We are delighted that you have registered your child for a place in Year 7 at Trent College. The resources below will be updated over the coming months, with the aim of providing you with all the information you need, when you need it.

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Staff introductions

Mr Wood is Head of Lower School. He is looking forward to meeting the children during the Discovery Morning, interviews and on the day of the entrance exam.

Transition & Induction Events

Transition Day for pupils is on Friday 28 June, from 8.30am. Pupils should attend in casual clothes and wear trainers. There will be a Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 27 June at 6.15pm.

All Year 7 pupils will be required in school, wearing school uniform, for an Induction Day on Friday 30 August, starting at 8.30am. Children will need their school bag (containing pencil case and notebook) and their PE bag (containing full PE kit including tracksuit and trainers). Please note, the school buses will not be running on this day.

First Day of Term

Term starts on Monday 2 September. Pupils should arrive wearing school uniform and go directly to the Year 7 Base in the Swallow Building for registration at 08.30am.  The Trent College campus will be very busy on the first day of term. If traveling by car, please drop your child off on Derby Road or in the May Hall car park.

Outdoor Education Day

On Friday 13 September, all pupils will have an outdoor activity day. Pupils will need to wear their Trent College tracksuit and PE top along with trainers/outdoor shoes. We recommend they also bring a change of clothes/shoes (in a bag) in case they get wet during any of the challenges.

This event will be followed by a family BBQ on the Trent College campus. Further information will be shared in September.

Boarding in year 7

Boarding can provide routine and structure for your child to maximise their learning time, whilst offering a unique model of support, encouragement, flexibility and integration. Living a distance from school is no longer the primary reason families choose boarding, with 80% of the weekly and flexi boarders at Trent living within a 45 minute drive-time of school.

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Full details are available in the handbook. All branded items are available from the onsite School Uniform Shop as well as on the supplier’s website. We highly recommend booking your appointment for a fitting during the summer term, to ensure that all items can be ordered in time for the start of the school term.

School Uniform Shop
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choice of year 7 language

The Modern Languages Department looks forward to welcoming all our new Year 7 pupils to Trent College in September. Follow the links for a helpful presentation on choosing your language, and to make your selection.


Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

Music is embedded into the life of Trent College, and we offer a wide range of opportunities for musicians of all styles and abilities. Booking forms will be published at a later date.

Booking information 


LAMDA Lessons

The objectives of LAMDA (The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) include improving the standard of communication through the spoken word and performance; empowering individuals by helping to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem; and fostering an appreciation of classic and contemporary literature and drama.

Booking forms will be published at a later date.


Learning Support

It is important for us to know whether your child has ever had an assessment for any type of specific learning difficulty, or any other speech or literacy difficulty. The assessment may have been carried out by a specialist teacher, an educational psychologist or a health professional. If so, and you have not already provided this information to The Elms or to Mrs Pearce-McNeill, please send a copy of the report to Head of Learning Support, Trent College.  Individual tuition by specialist teachers is available, and is charged per 30 or 60 minute lesson.

Bus Service

The schools currently operate an extensive network of services across the East Midlands, serving the urban areas of Derby and Nottingham as well as the surrounding rural areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. With over 100 stops on the network, our school bus service is designed to cater for as many parents as possible. Bus travel can be booked using the Skills Motor Coaches Portal.

Aerial view of Trent College campus

Online Tour

Receive a warm welcome from the Trent staff who you would usually meet during a tour of the school and see inside our modern classrooms, specialist teaching areas and vast outdoor spaces.