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Pupil Care

The pastoral system at Trent is designed to provide the highest quality of care to every individual. At the heart of our Pastoral Care is 'respect'; we expect our pupils to have self-respect, to respect their environment, respect everyone within our community and to respect their school. All staff have high expectations of pupils at all times and always treat pupils with respect. This helps cultivate excellent relationships; a feature of Trent College life of which we are extremely proud. Directly supporting our core values, our pastoral care nurtures the academic ability, the emotional resilience, confidence and integrity of every individual and enables them to fully benefit from their time at Trent, so they are prepared for a full, successful and purposeful role in the wider community.

We operate a 'two tier school'; Senior School (Years 7 – 11) and the Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13). This system is designed around the needs of the specific year groups and helps nurture relationships both within and across year groups. We recognize the importance of making the transition from Primary School into Secondary School a smooth one. We go to great lengths to ensure all our new Year 7 pupils feel welcomed, valued and proud to be a Trent College pupil. A safe environment for all new pupils is established to ensure that our new students have a caring and structured introduction to Trent. For the first year of their secondary education, Year 7 pupils are based together in an area of school which provides a secure, structured environment in which our girls and boys grow in maturity and confidence.

  •   Senior School (Years 7 - 11)
    • Pupils in Years 7 to 11 join one of five Houses - Cavendish, Kemp, Hanbury, Owen or Wright. Each House is run by the Day House Master and a team of House Year Group Tutors. The relationship between Tutor and Tutee is of crucial importance and is the foundation of the excellent pastoral care we provide. Pupils turn to their Tutor for advice and support on academic matters, overall workload and personal issues.
      In the Senior School pupils are encouraged to discover and build on their strengths by their involvement in a wide range of activities. The change in our pupils during these years is extraordinary and rapid: boys and girls, who enter the school as children, leave on the cusp of adulthood at the end of Year 11 with a sense of accomplishment, self-awareness and maturity.

      Mr Graeme Wright - Head of Senior School

      Please read the Senior School Handbook.

  •   Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13)
    • The Trent College Sixth Form is a vibrant hub within our school, where enthusiastic and talented 16 to 18 year olds have the opportunity to fully develop into young adults: taking responsibility for their own learning, growing in confidence and key skills, relishing challenges and opportunities.

      The Sixth Form is an exciting place where staff, parents and the students themselves watch in amazement as they grow and mature by rising up to meet the new challenges and opportunities that this stage of their education provides. We welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds into the tier: as well as the majority of past Trent Year 11 pupils, students from local and national independent and state sector schools combine with international students from over 15 different nations to create an exciting new mix. What all students have in common is the determination to both make the most of every opportunity, as well as the ambition to become the very best they can.

      Our students flourish in an environment of challenge, encouragement and possibility. Tutor groups are ‘vertically’ organised, with students from both years forming each group and enabling peer mentoring and learning at every stage of the Sixth Form journey.

      Our Sixth Form provides an excellent opportunity for personal development and is an ideal bridge from school life to the wider world of university and employment.

      Ms Matthews
      - Head of Sixth Form