Trinity St Peters CE Primary School

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

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 Trinity St Peters CE Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Based in Liverpool, Trinity St Peter’s recent successes are
the product of the school’s hard work in ensuring that
its vision and values permeate all aspects of school life.
Headteacher Deborah Pringle explains that a bold decision in
2012 to change the school’s branding paved the narrative for
the school’s vision statement to come alive, proving to its pupils
that they are stakeholders in their own education.
From the school’s shared values and vision statement, each and every one of
our pupils understands what is expected of them and can articulate what the
school stands for with ease. This work has resulted in a highly driven, forward-
thinking and innovative school that provides only the very best education for all of
our pupils.
Trinity St Peter’s is a school where children shine. Here, high expectations and
aspirations for pupils are as important as the teaching of kindness and gratitude.
We demonstrate real thought and attention in delivering an exceptional curriculum
that truly focuses on development of the whole child on a local, national and global
scale, so that pupils are able to engage with their world on a more meaningful
level. Each of our values, which spell out the acronym “shine”, is supplemented
with clear, concise written intentions that support and enable a common shared
language throughout the school. This has supported everyone within our school
community to understand our aims moving forward.
»Headteacher:Deborah Pringle
»Founded in2005
»Type of school: Voluntary
aided CE primary
»No. of students:234
Trinity St Peter’s CE
Primary School
‘Think Tank’ pupils proudly
display the school’s Thinking
School award
Learning is fun and the children are grateful
for the opportunities they are given
Highlighting best practice
Together with our creation of a 4C
Thinking Model, we have provided a
framework for teachers to cleverly
intertwine the school’s vision and
values into our own innovative
curriculum practice. Through further
development of this model, teaching
staff are able to consider what the
children have learnt previously and
respond to it accordingly. Teaching
our children to work creatively
prepares them for a world that
demands this more and more. Critical
thinking allows pupils to engage with
the world in a meaningful way.
Comprehension ensures they are
processing information appropriately,
and connecting links their thinking in
different ways.
We are confident that this “thinking
model” is pivotal to our success. It
has empowered both pupils and staff
to think logically, critically, creatively
and reflectively in all that they do.
This is also evident through the
creation and design of school posters
that reinforce key messages for all
pupils. Our vision and values
encapsulate all that we do.
External recognition
This approach has proven itself to
be successful both internally and
externally. In 2019 we made the
decision to review our practice
through external validation.
The number and range of awards
obtained in such a short period of time
validate the excellence we offer in the
quality of our provision. This process
has been liberating and gratifying for
everyone at Trinity St. Peter’s,
affirming that our practice should
rightly be rewarded and celebrated
In less than nine months we have
attained Thinking School status and
received a Wellbeing Award, as well as
awards from Plastic Free Schools,
Online Safety and Rights Respecting
Schools. We have also achieved
the gold standard in the following
national awards: Global Neighbours,
SMSC, Artsmark and Sportsmark.
These accreditations have allowed
us to proudly share the breadth and
depth of our curriculum. We are the
only accredited Thinking School in the
North West, and we have shared our
practice with over 50 schools. Our
successes and learning are also
celebrated through a range of online
media, including Twitter, class-specific
blogs, and YouTube and Vimeo
The variety of these awards is
testament to the range of work
that we have conducted with the
curriculum. Educating children in
matters not directly related to the
curriculum only serves to help them
grow as citizens of the world.
Here, high
aspirations for
pupils are as
important as
the teaching
of kindness
and gratitude
The school’s vibrant,
bespoke environment
reflects its vision and values
Bishop of Liverpool presents
the school’s Gold Global
Neighbour award
Most importantly, the children enjoy
their learning process. As well as being
equipped with the skills they need to
succeed later in life, they are able to
take part in a range of opportunities
that allow them to reflect on their
successes and celebrate their learning.
Throughout the year, our pupils are
involved in productions; perform in
themed concerts; participate in fun,
innovative whole-school challenges
and competitions; and all children and
staff participate in an annual, whole-
school music video as part of our
Celebration of Kindness week. In the
past year alone, we have celebrated
high attainment results and even had
appearances on national television.
Limited budget, unlimited
There are understandably challenges
throughout schools across the country,
and Trinity St. Peter’s is no exception.
Situated in a relatively affluent area, we
do not have a large number of pupil
premium children, and as such our
budget is limited. Although concerned
for our budget, we believe that the
way in which the school excels on a
local and national level provides a firm
foundation for future success. In
2019, 58 per cent of year 6 pupils
achieved greater depth in the end of
Key Stage 2 reading test and 48 per
cent of pupils in maths. In the coming
years, we hope that the school will be
recognised as a beacon of best
practice across the country.
We are rightly excited to see where
the future will take us; the past
decade has given so much to
celebrate and we hope the next
decade will do the very same. Through
our ongoing commitment to our
vision and values, we believe that we
can continue to provide the best
possible education to our children and
look forward to the future where they
continue to shine.
We are the
School in the
North West,
and we have
shared our
practice with
over 50
Foundation stage pupils
embracing the outdoors

This article was sponsored by Trinity St Peters CE Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.