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With a rich heritage dating back to 1868, Trent College has never lost sight of the traditions and values with which it has carved out such a distinctive reputation.
In 1865 Francis Wright (High Sheriff of Nottingham and Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) set the foundation of Trent College into motion when he proposed to the Midland branch of the Clerical and Lay Association that a number of schools, with Evangelical roots, be founded in the Midlands from the receipt of grants. Trent College was to be the first of these schools - but in fact it was the only school in the area to be founded in this manner.
According to some early records Trent College was “designed as a Boarding School for Boys of the Middle Class; that is, for the sons of farmers and men of business, and of such professional men as are not able to meet the expenses of the great Public Schools” and it was with this aim that in the April of 1868 Trent College welcomed its first 53 pupils into the school.
The first female pupils were welcomed to Trent College as members of the Sixth Form nearly 40 years ago, in 1975. Over 20 years ago, in 1992, Trent became fully co-educational with that year’s new intake of Year 7 pupils.
Over 1000 children each year now benefit from a Trent education, from those in our Nursery and Junior School, The Elms, to our Year 7s and Year 13s in our Senior School and Sixth Form.
Our campus is constantly being improved and developed. In recent years top quality facilities have been a welcome addition, as have significant investments in classrooms and in new technology; changes which benefit the whole school community.
Trent College with The Elms is now a happy and flourishing HMC co-educational, independent day and boarding school. With this growth, our community is ever more diverse and we have welcomed small numbers of high-achieving international students from Europe, Africa and Asia into our boarding houses.
The school has an outstanding academic record (both in “raw results” and in academic value added) but also increasingly has a world-class reputation for sport and delivering a fully rounded education, with music, art and drama all being important elements of a Trent education. We are a school that nurtures young men and women to achieve their personal best, whatever that is. This is what stands at the very core of Trent and The Elms.