New Trinity Academy in north Bristol opens to hundreds of pupils

By Conor Gogarty

More than 400 pupils have started studies at a new secondary school site in Lockleaze.

Trinity Academy first opened in temporary buildings at Stoke Park Primary School in September 2019, helping to meet a desperate demand for secondary school places in Bristol.

Construction of the secondary free school's £25million permanent home, on Romney Avenue, started in 2019 — and all of Trinity's 420 pupils were able to start their terms at the site this week, following completion of the building work.

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The school has three groups of children — years seven, eight and nine — but will expand to include higher age groups, including a sixth form. Trinity expects to add one new group each year and to meet the capacity of 1,220 pupils by September 2025.

The need for schooling in Lockleaze is set to drastically increase in the coming years. The 278-home Romney House proposals approved last week are among a host of housing developments planned for the suburb, including 140 homes at Dovercourt Road and 188 at Bonnington Walk.

Cathedral Schools Trust, which runs Trinity Academy, said: "The school has been in temporary accommodation since it opened in 2019 and will now benefit from a brand new building reflecting the school’s specialism in music and the performing arts.

"The state-of-the art facilities include a magnificent 570 seater concert hall, fully equipped with professional sound and lighting systems and demountable staging, as well as a recital room, dance and drama studios, and music practice rooms. In addition the school has a large indoor sports hall and all weather sports pitches on the site.

"The new school building will create a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits, not just for students but also for Lockleaze and for the wider community. The school’s aim is for the site to be used extensively by local, regional and national arts organisations, musical ensembles and sports clubs.

"The school has been heavily oversubscribed since opening and will continue to grow year-on-year with an eventual capacity of 1,220 students — 180 students per year group as well as a sixth form provision."

Open events will be held on September 15 and 22, for prospective pupils and their families to see the new building, which is on a shared campus with Stoke Park school — a feeder for the secondary.

Trinity Academy headteacher Eiron Bailey said: “Our students receive an outstanding education at Trinity Academy and now we have access to this beautifully designed and stunningly equipped new building, we know we can deliver our mission of providing a world-class school for the families of north Bristol.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, added: “The opening of the new Trinity Academy school building is great news and a wonderful start to the new school year for its pupils and their families, as well as for the local community who will be able to enjoy the new sports and arts facilities.

"The completion of this project is part of our ongoing strategy to address the need for more secondary school places across the city. We will continue to work with our schools and partners to ensure that every child has a school place.”

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