Trinity School


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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Boys with co-ed Sixth Form
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 910 (Boys) 85 (Girls)
  • Age Range: Boys: 10-18 years. Girls: 16-18 years
  • Founded: 1596

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr A J S Kennedy MA (Cantab)

Trinity School
Shirley Park

[t]: 020 8656 9541

Location Description

Trinity School is situated to the east of Croydon, surrounded by sports fields and adjacent to the Green Belt.

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School News

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The School was delighted to announce that Eliott has received the coveted award, donated by Steinway and awarded in collaboration with the Royal College of

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Eliott has been playing the piano for nine years. Learning from his experiences when participating in the competition last year, Eliott spent the last year maturing his method of practice and performance, which has led to his success this year.

On receiving the award, Eliott said: “When I found out I couldn’t quite believe it – I was in shock. There are no words to describe the feeling, it’s amazing and a real privilege. I’m looking forward to experiencing what it would be like to be a professional concert pianist.”

Richard Evans, Director of Piano at Trinity, said: “I’m delighted for Eliott. He’s a tremendous talent with a big future for sure. His progress over the past couple of years has been very exciting and he now plays with such poise, confidence and assurance for somebody so young.”

Head of Piano at the Royal College of Music, Professor Vanessa Latarche, said: “Eliott’s audition was exemplary. His playing is already mature for somebody so young and he has real intensity and commitment too. I’m really looking forward to working with him this year, he’s a very talented pianist with amazing potential.”

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Trinity has been named as one of the Top 100 cricket schools in the country by The Cricketer magazine.

Out of 250 submissions this year, Trinity

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has been named in the Top 100 for the third year running. This accolade follows another successful season for Trinity’s cricketers, where over 260 pupils took part in the sport and both the School’s U13 and U14 teams were crowned County Champions.

Trinity’s Head of Cricket, Richard Risebro, said: “I’m so pleased for all involved in Cricket at Trinity. These accolades don’t just happen and I attribute our success to the hard work, determination and resilience of all the staff and pupils at Trinity School. This is a great platform to keep developing talented cricketers and we’re all excited about what the future holds.”

Pictured: The U13 Cricket Champions with their trophy.

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Students at Trinity School, Croydon had cause for celebration today when received their GCSE results.

57% of grades awarded were A*s, and 87% of grades were

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A* or A, both results almost reaching the school’s best, set last year. 98% of grades were A*, A or B.

Out of 127 candidates, particular congratulations go to the 55 students who achieved 7 A*s or better, and the 16 students who got A*s in all their GCSE subjects.

Alasdair Kennedy, Trinity’s Headmaster, said: “Many congratulations to our GCSE cohort of 2017. Their hard work, and that of their teachers, has been rewarded with a very impressive set of results. They have managed to achieve this while maintaining a significant commitment to their wider interests and to the school community, and all of this together means that they can move on to the next stage of their education with great confidence.”

Angus Harrington was one of Trinity’s star performers, achieving an outstanding 10 A*s. He said: “I feel really happy – our teachers have been great and the hard work has really paid off!”

One happy parent commented: “The results have exceeded our expectations – we’re ecstatic!” and another said: “The boys have had great support from the school and amazing teachers. They’ve worked so hard and really encouraged each other – we’re so happy.”

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Pupils from Trinity School, Croydon, had reason to celebrate as A Level results were published across the country.

91% of grades were A*, A or B,

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an improvement on last year, and 25% of entries were awarded A*, the second best result for the School since A*s were introduced in 2010. 50 students achieved three A grades or better, and 9 students achieved three A*grades or better, out of 141 candidates. Overall, the School achieved a 100% pass rate for the ninth year in row.

Many pupils have secured places at some of the country’s top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, LSE, Durham, Bristol and Southampton. Some pupils also secured scholarships at some of the top universities in America.

Alasdair Kennedy, the School’s Headmaster, said: “In a year of significant changes to A Level examinations, I am delighted that Trinity students have achieved the second best set of results overall in the last nine years. With the support of their teachers, friends and families, this group of students worked hard, and they deserve this success. The vast majority of our leavers will now move to their chosen universities or colleges, and we hope they will continue to thrive in the next stage of their education”.

Among the success stories were Owen Finnie, who achieved a fantastic 4 A*s and secured a place at Cambridge to study Natural Science. He said: “I’m so happy – the exams were tough so it’s a very big relief!”

Head Boy, Joe Rooke, who is also off to Cambridge to study History, said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet; this is a culmination of two years hard work and it feels like it’s really been worth it.”

Kate Clancy and Stephanie Mitchell were both delighted to secure their places at Edinburgh and Birmingham respectively. Kate said “I’m so surprised but really happy – I’m really looking forward to what’s to come!”

Trinity welcomes applications to its Sixth Form from boys and girls. The Sixth Form A Level Choices and Open Evening is on Monday 9 October 2017 by appointment only. Please contact Ms Sandra Redican to book your place on 020 656 9541 or Please register by Monday 2 October 2017.

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Trinity School’s U14 cricket team won the U14 Surrey Cup after a resounding victory against RGS Guildford.

Despite the weather conditions, the team demonstrated an expertly

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disciplined bowling and fielding performance throughout the closely-fought match.

Some great spells in the middle of the innings saw Trinity picking up regular wickets, keeping RGS Guildford down to a score of 100 for 8 in their 25 overs.

Trinity batted with great maturity and, after losing an early wicket, managed to rebuild the innings to win the match by 9 wickets and with 4 overs to spare.

Trinity coach, Grant Beresford-Miller, was delighted with the performance and paid tribute to the boys after their victory: “The boys fully deserve their victory this year. They are a great bunch of boys who truly enjoy their cricket and have massively improved as a group this year. They all work really hard for each other and put in a great performance in the final – I’m really pleased for them.”

Head of Cricket, Richard Risebro, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and shows that hard work pays off. We took the boys to South Africa in preparation for this tournament and the valuable experience of playing in different conditions, against different opposition, was invaluable. They play an exciting brand of positive cricket with no fear and fully deserve this result.”


Pictured: U14 Surrey Cup Champions with their coaches.

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Over 850 members of the Trinity School community celebrated the end of another school year at the Trinity Proms last weekend.

Governors, parents, staff, pupils, friends

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and neighbours gathered on the School field and picnicked whilst listening to live music provided by its talented pupils, including Trinity’s Big Band, their Jazz Octet, and Trinity Musician of the Year Joe Mackley.

The evening also featured West End stars George Maguire (Olivier Award Winner, Sunny Afternoon) and Rachael Wooding (We Will Rock You; The Jersey Boys; Cats), alongside Adam Sopp (Casualty; Lucky Man; Father Brown) and guest dancers Dean Williamson (Coronation Street) and Anna Skye (Darling Buds of May).

The fabulous sum of £9,000, raised by the Trinity Parents’ Association (TPA), was donated to The Breck Foundation, which works to raise awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet, and a cheque for £5,000 was given to the school’s Malawi Project in partnership with Hope4Malawi.

The evening also marked the end of Trinity Parent Phoebe Benedict’s tenure as the event’s artistic manager.

The Trinity Proms fireworks at the end of the evening brought to a close another amazing year at the School.

Nicola Wyllie, Chair of the Trinity Parents’ Association, said: “The Trinity Proms is always such a special event bringing the entire Trinity community together to celebrate the school year, and this year was no exception. The sun shone and it was wonderful see young and old enjoying the music, dancing and being amazed by the fireworks.”

A Trinity student also commented: “It’s been such a brilliant evening with wonderful music and fantastic fireworks – a great way to round off the year!”


Pictured:  Trinity School’s Jazz Octet

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Trinity Triathlon named ‘Children’s Event of the Year’ and ‘London Region Children’s Event of the Year’ by Triathlon England

The Trinity Triathlon has been nationally recognised

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by Triathlon England as ‘Children’s Event of the Year’. The event has also been awarded ‘London Region’s Children’s Event of the Year’ for the second consecutive year.

Hosted annually by Trinity School, Croydon, and with the help of local club Crystal Palace Triathletes, Trinity Triathlon was established in 2011 in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Now in its seventh year, the event has become a real community occasion with just under 500 competitors aged 8-19 competing, making it one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Tim Deakin, Event Organiser, said: “this is a wonderful accolade and we are delighted that the event has been recognised both nationally and within London. We’ve seen the Trinity Triathlon go from strength to strength over the years, and these awards are a testament to all the hard work and dedication of our volunteer marshals – so thank you to them”.

Over 100 volunteers from both the School community and Crystal Palace Triathletes are drafted in on the day to ensure the triathlon’s success. The School also liaises closely with Transport for London who allow  the closure of over one mile of Addiscombe Road.

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If you have yet to go and see J.K. Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter, when you do listen out for local voices. The box office

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hit ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ features singers from Trinity School, Croydon.

Written by J. K. Rowling, inspired by her book of the same name, and directed by David Yates, the film has a star-studded cast including Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterson. The score was composed by renowned American composer James Newton Howard, who invited the Trinity Boys’ Choir to be a part of the film.

Unlike many of the other film recordings the choir have done, being involved in this film meant that the boys had to keep their involvement top secret until its worldwide release in cinemas last week.

David Swinson, Director of Music at Trinity, said: “there’s a massive educational value to taking part in film recordings such as this – it’s a three hour recording session, where the boys really have to concentrate and focus. They are taking part in a professional, grown-up world and it was a brilliant learning experience for them.”


Photo – Trinity Boys’ Choir at Air Studios pictured with James Newton Howard, having just finished the Fantastic Beasts recording session.

Trinity School, Croydon, has been ranked in the top 50 independent secondary schools in the Sunday Times Parent Power guide 2016, making it the top

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ranked independent school in Croydon.

Based on the excellent examination results of summer, where over 90% of A-Level results were awarded A*-B, and 89% of GCSEs were at A*-A, this year’s ranking at number 44 sees the school move up the table from 67 in 2015.

Trinity’s Headmaster, Alasdair Kennedy, said: “We are delighted with the exam success of our pupils, testament to their energy and ambition – and that of their teachers – and the support of their parents. That is what this ranking represents, but it is only one part of what is important to us however; we are as concerned about the type of young people they become, their intellectual curiosity and experiences, as well as their wider interests and contribution.“

This year the 24th Sunday Times Parent Power guide published tables for more than 500 of the highest-achieving secondary schools across the independent and state sector. Ranking is based on 2016 examination results with A*-B grades at A-Level double-weighted. The full results of the Parent Power survey are available online at

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Henry Weiser (aged 13), a pupil at Trinity School, Croydon, has received a Jack Petchey Award for his outstanding contribution to charity fundraising, alongside a

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fellow scout from the 1st Crystal Palace Scout Group.

Henry and David Blawat chose to support the Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) charity in The Gambia. The charity provides education, health care and skills training for the local community in Madina Salaam. They had a target of £5,000 to raise over twelve months.

Over nine months the scouts organised a number of fundraising activities including washing golf clubs, packing supermarket bags and a sponsored bike ride. Together with sponsorship and gift aid they exceeded their target, raising a fantastic £9,000 for the charity.

With their contribution the charity can feed all 350 WYCE school children with a hot meal for the next two years. The money will also go towards supporting the visitor lodge, bicycle repair workshop and clinic, and will kit out 30 Gambian scouts with uniforms and basic equipment, allowing them to broaden their scouting skills.

On winning the award, Henry said: “I feel really happy to have received the award. Going to The Gambia was a life-changing experience and I’m proud that the money raised will be making a difference to the community there. I’m looking forward to returning in 2018.”

Henry was presented with his award at a ceremony in London in November 2016.

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A small number of British school children, including 15 year‐old Michael Eagling from Trinity School
(Croydon), were welcomed to Number 10 Downing Street at a reception

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honouring the achievement
of Tim Peake. The British astronaut met Prime Minister Teresa May on Monday 18 July, then spoke
to the group of excited pupils who had taken part in one the many activities set by the UK’s Space

One of these was the Space to Earth Challenge set by Tim Peake which was to run, swim, cycle or
spacehop the 400 km distance from Space to Earth. The fitness challenge focused on helping
students appreciate why exercise had been so important to Tim during his 186 day mission on the
International Space Station, orbiting round the earth at a speed of 25 times the speed of sound.

Year 10 Trinity student Michael Eagling, who is an experienced triathlete, found out about the
challenge via the Triathlon Trust and has covered the entire distance from Space to Earth through his
competitions and leisure activities. He said: “I was honoured to be invited to the Downing Street
reception and proud to represent the Space to Earth Challenge and my sport of Triathlon at the

The fifteen year old had already met Major Peak last month during a prize visit to the European
Astronaut Centre (ESA) in Cologne on July 4th 2016, as the astronaut undertook his post‐flight
rehabilitation. The Trinity pupil along with fellow Space to Earth participants were able to observe
one of his physiotherapy sessions and hear from Tim and his space medicine team about how his
body had changed during flight and how he was working to regain full fitness and in particular his
sense of balance.

Michael shared his Space to Earth challenge on twitter and, at training and events, encouraged
others to take up the challenge. He also ran in the London Mini Marathon at the same time as Tim
Peake was running his marathon in space and supported Team Astronaut who were running the
London Marathon on earth in astronaut suits alongside Tim Peake.

The Space to Earth Challenge team supplied Michael with a life sized cut‐out of Tim Peake, known as
Flat Tim, to help support him in his challenge. Once he had completed his 400km, Michael donated
Flat Tim to the Trinity School Junior Science department who gave the cut‐out astronaut an
enthusiastic reception.

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Trinity School (Croydon) is one of only six schools nationwide to have been shortlisted for an award that recognises outstanding contribution to the sport of

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rugby. The National Rugby Awards are one of the most prestigious in the game, with no other event bringing together all the clubs and players from across the leagues in England. This year’s ceremony will take place at Twickenham on September 1st and Trinity has been invited to attend alongside members of the England team and a number of Premiership players.

Trinity Director of Rugby Aaron Liffchak said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. The whole rugby department has worked incredibly hard over the last few years to turn Trinity into one of the country’s most talked about rugby playing schools. Being nominated for Rugby School of the Year is the icing on the cake.”

It has been an impressive season of achievements for Trinity School’s rugby, host to the

French team during Rugby World Cup 2015. The school year started with the visit of Sir Clive Woodward to coincide with the Webb Ellis Cup Trophy Tour coming to Trinity. England’s World Cup winning coach gave a motivational speech to pupils, parents, staff and guests. He also formally opened Trinity’s brand new Strength and Conditioning Centre, ready to welcome France’s national rugby side.

Hosting ‘Les Bleus’ during RWC 2015 was an unforgettable experience for the whole Trinity community, with the French team offering open training sessions for pupils to attend, one on one coaching sessions and visits of players during assembly and French classes. Now recognized as having world-class facilities, Trinity has since hosted the USA 7s in their build up to the Rio Olympics. Trinity’s U13 team went on to win the national rugby title and the School boasted two England U18 captains, with Gabriel Ibitoye captaining the England U18 side and with Charlie Fatoma given the opportunity to captain the England U18 Counties team.

PHOTOS: Trinity U13 win National Rugby Title (April 2016)

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A talented cast of 30 Trinity pupils assisted by an efficient fellow-student production crew put on Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s “The

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Scarecrow and his Servant”. The pupils aged 10-15 years performed the witty and fast paced play at Trinity’s Mitre Theatre to an enthusiastic audience last 23rd, 24th and 25th June. 

The show was part of Trinity’s 2016 Arts Festival and also featured in the Croydon Heritage Festival. The Arts Festival included a Summer Exhibition of art and photography, a film festival, a music recital, a busking lunch and other spoken word events. In total, just over 200 pupils took part in Trinity’s annual celebration of the arts, started in 2015 as part of commemorating 50 years since the school moved to Shirley Park.

Trinity Head of Productions Mr Godfrey, who directed the play and made a large number of the props, said:

“All the pupils, both on stage and backstage, worked incredibly hard bringing the story to life. Particular praise must go to Louis Labrosse (Year 9) who performed the role of the scarecrow with exceptional energy and humour.”

Photo: Trinity pupils Louis Labrosse, aged 14 (Year 9), as the Scarecrow and Ari Yad, aged 12 (Year 8), as his Servant.

A record 1,500 members of the Trinity School community celebrated the end of another school year at the Trinity Proms during which a large cheque

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was presented to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation alongside donations to the Trinity Malawi Project and School bursary fund.

On Saturday 9th July governors, parents, staff, pupils, friends and neighbours gathered on the School field and picnicked whilst listening to live music provided by talented current and former students including a cappella group All The King’s Men, Trinity’s Big Band and Trinity Boys Choir.

In a moving presentation, the fabulous sum of £10,000 raised in 2015-16 by the Trinity Parents’ Association (TPA) was donated to Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs to support the DSM Foundation which they set up after the tragic death of their son Daniel from taking an ecstasy tablet at an illegal rave party.

Fiona Spargo-Mabbs said: We are very grateful to Trinity’s Parent Association for their generous support. We will use these funds to pay for the play we commissioned about Dan’s life to be adapted and prepared to tour around schools with educational workshops, and look forward to bringing it to Trinity next year.”

The event was also an opportunity to thank retiring Headmaster Mark Bishop for his ten years of inspiring leadership of the school. Dulwich College Deputy Head, Alasdair Kennedy takes over the role in September.

Mark Bishop thanked the School community for their support saying: “It has been a privilege to lead Trinity. I would like to thank parents for their support and partnership, and in particular to the TPA for the incredible work they do. I wish my successor Alasdair Kennedy all the very best in the role.”

One Trinity student summed up the feelings of many in the following words: “The Proms were very special this year as we said goodbye to our Headmaster. There was such an amazing atmosphere!”

The Trinity Proms fireworks at the end of the evening brought to a close an amazing year of celebrations to mark 50 years since Trinity’s move to Shirley Park.

Photo: Picnic Scene at Trinity Proms.

Some 500 youngsters aged 8-19 years took part in the Trinity Triathlon. They swam, ran and cycled in, what turned out to be, perfect weather

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conditions last Sunday 3rd July. One of the largest events of its kind in the UK, this sixth Trinity Triathlon has once more attracted a record number of participants.

Set up by Trinity School (Croydon) in the run up to the Olympic Games in 2011 with the support of the Crystal Palace Triathlon Club, Trinity Triathlon has enjoyed growing success. Numbers of entries have grown from 140 in its first year to 500 in 2016.

Rob Brookman from Trinity School, Event Director, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome so many athletes for another successful Trinity Triathlon. The marshalling was outstanding throughout the morning and I want to say a huge thank you to the 100 or more volunteers involved in making the event one of the biggest children’s triathlons in country.”

Triathlon England commented: “Trinity School yet again put on a fantastic triathlon, with the event this morning I think bigger and better than ever before. It is staggering the amount of organisation needed to deliver an event of this magnitude so well, but Jane, Rob, Tim and all the team managed it all to perfection.” 

Many parents of competitors, some seasoned triathletes others complete novices, took the trouble to write in to say how much their children had enjoyed the event: “Thank you again for another great year of Trinity Triathlon. It was a really well organised and enjoyable experience for all our 4 children who raced. Well worth getting up so early for!” (Parent) 

Some key facts about Trinity Triathlon:

  • The event was established as an Olympic legacy event for youth involvement in sport; it was first held in 2011 and then every year since
  • Children aged 8 to 19 can compete, with the 17-19 category a new age group event since 2014
  • For some 50% of competitors the Trinity event is their first ever Triathlon
  • Entries have increased year on year: from 140 in 2011 to 500 in 2016
  • Trinity Triathlon was named Triathlon England Best Children’s Event 2015 and Event of the Year 2013 for the London Region
  • The entire event is run by volunteers and involves cooperation with TFL, Croydon Council, Crystal Palace Triathlon Club and local residents – it is a real community event
  • Trinity Triathlon attracts entries from all over South East England (including GB elite and first time triathletes) and puts Croydon on the map for what has become a major children’s sporting event.

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