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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. 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. The foundation stone was laid on 3 December 1866 by His Grace The Duke of Devonshire K.C. and sits proudly at the front of the main school entrance.
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.
More than a century later, the first girls joined in the mid-1970s and by 1992 the school was fully co-educational. Pupils and staff, past and present, and friends of the school have helped shape our school into what it has become today; a place where high quality education and academic achievement are celebrated alongside the creative and sporting endeavours of our pupils.
As we approach our 150th year, Trent now has a community of more than 1,300 pupils.
Trent College and junior school, The Elms, are dynamic, forward-thinking schools. Young people aged six months to 18 years are integrated into vibrant communities in which they are nurtured to thrive in our increasingly complex world. Realising their full academic potential is celebrated alongside engagement in activities that build a sense of purpose, confidence, resilience, emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.
Please visit our dedicated 150th Events page for all booking information.