The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Care & Guidance

Pastoral Structure

Our pastoral care system is organised around a Year-based structure with an Assistant Head Teacher overseeing each Key Stage. Each Year Group is headed by a Group Leader who oversees progress, helps guide students along appropriate learning pathways and promotes well-being.

Currently these are: -

Assistant Head Teacher KS4 and KS5 - Mr Webster

Group Leader Year 7 & 8 – Mrs S Whelan

Group Leader Year 9 & 10 Mr P Hunt 

Group Leader  Year 11 – Mrs C Perry


Assistant Head Teacher KS5 Years 12/13 – Mr K Berry

Pastoral Support Manager is allocated to each year group to assist the Group Leads

Should we decide that more intensive support, usually with some external input, is appropriate, your child may be supported by other members of Pastoral Team such as the Safeguarding Managers, Welfare Manager or School Chaplain.

Students are placed in their Year Group and one of four 'Cathedral City' Houses; with the Houses still featuring in aspects of school life, such as competition and charity. The Houses each have a colour which can be seen on the stripes of students’ ties:

Canterbury - Blue  

Durham - Red 

Winchester - Yellow  

York - Green 

Whom do I contact if I have concerns about my child?

Initial concern:

Tutor – well-being or general progress concern

Subject teacher – specific issue about progress in one subject

Further concern:

Pastoral Support Managers and Group Leaders – well-being or general progress

Leader of Learning – persistent concern in one subject

If in doubt, our Reception staff will happily advise you of the most appropriate person to contact.


We have expectations of behaviour as follows:

• (Be) READY

WE arrive on time

We are positive about learning



We listen

We are kind

We respect the school environment

• (Keep) SAFE

We think before we act

We follow instructions

We ask for help


We ask parents/carers to support us in maintaining high standards in all matters relating to school uniform. Should you have any difficulty (financial or other) in obtaining uniform, please contact your child’s Director of Learning in confidence. (For further information go to 'School Information' > 'Uniform' on this website.)


If your child is absent from school due to illness, please leave a message on our dedicated absence line of 01293 652971 or e-mail

We do call back a sample of those who leave messages to ensure they are genuine and we ask you to confirm the reason for absence with a note on the day of your child’s return to school.

Leave of absence The School does not currently authorise any holidays in term time. 

(For further information go to 'School Information' > 'Leave Of Absence') 

 Safeguarding Children

Holy Trinity School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we cooperate with other agencies and initiatives at local and national level. Any successful job applicant will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring service check (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau check) at an enhanced level, in line with all schools across West Sussex.  Visitors are required to sign in at reception and may be asked to produce photographic ID.