Trinity Academy


Trinity Academy Presentation


Trinity Academy – for students from Year 9 – Year 11 wishing to study GCSE’s

Trinity recognises the Importance of the personal, social, and emotional skills programmes in order to support your child in achieving future independence and access to inclusion.

Although often overlooked, emotional sensitivity is a common issue for people on the high end of the autism spectrum, resulting in intense emotional reactions to a range of triggers compared to the rest of us, which are challenging for mainstream provisions to manage and inevitably affect the autistic young person with feelings of failure and negatively feeling different.

Working with your child, the Emotional Wellbeing Team within Trinity will support with a personalised approach to behaviour, emotional resilience, anger management and together they will explore a range of strategies and therapies which can help for life.

Fixation on particular subjects or ideas can be an issue for high functioning autistic learners.  This is not wholly a negative trait, particular interests in subjects or ideas can inspire the young person to great feats of accomplishment.  Therefore, working with these traits in a positive way can support study and preparation for GCSE.  Being within the Trinity Academy, positive fixations will be used to support the teaching and learning.  The key to success will be small classes where the students are known and understood by the teachers, and that the use of a highly personalised educational provision which engages and inspires the student to maintain motivation.

Often students with high functioning autism experience trouble developing deep social relationships, thereby experiencing a limited social circle, problems sharing materials and difficulty completing group work. Social difficulties usually stem from a lack of understanding regarding the appropriate behaviour with peers and can lead to isolation as they present as quirky, different or awkward.  Working with Trinity will enable the student to increase their social circle with friends who struggle in the same way; provide strategies on how to follow terms of social etiquette and opportunities, and through the Personal and Social Development course, develop personal effectiveness within working with others, problem solving, research, communication.  They will be surrounded by professionals who will challenge them to make steps towards increased levels of integration within mainstream society and supported with the emotional wellbeing team, students will be able to experience positive interactions with others outside of the classroom. People with high-functioning autism may have trouble developing with others and many may spend an excessive amount of time talking about themselves, not allowing another person to share a complete thought or response. This makes carrying on a conversation difficult.  Key terms of social etiquette and opportunities to practice this within a range of situations will form part of the educational provision.  Alongside travel training and safety in the community.

Many individuals with autism have sensory difficulties. They may find specific noises, tastes, smells, or feelings intolerable. Noisy public places can lead to emotional distress, as can uncomfortable clothing or unwanted touches. These issues can be disruptive and stressful, but according to research autism symptoms can improve over time as young people learn to regulate their own behaviour through work with professionals.

Students with high-functioning autism are typically devoted to routines and another hallmark is a strong dislike of change. Trinity Academy will provide this highly structured timetable of study for GCSE subjects.  However, as study continues, the work within personal social and development studies will explore how students can approach change, recognising that transitional planning is key to support success.  Supporting the development of strategies with Trinity professionals will improve options for mainstream 6th form colleges and universities in the future.

Ultimately a good balance of GCSE studies and support for the development of social, emotional and life skills will provide your child with the all-round skills and qualifications they need to open doors to the next educational offer.

The GCSE courses available through Trinity Academy include

  1. English Language

  2. English Literature

  3. Mathematics

  4. Science – physics, chemistry and biology

  5. History

  6. Geography

  7. Religion

  8. Psychology

  9. Modern Foreign Language

  10.  Media Studies


GCSE equivalent courses available

  1. Art Bronze, Silver (GCSE equivalents) Gold (A level equivalent)

  2. Information Technology Qualification Level 1 and 2 (GCSE equivalents) Level 3 (A level equivalent)

  3. Personal and social development (ASDAN certificate of personal effectiveness Level 1 and 2)

  4. Employability and Occupational Studies (NCFE)

  5. Mental Health Awareness (NCFE)

Our success will be measured by the achievement of GCSEs, and their ability to join mainstream 6th form or further education colleges once they have completed their GCSEs.  This provision will be open from January 2021,  with a view of offering no more than 10 places in the first instance.  Students from Year 9 to Year 11 can be accepted on the course, with a 2 – 3 year study period being offered to achieve all the academic and social outcomes.

All our normal admissions criteria will still need to be met. If you would like any further information please email Jacqueline Clark at