How can we apply for a place at Holy Trinity?
If your child is due to start school in the Foundation Stage next September (that means that they will be turning 5 years old at some point between next September and the following August) you need to apply online through Wiltshire Local Authority http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schoolseducationandlearning/schoolsandcolleges/schooladmissions.htm .
If you want to transfer your child who is already in school to Holy Trinity, please contact the school on 01380 813 796, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will support you through the process. Holy Trinity is its own admissions authority because it is a Stand-Alone Academy.
Please phone the school to make an appointment to look around and chat to the headteacher – we do not hold open days since we would rather personally meet each family interested in our school.
How are places allocated?
A copy of our admissions policy is available on our website, under the tab “Information for Parents”. In summary, if we are oversubscribed, we allocate places firstly to those who legally must be awarded places (vulnerable children in various categories), then we award places to those who live our catchment area (Great Cheverell, ,Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston) with siblings of those in catchment having first priority, then we award places to those who have siblings in our school but live out of catchment, then those who live out of the catchment and can present a valid Christian Faith application and lastly those who live out of the catchment area but don’t fall into any of the above categories. In the event of a tie break in any criterion, distance from the school is used to separate the candidates. Governors have determined that we will not admit above our net capacity of 150 children. Well over 50% of our children come from outside our catchment area.
What do we need to look for when we are trying to decide on the best school for our child?
This depends a lot on your own educational philosophy. If you walk through a school and it feels happy, welcoming and purposeful, and if you have a sense that good values are at the heart of the school ethos, that is a very good start. This means that your child will be valued, challenged and happy at school.
If you see that behaviour is good, that children are engaged with their learning and are being kind and polite to others, that is another good sign as it means that your child will be part of a loving and effective community.
If the adults are cheerful and welcoming, that is a good sign – it means that they are enjoying their work and that means your child will have a rich experience at school.
If the school’s academic outcomes are good, year after year, and have been so for many years, that can reassure you that your child will be well taught and will learn the necessary skills and knowledge they need to live happy and fulfilled lives.
You are welcome to ask any questions you wish about the school – providing the information is not data protected, you should receive frank and honest answers. You might want to ask about bullying, homework, behaviour, staff turnover, parental engagement, the broader curriculum, vision for the future, plans to change any aspect of that particular school, the philosophy of the school – and so on.
Ultimately, you need to have a good “feel” about a school when you walk through it and you have to have a sense that your child will thrive in this environment.
What time does the school day start and finish?
Children can be dropped off between 8.30am and 8.40am. The school day ends at 3.00pm.
Does the school provide breakfast clubs or afterschool care?
There is no breakfast club nor after-school care though there are many special interest clubs that do run after school. However, these will not be available to every child on every day.
Does the school offer holiday clubs?
We offer a 2 or 3 week holiday club in August and a week at Easter and often a week in the half term breaks as well.
What is the uniform and where can I buy it?
Holy Trinity colours are navy blue with the school logo. Children can wear the sweatshirt or jumper or cardigan. Grey or black skirts or trousers and, in summer, blue and white checked dresses form the basic uniform. Polo shirts with the logo can be purchased or plain white or blue polo shirts are acceptable. We insist on sensible black school shoes, no high heels, boots, sandals or trainers for daily wear – our children are busy and run around a lot, so they need to be safe and comfortable. All uniform items can be purchased from
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or from Tesco at
We do not have space for children to bring rucksacks into school, so please purchase the flat book bags and drawstring bags for PE clothing.
Where can we park when dropping off or picking up children?
There is some parking outside the school – we ask parents not to park in the lay-by and to use this area as a “Stop and Drop” area. There are spaces in the Pavilion car park which the parish council very kindly allows us to use but we do ask parents to be considerate when parking across the road. Children’s lives are in danger if people park dangerously. If possible, please walk into school or form a lift club with other local families to reduce the number of cars outside the school at busy times. There is parking further down in the village and a very pretty walk up Green Lane should there be insufficient parking outside the school.