We guarantee that we will do whatever it takes to make sure that every student at Dixons Trinity achieves their full potential. We have extremely high expectations and, just as there are no shortcuts, there are no excuses.
At Trinity, we all have a sentence that states the lasting impression we want to leave on the world. Our academy sentence is: "The academy ensured that all students succeeded at university, or a real alternative, thrived in a top job and had a great life."
In order to achieve our mission, Dixons Trinity focuses on three key drivers: Mastery, which is the urge to get better and better at something that matters; Autonomy, or our desire to direct our own lives; and Purpose, which is our yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
Our practice is thoroughly rooted in this approach and in the following three core values:
1. Hard Work
We never give up. We remain positive so that we have the strength to persevere with even the hardest work. We do what it takes for as long as it takes.
We are honest. We do what we say we’ll do and do not make excuses. We are loyal and have the courage to do the right thing.
We play by the rules. We are respectful, polite and courteous at all times. We don’t take advantage of others and helping a member of our team is helping ourselves.
At Dixons Trinity, we have created an impressive culture of success through the operation of strict routines and protocols, an unwavering focus on results, and by offering the very best teaching and support. Students learn, behave and are well mannered. Teachers teach with skill and rigour, showing great courtesy. Staff and students enjoy what they do together.
Our mission is to challenge educational and social disadvantage in the Bradford and Leeds region. We establish high-performing non-faith academies which maximise attainment, value diversity, develop character, and build cultural capital.
By the age of 18, we want every student to have the choice of university or a high quality apprenticeship.
To achieve this, Dixons Academies share a set of Six Core Principles:
High Expectations of All
The Dixons Academies have high expectations for all students, and our governors set ambitious targets for academic achievement and conduct that make no excuses based on the students' backgrounds. Students, parents, teachers and staff create and reinforce a culture of achievement and support through formal and informal recognition and consequences for academic performance and behaviour. There are no shortcuts, and we do not make excuses. All students are expected to make outstanding progress that will enable them to succeed in further or higher education and in the world of work.
Empowered to Lead
Our Principals are empowered to lead their academies, and they do so primarily in the best interests of their students and their school. They also work in partnership with other Principals for the good of the Group as a whole. They articulate their own culture, values and vision for learning around our shared core principles. We empower our people in every area and at every level of the organisation, and hold them accountable for their outcomes. We develop a strong culture of student leadership in all our academies.
Relentless Focus on Learning
Students and their learning are at the heart of every Dixons Academy. We prioritise student learning above all else when we choose where to focus funding and how to spend our time. Our pattern of holidays sustains learning throughout the year. Our extended school week offers students more time in the classroom to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for academic success, as well as more opportunities to engage in diverse extra-curricular experiences.
Highly Professionalised Staff
Learning and progress at Dixons are rooted in professional, positive and caring relationships based on mutual respect between adult and student. All staff at the Dixons Academies act in the best interests of students and adhere to the high standards of professionalism laid out in our Code of Conduct. Teachers know their subjects well, understand how children learn and work to update their skills through professional enquiry. We invest in staff and leadership development across our learning community.
Choice and Commitment
Success at Dixons is built on a three-way partnership between students, parents and the Academy. To attend and work in a Dixons Academy is a choice. Each of us must make and uphold a commitment to the school and to each other to put in the time and effort required to achieve success. We do not tailor our curriculum to the diverse communities we serve, but expect our students to share and engage in common learning experiences which maximise the achievement of all.
Dixons Academies are communities with a strong sense of moral purpose. The interests of students and their learning are at the heart of all we do. Each Academy is built around a clear set of values which demand and nurture personal responsibility, integrity and respect for others.