Improvement Planning

Academy Improvement Plan 2016 - 19
Dixons Trinity Academy opened with 112 Year 7 students on 4 September 2012 and will rise to its full capacity of 720 students by September 2018.  In January 2014, we became the first secondary free school to be judged Outstanding by Ofsted.

At Trinity, we have tried to take the best ideas from academies, schools, the independent sector and abroad.  No individual element of our practice is revolutionary.  Others have said that it is the way in which those ideas have been combined and embedded with rigour and simplicity that has allowed us to make such a strong start.  We don't believe in off-the-shelf strategies or practices; there is no silver bullet.  It is really about being values driven, having a clear vision, focusing relentlessly on results, operating strict routines, doing the simple things well every day, and building strong relationships at all levels.  

Priorities for 2016 - 19
Our key drivers of mastery, autonomy and purpose1 underpin our priorities for 2016 - 19:

1.  Mastery: the urge to get better and better at something that matters:
1.1  Demonstrate outstanding progress and achievement
1.2  Ensure learning is rigorous, engaging and underpinned by meaningful feedback
1.3  Embed a rich and exciting curriculum that embodies the laws of mastery

2.  Autonomy: the desire to direct our own lives:
2.1  Create a disciplined and joyful school culture
2.2  Develop gritty, confident and self-directed learners
2.3  Cultivate effective, autonomous leaders at every level of the organisation

3.  Purpose:  the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves:
3.1  Establish a genuine three-way partnership between families, students and staff
3.2  Work with the Dixons Academies to replicate best practice / contribute to improvement
3.3  Establish a strong reputation for Dixons Trinity Academy

1Adopted from Drive, Daniel Pink 2009.