Dear Parent / Carer

I hope you have enjoyed your summer. It was lovely to welcome your children back to school today. They all look well rested, smart and ready to start work again!

I am writing to update you on developments in school.

Firstly, Mrs Parkin has now left Holy Trinity. We thank her for her hard work over the last 5 years and we wish her well in the future. Mrs Oldcorn will continue to lead the primary phase.

We welcome the new staff that have joined us in the primary and secondary phase.

In our response to the priorities identified by Ofsted, we have focused on improving attendance and on improving outcomes for pupils of all groups and abilities. We are pleased that the difference in achievement of different groups of pupils has narrowed significantly.

In EYFS, the percentage of children achieving a “Good Level of Development” increased to 70% and we are in line with national percentages.

In Year 1, 77% of children passed the phonics check. Our improvement was greater than the national improvement, so we have narrowed the gap with national to 4%.

In Year 2, the children who didn’t pass the phonics check last year took the test again. 92% of our Year 2 pupils passed the phonics check by the end of year 2, which is in line with national. In reading, writing and maths the percentage of children achieving the expected standard increased to 65% (5% above national 2016)

In Year 6, the percentage of children achieving the expected standard improved by 5%. The national percentage also increased, so we remain below national at Key Stage 2. We will continue to build on the developments we have put in place which have already led to improvements lower down the school.

At Key Stage 4, 63% achieved Grade C (4) or above in both English and Maths. This is the highest percentage ever achieved at Holy Trinity and St Michael’s, an 8% improvement on 2016 and 1% above national 2016. 39% of pupils achieved the new grade 5 or above in English and Maths. We do not have the national percentage for this. In almost every subject the percentage of pupils achieving C and above improved.

In the primary phase, attendance improved by 1.2% from the previous year. This narrows the gap with national to 0.5.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to building on these improvements over the coming year.

Yours sincerely


Mrs A Dickson