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WELCOME TO DURHAM TRINITY SCHOOL AND SPORTS COLLEGE

WELCOME TO DURHAM TRINITY SCHOOL AND SPORTS COLLEGE

Welcome to Durham Trinity School and Sports College. We are a generic special school educating pupils 2-19 years of age, who are autistic or have profound, moderate, severe or complex learning difficulties. Some pupils also have additional medical, physical, sensory, linguistic or behavioural challenges. All pupils at Durham Trinity School and Sports College have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

We are situated on the outskirts of Durham City Centre. Durham Trinity is a relatively new purpose-built school, we are continuously adapting the physical environment to ensure we are meeting the changing needs of the school population. During the summer holidays (2023) we added an additional classroom in our specialist autistic provision, by removing our science lab, because there is no longer a formal pathway at Durham Trinity School. The pupils have access to specialist rooms and facilities such as a sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, food technology, fitness suite and a Create and Make room.

To enhance the curriculum and allow pupils to thrive in their interests and strengths, whilst encouraging them to take risks, we relaunched our Friday afternoon enrichment activities last November; to include additional clubs such as Bush Craft, Dance and Duke of Edinburgh. Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) was relaunched in January this year, which led to the appointment of a Play Lead to develop the school grounds, resource provision, support staff development whilst ensuring health and safety is followed.

In May 2023 we launched our new Curriculum Toolkit to support the delivery of our 3-curriculum pathways to ensure the needs of the diverse school population are met academically, emotionally and physically; whilst providing challenge and support to ensure they are prepared for the next stage in their development, and preparing them for life. Please click on this link to access more information about our Curriculum; including Careers, Relationship Sex Education (RSE) and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC).

We are a Sports College, providing an excellent provision that develops pupils’ physical skills and mental wellbeing, educating them about leading a healthy lifestyle, whilst having fun! Pupils have opportunities to access non-competitive and competitive sporting activities throughout the school year. In 2022-23 we introduced our Gifted and Talented Sports Group who access additional PE lessons, experiencing different sports with a number of specialist coaches and staff. This provision has continued into 2023/24.

We provide a Further Education Unit (FEU- Post 16) on site where the excellent provision continues until they are 19 years of age. The students have access to their own common room with many opportunities to access the community, to prepare them for their next stage in life.

Our greatest resource is the staff. They are supportive and highly skilled in SEND, supporting pupils throughout the school day to ensure they achieve their goals and become as independent as possible. Together with pupils, families and other agencies, we work together to ensure the best outcomes for our pupil

More information can be found about our SEND report, SEND provision and the teaching, learning and curriculum in the SEND section on the website. Also available in Key Information is specific staff to contact if you require further information or support whilst your young person attends Durham Trinity. Please click on the link to see our Key Information page.

There is a new section on our website to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing, click on the link here to explore this web page which signposts young people, parent and carers to additional information.

For parents/carers considering our school as a future option for their young person, you are encouraged to contact school and make arrangements to visit our school. We would be delighted to meet you and answer any queries you may have, whilst there is further information in Key Information; School Admissions.

For existing parents/carers, we hope the website gives you additional information about the curriculum and support your young person accesses whilst attending Durham Trinity School and Sports College.

If you require a paper copy of any of the policies or documents that are on our website, please contact Louise Hindmarch at the school office on 0191 386 4612.

Mrs Rachel Grimwood

Headteacher

April 2024

  •   OASES Bushcraft Activities    Over the last 2 weeks pupils from Lambton Class and Neville Class have had the opportunity to try their hand at some bushcraft activities.  Visiting Elemore Hall and working with staff from OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists), pupils have been engaged in learning how to den build, cook on open fires, using tools to whittle wood and how to set up hammocks.   Thanks to staff from OASES for making this such a fantastic experience.

    March 28th, 2024

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    OASES Bushcraft Activities 
     
    Over the last 2 weeks pupils from Lambton Class and Neville Class have had the opportunity to try their hand at some bushcraft activities.  Visiting Elemore Hall and working with staff from OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists), pupils have been engaged in learning how to den build, cook on open fires, using tools to whittle wood and how to set up hammocks.
     
    Thanks to staff from OASES for making this such a fantastic experience.

  • Neville - Boccia Competition   Pupils from Neville class today attended a Boccia Competition held at Meadowfield Leisure Centre. Organised by Panathlon and ran by Smile Through Sport, pupils faced off against a number of local schools. As always Neville class put in a tremendous performance and were unlucky not to make the semi finals.   A big thank to the organisers and especially Durham 6th Form sports students, who officiated the matches.   Well done Neville Class!!

    March 14th, 2024

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    Neville - Boccia Competition
     
    Pupils from Neville class today attended a Boccia Competition held at Meadowfield Leisure Centre. Organised by Panathlon and ran by Smile Through Sport, pupils faced off against a number of local schools. As always Neville class put in a tremendous performance and were unlucky not to make the semi finals.
     
    A big thank to the organisers and especially Durham 6th Form sports students, who officiated the matches.
     
    Well done Neville Class!!

  • Dance Festival On Friday 8th March, pupils from Durham Trinity School attended the Fuse Dance Festival in Hartlepool.  Organised by Durham based Tin Arts.  The festival showcased dance routines from local schools in our area. Durham Trinity pupils have only been performing together for a short while.  Working with Emily, from Northeast Dance, pupils have practiced every Friday afternoon during the school's enrichment session.  Supported by Durham Trinity staff member, Joanne Haswell, pupils have shown tremendous determination and a great team and work ethic to improve on their routines each week.  For some this was the first time they have performed in public.    Pictured are 3 members of the Durham Trinity Dance group with their certificates.  Well done to all the group!

    March 14th, 2024

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    Dance Festival

    On Friday 8th March, pupils from Durham Trinity School attended the Fuse Dance Festival in Hartlepool.  Organised by Durham based Tin Arts.  The festival showcased dance routines from local schools in our area. Durham Trinity pupils have only been performing together for a short while.  Working with Emily, from Northeast Dance, pupils have practiced every Friday afternoon during the school's enrichment session.  Supported by Durham Trinity staff member, Joanne Haswell, pupils have shown tremendous determination and a great team and work ethic to improve on their routines each week.  For some this was the first time they have performed in public. 
     
    Pictured are 3 members of the Durham Trinity Dance group with their certificates.  Well done to all the group!

  • PE Staff Visit   PE staff from Durham Trinity School have been involved in Science Week at Oxclose Primary School, Washington.  Marie-Claire and Pete helped to support Durham University Pupils design and coach a variety of activities that were inclusive to all.  Over 180 pupils from the school, ranging from year 1 to year 6 got involved in an energetic sports afternoon.   Thanks to Oxclose Primary and Durham University for inviting us to be part of a fantastic Science week.

    March 14th, 2024

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    PE Staff Visit
     
    PE staff from Durham Trinity School have been involved in Science Week at Oxclose Primary School, Washington.  Marie-Claire and Pete helped to support Durham University Pupils design and coach a variety of activities that were inclusive to all.  Over 180 pupils from the school, ranging from year 1 to year 6 got involved in an energetic sports afternoon.
     
    Thanks to Oxclose Primary and Durham University for inviting us to be part of a fantastic Science week.

  • St James' Park Stadium Tour   On Friday 8th March a group of Durham Trinity pupils and staff attended St James' Park for a tour of the stadium.  Organised by our friends at Education World.  The tour consisted of visiting the home dressing room, looking in the director's box and going pitch side.   All being massive Newcastle United fans, we are not sure who enjoyed it more, pupils or staff!   Thanks again to Education World for this fantastic opportunity.

    March 12th, 2024

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    St James' Park Stadium Tour
     
    On Friday 8th March a group of Durham Trinity pupils and staff attended St James' Park for a tour of the stadium.  Organised by our friends at Education World.  The tour consisted of visiting the home dressing room, looking in the director's box and going pitch side.
     
    All being massive Newcastle United fans, we are not sure who enjoyed it more, pupils or staff!
     
    Thanks again to Education World for this fantastic opportunity.

OUR EVENTS

  • Summer 2024

    July 24th, 2024

    Summer holidays, pupils return to school 4th September 


  • Autumn Half Term Holiday

    October 27th, 2024

    Autumn Half Term Holiday


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