Trinity Multi-Academy Trust: Our Story
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust began with a single, brand-new school built in the hills of north Calderdale, Trinity Academy Halifax which opened in 2010. Its mission was to revolutionise the quality of secondary teaching and learning in the area after a decade of underperformance and exclusion.
A universal commitment to excellence from the very start has seen this Church of England academy transform behaviour and results and achieve two Ofsted Outstanding grades.
Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) was formed in 2015. A Church of England trust, we welcome students of all faiths and none. We believe that every child can succeed, and having proved what works in our flagship academy, we focus on creating and transforming schools into places where children love learning and teachers teach with passion.
We control our growth with care so that every new member school receives the maximum benefits. Today, the MAT embraces one sixth form, four secondary and three primary academies. Two brand new secondary schools which opened in September 2021 as Trinity Academy Leeds and Trinity Academy St Edward’s, followed by Trinity Academy Brighouse in 2023. Although every Trinity MAT academy is united by common values and a commitment to teaching and learning excellence, each one is also a unique part of its local community, with its own distinct character.
The trust also encompasses Trinity Institute of Education, West Yorkshire Maths Hub and is the home of White Rose Maths, whose schemes and professional development are used extensively nationwide and beyond.
Click on the options below to learn more about each of our academies and external initiatives.
Our Family of Academies:
Trinity Academy Grammar
Sowerby Bridge High School became Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge in September 2017, heralding a new and exciting journey for the school and its local community. In September 2021 the academy took the bold decision to draw on its heritage to become Trinity Academy Grammar (TAG).
In 2016, Ofsted had graded the school as ‘inadequate’ and it ranked in the lowest 15% of all UK schools. On joining Trinity MAT, standards changed rapidly.
Within the first two years, rapidly rose to the top 1% of the most improved schools in the country.
Trinity Academy Halifax
From the very start, expectations at Trinity Academy Halifax were set high. This Church of England academy welcomed students of all faiths and none, inspiring everyone with its core values of Empathy, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, rather than religious doctrine.
Leaders and staff aspired to excellence for every student, with an emphasis on high quality teaching and a clear Behaviour Policy that enables calm classrooms and excellent learning.
In just three years, the academy had transformed behaviour, teaching and learning, along with the future prospects of its students.
An Ofsted inspection 2013 declared Trinity Academy Halifax to be outstanding in every area – student achievement, quality of teaching, safety and behaviour, leadership, management and overall effectiveness.
Trinity Academy Cathedral
In 2015, the former Cathedral School in Wakefield was failing both financially and educationally. Trinity MAT reached out to the school with help and support in 2016, and in 2017, Cathedral School joined the trust as Cathedral Academy.
The results were astonishing: by 2018, Cathedral School had progressed from failure to the TES 2019 Secondary School of the Year!
The school is now named Trinity Academy Cathedral to be in line with other MAT schools.
Trinity Academy Leeds
A brand new school which opened in September 2021, with a Year 7 intake of 240 places, with students starting their secondary education in a state-of-the-art new building.
Students will benefit from an ambitious and inspirational curriculum underpinned by a strong focus on Literacy and Maths. Trinity Academy Leeds will also be a school that champions the Arts and all our students will have the opportunity to study Dance, Drama and Music from the very start of their educational journey.
Trinity Academy St Edward's
A brand new school which opened in September 2021, with a Year 7 intake of 180 places.
The academy offers the Barnsley community a broad, balanced curriculum that will focus on STEM subjects, setting the highest aspirations and deliver outstanding outcomes for all students.
Trinity Academy Bradford
On 1st February 2021 Trinity Academy Bradford (formerly Queensbury Academy) joined Trinity Multi-Academy Trust.
The new name signifies a brand new start within a thriving multi academy trust. Trinity Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) brings high standards, expertise and our core values, together with the right resources and goals to ensure our students make the same excellent progress as at other MAT schools
Trinity Sixth Form Academy
With brand new state-of-the-art premises in the heart of Halifax town centre, this outstanding sixth form provides students with the environment, resources and staff for the finest quality teaching and learning. A positive mix of challenge, pressure and effective support helps them become successful learners, ready for adult choices, study and work.
Trinity Academy Akroydon
Akroydon was the first primary school to join Trinity MAT. Catering for children from nursery age to 10, the school’s results were poor and it needed a new direction.
Akroydon became part of the Trust in 2017 and, inspired by the Trust’s vision and approach, the hard work soon brought results. In 2019, Akroydon Primary Academy was named as Calderdale’s Most Improved School. From January 2021 the school name changed to Trinity Academy Akroydon to be in line with other MAT schools.
Trinity Academy St Chad’s
The second primary school member of the Trinity family, St Chad’s joined the Trust in 2019. The Academy’s strong Christian ethos is focused on providing outstanding education and care that supports every child, no matter what their faith.
Find out more about Trinity Academy St Chad’s
Trinity Academy St Peter's
The latest primary school member of the Trinity family, St Peter’s joined the Trust in September 2020, starting from nursery through to Year 6.
In addition to its schools, Trinity MAT has developed three other leading organisations:
Trinity Institute of Education
Trinity Institute of Education (TIE) trains new teachers and supports schools across the region with direct support and training of the highest quality.
White Rose Maths
White Rose Maths is a not-for-profit company created at Trinity Academy Halifax. White Rose Maths leads and supports over 4,000 schools in the UK and worldwide in ‘maths mastery’, an approach that is changing the way that children learn and understand maths. Visit any Trinity Trust school, and you’ll find that students feel confident about maths and enjoy being mathematicians!
West Yorkshire Maths Hub
West Yorkshire Maths Hub is a government-funded organisation which aims to raise standards in maths by training teachers to teach for maths mastery