Summary of our history
Holy Trinity Church of England Aided Primary School was opened in 1980, when the village school at Great Cheverell joined with that in Erlestoke. We serve the villages of Great Cheverell, Little Cheverell, Erlestoke and Coulston though many children come to our school from outside this catchment area.
In September 2011, we became a stand-alone academy – the first primary school in the Diocese of Salisbury to take this step, and one of the first in Wiltshire. We were allowed to take this step because of our Outstanding Ofsted that had been sustained for many years. This new status allows us to have greater freedom over the curriculum and over our finances so that we can make best provision for the children in our school. We are part of an informal collaboration of other Single Academy Trusts which provides mutual support and school improvement opportunities. We are also part of a formal collaboration, the Emmanuel Collaboration, of local church primary schools.
We have a modern, attractive and well-designed building set in beautiful landscaped grounds overlooking Salisbury plain. In 1995 a permanent two-classroom extension was added to the school. In 1998 the staff room was extended and the headteacher’s office was added.
At present, we have 5 classes, all split between two age groups. The school has a net capacity of 150 children and we are often completely full.
Our school has been Outstanding since 2008, and in 2019 was, once again, judged Excellent by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools. The academic outcomes put the school in the top few percent of all primary schools in the country, but far more importantly, children are helped to grow into courageous, joyful, aspirational and compassionate people who live fulfilled and happy lives.
Our field, playground and the play equipment are wonderful and much enjoyed by the children. We have an outdoor reflection area, an outdoor theatre, a space rocket and a pirate ship as well as a willow den. We have a little area of woodland at the far end of our field, called Bluebell wood, and the children are enjoying looking after this habitat and taking part in Forest School activities.
More detail on the History of our school, going back to the 18th century until the present, can be found here: