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.
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 requirements students must meet in order to graduate. These include:
- Excellent behaviour record (minimum of 250 Achievement Points per year)
- Excellent attendance record (minimum of 96% over the year)
- High attendance at extra-curricular activities (at least 70% attendance in a club of their choice)
- Participation in academy public speaking events (minimum of 6 per year)
- Good attitude to learning in English, maths and science
- Personalised target met on termly Masters of Recall tests
There are different tiers of Graduation, dependent on how many criteria your child meets, ranging from a First Class to a Third.
Students are regularly updated and advised of their progress towards these targets. All students have a Graduation Journal to allow them to check whether they are on track and, if not, set targets accordingly. Students who exceed these targets will aim to become part of the elite group of students who graduate with honours.
As part of our co-curricular provision at Trinity, we invite all students in Year 9 the opportunity to take part in ‘The Trinity Challenge’. This leads on from our Graduation program and is designed to offer students a range of opportunities, enabling them to become resilient learners with a thirst for learning and new experiences. This initiative provides a platform for students to build their character and promote and support health and wellbeing.
Trinity Challenge also supports students in the completion of the DofE Bronze award. Students will be challenged to take part in projects such as supporting local charities, committing to support their local environment and utilising key life-skills such as changing a bed.
Every student that completes 15 challenges will receive the Bronze Trinity Challenge Award and the Skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh award. Students can also achieve Silver for completing 20 awards, and Gold for completing 25 awards.
Students have received a hard copy of the booklet below to assist in completing Trinity Challenge. Please use the electronic copy to assist with completing Trinity Challenge at home. Students are encouraged to collate and email evidence to the relevant contact for each challenge, as stated in the booklet.