How many places will be offered to applicants in year 7?

The published admission number (PAN) for 2019 is 120.

My child lives equally with both my partner and myself at different addresses, what address will you consider?

To ensure equal opportunity to all applicants, we can only consider the address that is on the application form and this is normally the address of the parent who is in receipt of the child benefit or child tax credit and where the child is registered with a doctor.

Do we need to attend Church to apply to Trinity Academy?

No. Faith is not an oversubscription criterion for the school. We accept applications from families of all faiths and none.

I have twins applying for year 7 entry. If one is offered will the other be offered under the sibling criterion?

Yes, and if children of multiple births (twins and triplets) are tied for the final place, those siblings will be admitted over PAN.

What is the catchment area for Trinity Academy?

The inner catchment is the area shaded in blue on the map. Children living on the boundary line will be considered to be living within the inner catchment area.

The outer catchment is the area shaded in pink on the map. Children permanently resident at addresses beginning with any of the following postcodes; BS1 1, BS1 2, BS1 3, BS1 4, BS1 5, BS1 6, BS2 8, BS2 9, BS6 5, BS6 6, BS6 7, BS7 8, BS8 1.

I live close to the school; does this mean my child will definitely be offered a place?

All applicants will be considered under the published admissions criteria in order of priority.

I don’t live in either catchment area; can I still apply for a place for my child?

Yes, as all applications for places are considered under the published admissions criteria, in order of priority.

What if my child does not meet any of the oversubscription criteria? Can I still apply?

Yes, as all applications for places are considered under the published admissions criteria, in order of priority.

Will my child have to take a test in order to be considered for a place at the school?

No. We do not require children to sit a test for general admission to the school. However, if you wish your child to be considered for a music specialism place then they will need to sit the music aptitude test.  You do not need to live within the inner or outer catchment in order to apply for the music aptitude test, however you must make your application directly to Trinity Academy.

What does the music aptitude test involve?

The test will involve listening to a CD and answering a multiple-choice paper on pitch, melody, texture and rhythm.

There are 50 questions of varying difficulty and the test will last about 45 minutes.

Please note applicants are not required to play a musical instrument or sing.

How does my child prepare for the test?

Please remember the test is for aptitude in music, not ability, therefore no preparation is necessary. No previous knowledge of music or music theory is required by the applicant as the test is based entirely on responses to an aural (listening) test. There are no practice papers available.

Aptitude measures potential whereas ability measures attainment or what has already been achieved and the two should not be confused.

In order to ensure equal opportunities for all music applicants, we will not take into consideration any teacher references or music certificates.

How do I apply for a Year 7 music specialism aptitude place for my child at CST Trinity Academy?

You will need to complete and submit the music specialism application form provided and administered by CST Trinity Academy by Monday 24th September 2018.   Children who would like to apply to sit the music aptitude test at both Bristol Cathedral Choir School and CST Trinity Academy will need to complete two separate application forms.  

Please remember if you are applying to CST Trinity Academy you must also complete the on line application form provided and administered by Trinity Academy. The deadline for applications is 3pm on 31st October 2018.

Catchment is not taken into consideration for the music specialism criterion.

What happens after I submit the music specialism aptitude application form?

Your child will be invited to attend the music aptitude test. The invitation will be sent via email during the week commencing 24th September 2018.

When and where will the music aptitude test be held?

Children applying to both CST Trinity Academy and Bristol Cathedral Choir School will sit the music aptitude test at Bristol Cathedral Choir School this year. The results of which will be sent to CST Trinity Academy.

The music aptitude test will take place on Monday 1st October 2018, from 5pm at Cresswell Centre, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, College Square, Bristol, BS1 5TS.

How will I know whether my child has been successful in the first music aptitude test?

If your child achieves the score required*, then he/she will be invited to attend the second Music Aptitude Test, week commencing 15th October 2018.

*score required will be dependent on the number of CST Trinity applicants and the scores achieved in the first music aptitude test.

Please note if your child has applied to both Bristol Cathedral Choir School and CST Trinity Academy to be considered for a music specialism place and achieves the score required for both schools then they will be invited to the second music aptitude test for both and will sit two separate tests.

Where will the second music aptitude test be held?

The second music aptitude test will take place from week commencing 15th October. You will be advised of the location nearer the time.

What does the second music aptitude test involve?

The second test will be on a one-to-one basis with qualified music staff and will last approximately 10 - 15 minutes.

It will be a further opportunity to demonstrate aptitude in music; applicants will have to respond to various aural tests, which might include clapping back a rhythm and repetition of a melody.

Applicants are not required to play or sing a prepared piece but may be required to sing back notes played on the piano/keyboard and/or clap back a rhythm.

Will my child have to play a musical instrument or sing in the second music aptitude test?

No. Applicants will not be required to play a musical instrument or sing a piece of their choice.

How will I know if my child has been successful in gaining a music specialism aptitude place?

It is our aim to take all reasonable steps to inform parents/carers of the outcome before the closing date for secondary school applications on 31st October. Parents/carers will be informed whether their child qualifies as one of the successful 10% under the music specialism aptitude oversubscription criterion. This information allows parents/carers time to make an informed choice of secondary school and to complete the separate application form for CST Trinity Academy. This information does not, however, equate to a guarantee of a place at CST Trinity Academy.

What happens if my child does not qualify for one of the 10% of music specialism places?

If your child does not qualify as one of the successful 10%, they will be ranked on the music specialism waiting list according to their scores from both music aptitude tests and this information will be communicated to parents via their outcome letter.  It is our aim to take all reasonable steps to inform parents/carers of the outcome before the closing date for secondary school applications on 31st October.

They will also be considered for a place against the remaining oversubscription criteria;

5a. Up to 25% of the remaining places randomly allocated to children living within the inner catchment area.

5b. Random allocation to children living in outer catchment area.

6. Random allocation to children living outside the catchment area.

When will I know if my child has been offered a place?

Offers for September 2019 entry will be made on the first working day on or after 1st March 2019 by Trinity Academy. If we have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once we have a signed funding agreement.

How do I find out more?

We advise parents/carers to come and visit us during one of our open events, details of which can be found on the HERE.