Holy Trinity CE Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Holy Trinity CE Primary School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Holy Trinity CE Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Headteacher Lascelles Haughton
Inspiring young musicians
through our extensive music
Headteacher Lascelles Haughton has been at Holy Trinity
CE Primary School since September 2006. The school
celebrates the diversity and cultural richness of Holy
Trinity, serving the Upper Tulse Hill area, near Brixton. The school
has an intake of predominantly black Caribbean and African
pupils, as well as a high contingency of children coming from the
Spanish diaspora. Lascelles tells
The Parliamentary Review
about Holy Trinity and discusses his distinctive ethos of education
and development through geographical awareness.
An appreciation of diversity and cultural richness resonates at every level within the
school. We are proud that this is reflected in our staff team and have worked hard
in employing a cross-section of people that represents our community.
This has been instrumental for inspiring pupils in the school to believe that we can
all be great achievers, irrespective of the factors that make us unique or different.
Our school profile
We focus on instilling a sense of ambition, personal drive and aspiration. This permeates
across every area of the curriculum and school culture. We try to ensure that when
our children come to the end of year 6, they leave ready for secondary school as
competent members of society with the necessary skills to compete with the best.
The local area we serve has a high level of deprivation – as indicated by our 43 per
cent pupil premium, which is significantly above both the borough and national
average – and 41 per cent of pupils have English as an additional language.
»Headteacher: Lascelles
»Founded in 1862
»Based in Tulse Hill, London
»Type of school: Voluntary-
aided primary
»No. of students: 345
»The original school building
was destroyed in 1944 by
enemy action during the
Second World War
Holy Trinity CE
Primary School
Highlighting best practice
Thisdoes not, however, compromise
our high expectations and commitment
in striving for excellence for all.
As a Church of England school, we have
strong connections with the Southwark
Diocesan Board of Education. We have
been “outstanding” consistently since
2011 under the SIAMS inspection,
and we view that as a core strength of
Values champions
We place values at the heart of the
school in such a way that distils into
every aspect of our work. Our success
has been driven by a comprehensive
focus on values-based education. It has
been reported by visitors to the school,
organisations that our pupils visit
and secondary schools who take our
year 6 leavers that Holy Trinity pupils
are well grounded and have a good
understanding of themselves and their
place in the world.
This is best demonstrated by our
“values champions” initiative, whereby
children demonstrate and celebrate
one of 22 values each month. We start
by defining what we mean by a value –
for instance, tolerance.
We discuss and agree with the children
what tolerance means, how it is
demonstrated and why it is important
to express tolerance towards each
other. This features throughout the
school for the entirety of the month,
and at the end, we recognise and
celebrate those pupils who have
demonstrated the value.
A whole-school approach to
residential visits
Our unique approach to educational
visits enriches the learning experiences
for our children and enhances their
personal and social development.
First of all, we want to give our
children the opportunities to visit
places of interest that are available to
them locally and beyond.
Secondly, we want to focus on
developing geographical knowledge
and associated aspects of the national
curriculum through contextualising
the learning in real and purposeful
experiences. This transitions well
into personal development as well
as spiritual, moral and cultural
This starts in reception, with something
as simple as the class visiting the local
park. In year 1, we go further afield
visiting places near to the school
as a supplement for developing
outdoor learning. Year 1 pupils visit
historic locations within Brixton to
gain a better understanding of their
surroundings. This gets children used
to leaving school with a clear purpose
for learning as well as exploring and
appreciating their locality.
In year 2, we get pupils into the frame
of mind of “staying over”. As such, we
organise a year 2 slumber party within
the school, where staff and pupils
stay overnight on a Friday. Children
enjoy a range of activities and talking
about home routines such as getting
Encouraging pupils to
use their scientific skills
and critical thinking
Holy Trinity
pupils are
and have a
of themselves
and their
place in the
ready for bed, personal hygiene and
looking after oneself. It’s a delightful
experience that enhances pupils’
independence and sense of belonging.
In year 3, pupils go on a two-day
camping experience in Dulwich
Village. During this experience,
outdoor learning, problem solving
and team building are the focus –
helping children to develop social and
interpersonal skills with other pupils as
well as staff.
In year 4, pupils venture to a different
county for a week – Kent. Here, they
attend Rippledown Environmental
Centre with a particular focus on
developing geographical and scientific
skills, as well as learning about the
environment and how we can take
care of it. We try to maximise the
wonderful learning opportunities
that being in the countryside offers
– including beachcombing in St
Margaret’s Bay.
In year 5, we go to another country
in the UK for three days, currently
Wales. This trip looks at some of the
famous landmarks in Cardiff including
Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral, St
Fagans and the Principality Stadium.
The city’s rich historic background is
used to inspire meaningful writing
opportunities while still building
upon personal and geographical
Finally, in year 6, pupils take a five-day
trip to Barcelona, now within another
country in Europe entirely. Once more,
they visit key landmarks – Camp Nou
and Las Ramblas – and we encourage
them to open themselves up to
learning about a completely different
country and embracing its culture.
This programme spans seven academic
years, and it is one of the jewels in
the school’s crown, along with its
substantial music and arts provision.
Such an extensive programme as
this relies upon the dedication and
commitment of staff and leaders
that are willing to give their time in
facilitating these learning adventures
for children.
It is driven by a high focus on
questioning and developing
critical thinking, while fostering
independence, resilience and
interpersonal skills. This exclusive
approach helps to broaden the pupils’
horizons through the development of
their knowledge of the world.
Developing awareness of
No matter how far afield our pupils go,
the one sentiment we aim to develop
in them is the sense of belonging.
This programme shows them that
they are a part of a local, national and
international community at different
levels, and that’s something that is so
incredibly important.
The world is a smaller place now,
thanks to technology, but we are
confident that as we move forward,
we will continue to be able to
educate our pupils both about their
contribution to the wider world and
the truly special community that they
belong to.
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helps to
broaden the
through the
of their
knowledge of
the world
Left: Year 5 pupils
exploring the heights of
Cardiff Castle
Right: Looking after the
world in our ”peace


This article was sponsored by Holy Trinity CE Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development