Dixons Trinity Academy
Bradford, United Kingdom
About Dixons Trinity Academy
Dixons Trinity Academy opened with 112 Y 7 students on 4th September 2012 and has now risen to its full capacity of 560 students (Y7-11).
In January 2014, we became the first secondary free school to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted.
At Trinity, we have tried to take the best ideas from academies, schools, the independent sector and abroad. No individual element of our practice is revolutionary. Others have said that it is the way in which ideas have been combined and embedded with rigour and simplicity that has allowed us to make such a strong start. We don’t believe in off-the-shelf strategies or practices; there is no silver bullet. It is really about being values driven, having clear vision, focusing relentlessly on results, operating strict routines, doing the simple things well every day, and building strong relationships at all levels.
“The academy ensured that all students succeeded at university, thrived in a top job and had a great life.”
In order to achieve our mission, we focus on three key drivers: Mastery, which is the drive to get better at things that matter; Autonomy, or the drive to direct our own lives; and Purpose, which is the drive to connect to a cause larger than ourselves.
Our practice is thoroughly rooted in this approach and in the following three core values:
1. Hard Work
We never give up. We remain positive so that we have the strength to persevere with even the hardest work. We do what it takes for as long as it takes.
We are honest. We do what we say we’ll do and do not make excuses. We are loyal and have the courage to do the right thing.
We play by the rules. We are respectful, polite and courteous at all times. We don’t take advantage of others and helping a member of our team is helping ourselves.
At Trinity, we have created an impressive culture of success through the operation of strict routines and protocols, an unwavering focus on results, and by offering the very best teaching and support. Students learn, behave and are well mannered. Teachers teach with skill and rigour showing great courtesy. Staff and students enjoy what they do together.
In our achievement-oriented culture, it is cool to be smart, and all students work hard to climb the mountain to university or a real alternative.