17th December, 2019

Sixth Form FAQ

Some general questions and answers

What are the facilities like?

Trinity has its own Sixth-Form with about 20 rooms including specialist Science labs and ICT suites, study areas and a common room. Some facilities like the large drama hall, the dance studio, the huge sportshall, the floodlit astro turf and new kitchen and food hall areas are shared with the rest of the school.

What is A Level teaching like?

The transition from GCSE to AS Level is quite a challenge and we have very experienced subject staff and tutorial staff to help you. We keep all our teaching groups as small as possible, never larger than 15 students and on average 10. Undoubtedly the quality of the teaching staff is a major attraction to our own Year 11 pupils and those who join us from other schools. Each subject has five hours per week usually taught by two members of staff.

What pastoral support is there?

Lots! We recognise the need to help you with your studies, and with preparing you for the future (careers, university guidance) and we have frequent reports and parental contact. We like to give plenty of support but there is also the aim to help you become independent learners and good citizens.

What courses do you teach?

Our curriculum evolves with the changes made nationally whilst maintaining what we know works with you and what will equip you for the future, and details of the curriculum pathways and courses that you can follow are in the school prospectus.

What else is on offer?

We pride ourselves on our enrichment of the curriculum, with trips and activities complementing subjects including Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Languages. We have a rich extra-curricular programme including activities in sport, music and drama as well as ones like Young Enterprise, environment groups and outward bound. However, we also keep favourite traditions like our Briars retreats and our paired reading scheme to help younger pupils. Many suggestions and ideas come from our Sixth Form committee who meet weekly and who are also a part of the school council.

What are the exam results?

Trinity has had excellent exam results post 16 and we are justifiably proud of our academic reputation with pass rates often over 98% and thereby appearing as a high performing school showing in league and performance tables. It has regularly been in the top 250 state schools published by national newspapers. Each summer around 90% of students achieve their first choice of university course. Part of the reason for success is the way staff interact with you and get to know you very well and tailor work with plenty of challenge and support. Staff analyse your skills and develop your strengths and work on your weaknesses to create successful independent learners. They set challenging targets for you and do their best to ensure you persevere.

What is a Catholic Sixth Form like?

We expect you to respect the ethos of the school, attend assemblies, etc. but we also make space for you to discuss and develop on your own faith journey. Most students enjoy a discussion of moral, ethical and spiritual issues in an open and friendly manner. We also try to get you to be involved in fund-raising and helping with liturgical activities for younger pupils.

How likely am I to get a place?

We usually admit about 120 to 130 of our own Year 11 and between 25 and 30 students from other schools.

If you are in Trinity School already, in our Year 11, what happens?

Do we need to complete an application form?

Yes. In the first instance your application form will indicate that you want to stay with us at Trinity and show what subjects you are interested in studying in the sixth form. The application form will be available on line or as a paper copy.

So what happens to us?

You will be interviewed by either Mr Bennett, Mr Brennan, Mrs Marsden or Dr. Mulligan towards the end of the autumn term, usually after you have completed the Year 11 mock examination. We will discuss your subject choices and try to help you with your career choices. Once we have this information all of your subject teachers get an opportunity to comment about your suitability, and in due time we will meet up again to discuss what they have said, particularly if they are worried about your suitability. After that we will confirm your place and your subject choice with a letter.

Any advice to us?

Yes. Do your research carefully for what careers you might pursue. Talk to subject staff, to careers staff, to Connexions advisers and to our senior staff who are all keen to help you discover your future. Make sure you visit the school careers library, use the software available and above all talk to those who know you well. Do watch out, many Universities and careers actually demand specific and often high grades at GCSE – you might think your future is decided on AS and A Levels but whilst this is important so too are your GCSE grades, especially those in your core subjects.

Do we have an induction day?

Yes there are two separate induction days in the summer term, usually in early July, and we strongly advise you to attend the one that is most convenient for you. We also invite you and your parent/carers to an informal meeting after you have done your exams. You will hear about the Sixth Form and meet some teachers and tutors as well as some students from Y12 and Y13 who will tell you all the exciting things about the Sixth Form. For those who are still unsure what to study in the Sixth Form we can arrange for you to come into school after your GCSE exams and sit in some lessons.

What if my results are not what I expected in the summer?

  • It might be that you do better than you had expected. It would be best to express your concerns about your choices during those interviews and that way we have a place for you IF you achieve well.
  • However, if you do not get the grades, we (like you) will find this out in August when the results come out. During the period between results and starting back to school a small group of senior staff will be meeting to consider students in your position. We will look at your results, your post 16 choices, your reports, your attitude and take advice from those staff who know you well, and consider any individual issues. This will help us all make the fairest and the right decision. You might be allowed to start with certain targets and criteria set for you. We will communicate the decision to you during that time period. However, this situation is best avoided and can be by working hard to achieve your dreams.

If you are thinking of joining Trinity Sixth Form from another school

Where is Trinity School?

Just on the North side of Nottingham off the ring road by Beechdale Baths. It is easily reached by public bus and also many school buses run. We have a map from Google on our Contact Us page.

Isn’t it an 11-18 school?

Trinity has about 1100 students altogether from Year 7 to Year 13 with about 240 post 16. The Sixth Form is an important part of the school but has its own building and ethos. 75-80% of students come from the Trinity Year 11 with new students joining us from other local 11-16 and sometimes local 11-18 schools. Those who join the Sixth Form soon settle in, make friends and feel very much a part of Trinity. Teachers and the other students treat everyone equally.

Do you hold any induction days?

Yes. Just after you finish GCSE exams. Students not in our Year 11 will receive an invite after you apply (see below). During the day you will get an opportunity to meet other Y11 students joining us, as well as some of our Y12 students. We will have some activities to help make you feel welcomed and try to get you to meet a subject teacher in each subject you have chosen. It is fairly informal so if you have any questions we will try to answer them.

What do I do if I wish to apply or need further information?

If you have any questions email sixthform@trinity.nottingham.sch.uk or tel 0115 9296251 or write to the school. If you wish to arrange a visit, come to our open evenings which are in November, if you have missed these, ring the school to make an appointment and we will arrange to show you around at a mutually convenient time.

What will happen to my form after I have applied?

  • As soon as we receive your application we will acknowledge receipt of it usually by email and/or by post.
  • We will not make any offers until after our Open evenings.
  • We will then contact your referees for a reference. Once we receive the reference we will be back in touch with you.
  • In some cases we might arrange an interview, which will be fairly informal.
  • We will then be in a position to offer you a place which will be conditional on meeting our admissions criteria and upon the demand for places.
  • We ask you to confirm that you want to accept your place at Trinity Sixth Form. Just around Easter we are creating our timetable which will include you, so please let us know if you change your mind about subjects or about coming to Trinity. This is very important.
  • You might get a phone call from our timetabler, Mr Bennett, to discuss your choices, especially if they are unusual or there are any staffing issues.
  • Sometime towards your GCSE exams we will write to invite you to an induction day and to an evening along with your parents or carers.
  • In August when results are published we will contact you by email (or phone) to check you have achieved the necessary exam results. Once we confirm your place you will receive a letter confirming the arrangements for the new term.