Trent College

Our pupils have a life ahead of them that remains in the imagination; many will do jobs that do not yet exist using technologies that have not yet been developed; they will be moving in a society whose frontiers, both physical and mental, will have moved. The simple delivery of a body of knowledge is no longer enough, and the pupils of today need to learn the skills that will allow them to operate in this brave new world.

We encourage our pupils to aim as high as they can, to be inquisitive, confident, and ambitious; at the same time, we urge them not to fear failure and to see challenge and adversity as opportunities, not obstacles. All this we do both in the classroom but also through the richness and diversity of school life that lies beyond.

One of the fundamental strengths of Trent College is that it is undoubtedly an environment where academic excellence and educational fulfilment are given the highest priority. One of my key responsibilities is to make sure that the best teaching brings about the highest quality of learning across all subjects, leading ultimately to outcomes in public examinations that are as strong as they can be for each individual. However, this must not be done exclusively and at the expense of all the other things that form part of a meaningful all-round education.

This website can only give a flavour of what Trent College has to offer. Do please visit the School to speak to me, the staff and, most importantly, the pupils. They are great company and it is they who best exemplify our values and character; I am sure they would love to tell you about all that is possible here.

Bill Penty
Head, Trent College


The Elms

Our strength lies in the belief that every child is a unique individual and the school aims to put the children at the heart of everything we do; releasing their potential within a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

The Elms journey begins in the Nursery, which was recently rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, where learning through play and exploration builds confidence and curiosity about the world around them. As children progress through the school, the focus on exceptional pastoral care and inspirational teaching, along with a vast array of enrichment opportunities, ensure that our children leave us with the independence and resilience to embark successfully upon their senior school education. Firm foundations and a love of learning are built along the way to ensure future success in all that they do.

Our children are happy and feel valued, ensuring that high academic standards are achieved. We have a large and dedicated team of talented teachers and teaching assistants, who are supported by many subject specialists. The vibrant learning environment and excellent resources mean that children are provided with a first rate education in which they can discover and develop their individual talents to flourish and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

We are committed to building on our achievements as the leading independent co-education junior school in the region, offering the very best modern education with traditional values. I would be delighted to welcome you to The Elms so that you can see our outstanding staff and children in action for yourself.

Faith Potter
Head, The Elms