Where will the school be located?

The new school will be built on land adjoining the Stoke Park Primary School site, located on Romney Avenue in north Bristol. 

When will the school open?

The school will start taking Year 7 pupils from September 2019 onwards. We have been given approval from the Department for Education to open in temporary accommodation for the first year while the building work is completed. The plan is for this work to be completed by September 2020 when staff and students will move into a brand new building and campus on the Stoke Park site.

Where will the temporary site be located?

We are waiting for final agreement on the temporary site location from the Department for Education but it will be in north Bristol and near to the permanent site. Once the site is confirmed we will publish further information on this website.

How do I apply to the new school for my child?

Applications will be considered according to our admissions criteria which will be published in time for applications for entry in September 2019.  To see a copy of the proposed draft admission arrangements for CST Trinity Academy, please click here

When can I find out more about admissions and how to apply?

To see a copy of the proposed draft admission arrangements for CST Trinity Academy, please click here.  We will publish the final admission arrangements for Year 7 entry in September 2019 in the Bristol City Council admissions brochure when applications open in September 2018.

How do I find out more about the new school?

You can register an interest HERE and you will be kept informed via an email newsletter of key events and dates. We will be running a full consultation on the new school and organising open evenings and events in the summer and early autumn 2018.

Why are Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) opening a new school?

The need for secondary school places in Bristol is becoming increasingly critical  - we know that by 2022 there will be a shortage of 683 places (just over 22 forms of entry) in Year 7 across the city and that there is a particular need in the North of the city with an estimated shortage of over 300 places by 2022. There are 3 new secondary schools planned as well as expansions to existing secondary schools. CST is committed to working in partnership with the local authority and other educational leaders across the city to provide a new school for Bristol that creates the required places and increases parental choice.

Who will CST work with to open the school?

The trust is already working closely with Bristol City Council and Stoke Park Primary School. We will continue to forge partnerships with other local organisations as well as prospective parents and students

Will it cost to send children to Trinity Academy?

No, we believe education should be free and inclusive for all.

Will the school be religious?

No. Our school is not a designated faith school. Our admissions policy and our school culture will welcome children from any background, reflecting the many faiths, nationalities and ethnicities of Bristol. The ethos and vision for Cathedral Schools Trust is to deliver education that encourages young people to be imaginative, knowledgeable, hopeful and equipped to make significant decisions. Our core values are derived from Christian teachings and the trust welcomes children of all faiths and none.

Will your teachers be qualified?

We will have high standards for our teaching staff and they will all be suitably qualified, as is currently the case in all schools that are part of Cathedral Schools Trust. Our specialists will be highly qualified in their area of expertise. It is incredibly important to us that we attract and keep good teachers and hire people with the right skills, for example science specialists with a background in higher education or coaches from local sports clubs.

I am a teacher interested in working at the new school, how do I find out more?

We will be advertising key positions in due course on the trust website at http://www.cathedralschoolstrust.org/employment-opportunities/ or alternatively follow-us on twitter @CST_Schools

Who will make up the Local Governing Body of the new school?

We are in the process of establishing a governing body for the school which will be chaired by Merlyn Ipinson-Fleming, currently Vice Chair of Cathedral Schools Trust. Further information will be updated on the school website in due course.  

What 'freedoms' do free schools have? Can they do whatever they want?

Free schools answer directly to the Department for Education and have some beneficial freedoms – such as managing their own school day and term dates, offering a balanced and innovative curriculum alongside core subjects, and being able to manage their own recruitment process to hire the best staff. All free schools must be not-for-profit, are inspected by Ofsted and students sit public examinations such as GCSEs, just the same as any state school.