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Headteachers Welcome

Welcome Message from Mrs Oliphant, our Headteacher

Holy Trinity CE (C) Primary School is a very special place to learn, grow and develop. It is a popular Burton school and is held in high affection and regard by many - pupils, teachers, parents and the local community.

We are a thriving Church of England primary school of 180 children, aged between 2 and 11, who are taught in eight classes. We have seven class teachers, as well as part-time teachers. Each class has a Learning Support Assistant to support the children's work, especially in English and maths. 

We offer extensive Wrap-around-Care from 8am to 5pm, including our Nursery afternoon sessions for children who are in our morning nursery sessions and for children who turn three in the Autumn and Spring term before they are due to start maintained nursery.   

We have a strong creative approach to meeting the needs of all our children and the curriculum is enriched by music, art, drama, literature, visiting authors and poets, history days, a wide range of educational visits, concerts, visiting theatre companies and so, so much more.

We want our children to be happy, to enjoy school. We value them, we like them, we are interested in them, we talk to them and they talk to us. They trust us and we enjoy being with them.

Our Christian values and ethos ensure our children have a sound understanding of the respect and kindness needed to get along with everyone in and around our community.  We have close links with many of the local churches and the children have a wide and varied diet of visitors coming into school to support our values.

We all at this school strongly believe that children deserve to experience childhood and all the magic and wonder it brings - and in doing that we work closely with their parents and families, and with the community in which we lie.  We all want our children to:

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in November 2019 when we were again judged to be ‘GOOD’ in all areas of the inspection, and in our overall effectiveness of provision. The Inspection Report said, ‘This is a happy, caring school. Pupils like coming to school. They enjoy learning and say lessons are fun. Pupils want to do their best and take pride in their work. They feel happy and safe in school.  Pupils care about each other and know the staff care about them. For example, they know if they put a note in the class ‘What do you want your teacher to know’? box, teachers read it. These notes could be about a worry, a special event or award, or about another pupil who has done something nice. Parents and carers are very happy with the school and value the support given to their children and them as families.  All staff and governors have high aspirations for pupils. They know pupils and families well. They want each pupil to leave school, ‘as confident, competent, well mannered, caring individuals who are ready for the future’. They do.

Pupils’ behaviour is very good. Playtimes and lunchtimes are happy and active. Movement around school is calm. Learning in classroom happens without disruption. Pupils say bullying is rare. If it does happen, it is quickly dealt with. 

The school is well led. The headteacher is passionate and determined. She and the governors work hard to provide a thriving, positive learning environment. Staff feel valued.’  The full Ofsted Report is available on our school website.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding

The headteacher is well supported by governors, staff and parents and has a passion and commitment to the Christian foundation of this school. A very clear and consistent direction is provided by her leadership which drives forward the school’s vision. Pupils, leaders and parents articulate, understand and ensure that the distinctive Christian values and ethos which pervades a caring environment remain central to the school’s vision. Both the parish incumbent and the Riverside Community are regular visitors and nurture the close links between pupils and their respective Christian communities. This adds to the Christian distinctiveness.  SIAMS report December 2016

I am extremely proud to lead a team that is committed to achieving high standards and providing the very best opportunities for the children in our care. Staff, supported by governors, work hard to deliver a rich and challenging curriculum; to prepare children for their future education; and to help them acquire the skills and enthusiasm needed to pursue learning for the rest of their lives.

The best way to find out about our school is to come and visit, to see us in action and meet staff and children. A telephone call to the school office on 01283 247550 is all that is needed to arrange this.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school, and to a happy and successful partnership with all our new children and families.

*Please be aware that some of the information about our 'normal' operating routines may vary due to the current COVID restrictions. November 2020

Mrs Nicola Oliphant
Headteacher