Welcome to Holy Trinity

Headteacher Welcome

On behalf of all the children, staff, and governors I would like to warmly welcome you to Holy Trinity C.E Primary School, Gravesend. We hope you will find this website useful for finding out information but also for sharing in some of our events and special moments at our very special school.

Our theologically rooted vision is our navigational compass:

‘Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path,’

Psalm 119:105

We are proud to be an inclusive Christian school, with strong links to three parish churches of St. George’s, Christchurch and St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s. As a church School we aim to serve our wonderfully diverse community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values to our pupils through all aspects of the curriculum and school life.

At Holy Trinity CE Primary School, we seek to grow enlightened, curious, responsible, and confident learners within a respectful, loving, and honest community, and do so by working in close, committed collaboration with our families, Diocese of Rochester, Aletheia Trust and beyond.

Our Aims:

1. To value all God’s children by providing a safe, caring, and inclusive environment, prioritising our efforts to keep them safe from harm.

2. To meet the academic and spiritual needs of pupils through, high expectations, a rich and relevant curriculum (based on the best that has been thought and said) which enables every individual regardless of ability to achieve their full potential and flourish.

3. To equip learners with transferable skills developing creative, imaginative and enthusiastic thinkers. Pupils will use their initiative, build confidence, resilience, and independence, promoting a ‘can do’ attitude and a desire for life-long learning.

4. To ensure children respect themselves and others, treating everyone fairly with an understanding of their individuality regardless of race, religion, gender, disability, sexuality, or social background.

5. To promote responsibility for our actions and behaviour choices; seeking forgiveness and understanding through social and moral development and achieving a culture of excellence.

6. To develop an understanding of deprivation and disadvantage locally, nationally, and globally enabling them to become responsible, valued and contributing citizens, and who can use their voice and will for the purpose of good – for all their God given life.

7. To inspire personal and spiritual growth through high quality worship and reflection.

In essence, we are:

Guided by the light of Christ in all we do; we enable all to flourish and live life in all its fullness.  We celebrate our diversity; find strength in our differences, empower, and encourage all to have a voice so we can ‘shine as beacons of light and hope in our community.

If you would like to visit our school to see our strong Christian and family ethos for yourself, please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Mrs P Gough, Headteacher

About Mrs Gough

Mrs Gough is a very experienced educationalist of nearly 30 years, and has primarily taught in schools in Essex and East London. In September 2022, she joined the Aletheia Trust and ventured across the water to Kent, to undertake the role of Headteacher at Holy Trinity CE Primary School, of which she is very proud.

Across her career, Mrs Gough has taught all age groups from Nursery through to Secondary A Level, with her main subject being English Literature and Language. She has a particular love of the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and many of the stories of Charles Dickens – in particular A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Mrs Gough has loved reading from a very young age and is an advocate for local libraries and reading groups. She likes the works of contemporary writers for children such as Louis Sachar, Michael Morpurgo, Siobhan Dowd, Oliver Jeffers, Anthony Browne to name a few. However, her first love is poetry which she believes started from learning Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as a very small child. Her favourite poet at the moment is Joseph Coelho but Mayo Angelou and John Agard are also strong favourites.

Mrs Gough loves going to the theatre – especially open-air theatres. She also likes going for long walks in the countryside with her family and travelling to sunnier climates whenever she can. Mrs Gough adores cats – especially the breed Birman because they are very fluffy and intelligent.

About Holy Trinity

The school has a significant history in the town of Gravesend as it was founded in 1865, and despite being burnt to the ground in 1962 and temporarily rehoused at the former Milton Barracks in 1963, the school continues to grow in distinction at its current site in Trinity Road, where it has been since 1978.

At the time of its re-opening, the school accommodated 260 ‘Junior’ aged pupils. We now have an energetic and highly motivated population of over 450 children on roll, aged 3-11. We include alumni of the school as members of our large staff body and parents who are also former pupils, who choose to bring their own children to the school they remember so fondly.  For a variety of reasons, and not least because of the compassionate nature of the school community as a whole, it is unsurprising that Holy Trinity C E Primary School is oversubscribed in many of its year groups.

To further expand pupils’ experiences, we take advantage of enrichment opportunities provided by the wealth of sporting and cultural organisations and institutions that the South East and London have to offer, and also invite a variety of specialists and visitors to the school to provide stimulating curriculum-based workshops and events.

We are a part of Aletheia Academies Trust. Our school promotes a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. Each pupil’s self-esteem is fostered by positive relationships with staff and effective communication with parents. We strive to include our parents, teachers, governors and community to ensure strong liaisons with the community

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