Prospectus

PDF Icon Download Hearing Impaired Units Brochure

Mission Statement

Holy Trinity is committed to providing to all pupils, particularly the more vulnerable, the highest level of pastoral care in a safe, caring and attractive learning environment.  The school holds all pupils in the highest esteem and considers it essential that all play a full and integrated part in the life of the school.

The school believes in the holistic development of the child to his/her potential.  It will provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum.  Holy Trinity is committed to having high expectations for academic achievement, good conduct, sport and the creative arts.  The school has identified extra curricular activities suited to the interests of all pupils as being of particular value in the life of the school.

The school will seek to promote attitudes and values according to the Catholic tradition in harmony with the school chaplain.  The school will endeavour to foster personal and collective integrity, among staff, pupils and in all aspects of the work of the school.

Holy Trinity regards our parents as valued and respected educational partners who are made to feel welcome at the school.  The school will provide regular feedback to parents on the progress of pupils and, offer to them any other relevant pastoral guidance.  The school places considerable importance upon its links with the parish – especially with regard to sacramental preparation, The Mass and communications in the parish bulletin.  Holy Trinity is proud of its cross community links through the EMU programme and its links to feeder, second level schools and outside agencies.

Policy for Enrolment in Holy Trinity Primary School

Holy Trinity Primary School strives to achieve, and is proud to maintain, a strong ethos of excellence in all of those areas which a modern and forward-thinking school needs to embrace, including the key areas of pastoral care, academic achievement and sporting prowess.

Holy Trinity Primary School occupies a prestigious site on the edge of Holy Trinity parish, nestling under the Black Mountain and enjoying a panoramic view of Belfast.  In addition to our rolling lawns we have four all-weather playgrounds and two modern gymnasia.  Our pupils have access to the sporting facilities of the GAA club which abuts the school premises, Gortnamona GAC. The school is equipped with a computer suite, up-to-date technology, including an interactive whiteboard in every classroom, a sensory garden and two well-stocked libraries.

It is our policy as a Catholic school, with a highly committed and talented staff, to promote Christian values and attitudes and to help each child to develop and to achieve his or her spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical potential.

We regard our parents as partners and seek to involve them closely in their children’s education. Regular opportunities are provided  to meet the child’s teachers and to become actively involved in the life of the school.  Our recently refurbished parents’ room provides an excellent opportunity to relax, meet other parents and/or participate in one of the wide range of parents’ courses that we provide.

Parents who choose Holy Trinity Primary School will select a school with an enviable academic record.  We are committed to developing  each child to his or her potential through provision of the Revised Curriculum. The school places a strong emphasis on Maths, English and ICT and a rigorous system of monitoring and evaluation has been embedded. We value Music highly. Our pupils also receive tuition from the City of Belfast School of Music and are encouraged to perform regularly in public.

The school provides a wide range of after school clubs, including Camogie, ICT, Cookery, Italian, Play, French, Science, Tin Whistle, Guitar, Football, Hurling, Art, Needlecraft, Drama, Games,  Brass, Basketball, Irish, Hip Hop and Homework.  We provide an annual school concert and  Sports Day.

In addition to our mainstream classes Holy Trinity Primary School has a Nuture Unit, a Centre for children with hearing impairment , four LSC  Classes (Learning Support Classes) for children with Moderate Learning Difficulties.  The school is well placed to meet the needs of your child in the modern world.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA FOR ENTRY OF PUPILS IN SEPTEMBER 2018

Preference will be given to applications submitted to the school on or before the closing date in any year as specified by the Belfast Education and Library Board.

The Board of Governors has drawn up the school’s admissions criteria and has delegated to the Principal its function and responsibilities in relation to the application of the criteria and the admission of pupils to the school.

Priority will be given to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of their proposed admission.

The following  criteria will be applied by the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity School in selecting children to Primary 1 in descending order of priority:

1)      Children of compulsory school age (born between 2nd July 2013 and 1st July 2014) who normally reside in the parish of Holy Trinity.

2)      Children whose parent / guardian is presently a permanent member of the school teaching / ancillary / auxiliary staff.

3)      Children who have brothers/sisters, half-brothers/half-sisters and/ or other children living permanently at the same address presently enrolled in the school. (Indicate name and year group)

4)      Children whose parent/guardian, brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister are prior pupils of the school.( Indicate name and dates of attendance)

5)      Children of compulsory school age from other areas.

If over-subscribed in any one of the above criteria, taken in order, final selection will be on the basis of the closeness of the child’s permanent home address  to the centre of the school as measured by a straight line using the computer generated Ordnance Survey Map.

In the event of two or more children’s permanent residence being measured equal distance for the final place, children will be selected by age with the oldest being selected first.

Should a vacancy arise after   April 2018, all applications for admission to P1, that were initially refused, new applications, late applications and applications where new information has been provided will be treated equally and the published criteria applied.

The school will contact you in writing if your child gains a place in the school by this method.

Your child’s name will be automatically added to the list. Please contact the school if you wish for your child’s name to be removed from the list.

When considering which children should be selected for admission, the Board of Governors will only take into account information which is detailed on, or attached to the application form. Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it. Examples of such information include whether the child is the eldest child/has brothers or sisters attending the school.

The Statutory limit for Primary 1 is 30 pupils per class.

Duty to Verify

The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any Application Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by the school can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Application Form.

NOTES:

  1. After 1 September 2018 and during the 2018/2019 school year the above criteria will be applied:
    • to fill a vacancy arising within the school’s admissions number.
    • when children are seeking admission at Primary 2 to Primary 7 (inclusive) stages.

Further information

The Board of Governors of Holy Trinity Primary School trusts that parents will be assisted in relation to enrolment matters as set out in the policy and that furthermore, the Board of Governors and Principal will be happy to clarify any further matters arising from the policy.

WAITING LIST POLICY

When considering which children should be selected for admission in the academic year 2018/2019, the Board of Governors/Management Committee will only take into account information which is detailed on or attached to the application form.  Parents should therefore ensure that all information pertaining to their child and relevant to the school’s admission criteria is stated on the application form or attached to it.

 Examples of such information include

* child whose parent / guardian is presently a permanent member of the teaching / ancillary / auxiliary staff.

 

 * whether the child has a brother/sisters(half-brother/half-sister) presently    enrolled in the school.

and

* child whose parent/guardian, brother/sister, (half-brother/half-sister) are prior pupils of the school.

 OFFER YOUR CHILD A BETTER FUTURE IN HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Holy Trinity School is a Catholic school committed to providing to all pupils the highest level of pastoral care in a safe, caring, well equipped and attractive learning environment. We believe in the holistic development of the child to his/her full potential and provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. Holy Trinity is committed to having high expectations for academic achievement, good conduct, sport and creative arts. We provide a wide range of extra curricular activities such as sports (hurling, gaelic football, cross country running) computers, art, music (brass, guitar, tin whistle, recorder and choir) languages (Irish, German and French) as well as a flourishing homework club. We also provide an after school club for P1-P3 children who have an older sibling in the school We regard our parents as valued and respected educational partners who are made to feel welcome at the school and provide them with regular feedback on their children’s progress.

Application forms for the September 2018 P1 intake are available from the school office.

Closing date for these applications is 12 noon on   10th  January 2018.