INVOLVE and Achieve builds and enhances our students’ interests, skills and talent. There’s something for everyone in our vast range of INVOLVE extra-curricular clubs.
Our INVOLVE programme is a wide ranging series of clubs and activities that take place outside of the timetabled school day. Students have the opportunity to join one or more clubs and can sample many different activities ranging from Sports, Japanese and Trampolining to Film or Pet Club. We believe that students should take interests wider than their subjects and we support and encourage them in discovering new interests and talents.
The ‘Achieve’ element refers to our programme of academic support. All students are automatically enrolled on to sessions, based on helping them to succeed and achieve their full academic potential.
What is Achieve?
At Trinity Academy Halifax we understand the importance of academic rigour, of personalised learning and of utilising every opportunity within the academy day to secure the best outcomes for our students. Staff work incredibly hard to ensure that every student reaches their full potential. The Trinity academy day begins at 8.10am and the day finishes at 2.20pm. However, every student is made aware of the additional hour that they are expected to attend from 2.20pm until 3.20pm. This additional hour is referred to as ‘Achieve’. Students will be invited to Achieve by their subject teacher or the Curriculum Leader. Please note that students who study a Modern Foreign Language will have their Achieve sessions from 3.20pm until 4.20pm. This is due to these students studying one extra GCSE subject.
How are Achieve students identified?
Students in Phase 2 (GCSE and BTEC preparation years) may be expected to attend an Achieve session at the end of the academy day if:
- Their teacher feels that they would benefit from additional tuition due to an incomplete, inadequate or misunderstood piece of classwork or homework.
- Their teacher feels that they would benefit from a master class on a specific topic area.
- Their teacher feels that they would work more productively on a piece of work or on developing their subject knowledge if they were in a study group with access to teacher expertise.
Please note: this is not an exhaustive list, as the needs of our students can change from lesson to lesson.
At Trinity Academy Halifax, our Year 8 students ‘graduate’ at the end of Phase 1. This aims to raise their aspirations, and help make students feel more motivated for their upcoming GCSE studies.
The current Year 8 students will be the first to graduate from Phase 1. At the end of their two year journey, parents will be invited to celebrate their child’s achievements at a memorable ceremony, complete with traditional cap and gown.
There are, however, a few minimum requirements students must meet in order to graduate. These include:
- Excellent behaviour record (minimum of 250 Achievement Points per year)
- Excellent attendance record (minimum average of 96% over the year)
- High attendance at extra-curricular activities (at least 70% attendance in club of their choice)
- Participation in academy public speaking events (minimum of 6 per year)
- Good Attitude to Learning in English, Maths and Science
- Meeting targets in English, Maths, and Science (plus 2 other subjects)
There are different tiers of Graduation, dependent on how many criteria your child meets, ranging from a First Class to a Third.
Naturally, students are regularly updated and advised so they are aware of their progress towards these targets. All students therefore receive a Graduation Journal, so they can check whether they are on track and set targets accordingly. Students who exceed these targets will aim to become part of the elite group of students who graduate with honours.
Graduation targets are explored in more detail at Parental Consultation Evenings, but parents can also discuss these with their child at home before each term begins.
Involve / Graduation Clubs
- Education outside of the classroom is integral to the Trinity Experience, and all phase 1 students will take part in a minimum of one extracurricular Graduation club each week. Attendance at this club will form an integral part of Phase 1 graduation.
- In addition to the ‘graduation’ involve clubs, students are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activities, music, drama and dance classes, handwriting clubs, computer clubs, debating events and film clubs.