Kidderminster Mayor Mary Rayner and guest of honour Dr Nicholas Tate joined students and staff at Holy Trinity School for the official opening of the ‘Tate Suite’ in the school’s newly extended Sixth Form Centre on Thursday 22nd September.
Joined by the Chair of Governors, Mrs Susan Marlow and Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, the Mayor and Dr Tate each gave a short address.
Headteacher Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “We are extremely privileged to have the on-going support of someone with the experience and depth of understanding that Dr Tate has. His passion for education is always a good reminder of what teaching is truly about and it seemed only fitting that we named our new Sixth Form suite after him in acknowledgement of the support he has shown and continues to show for Holy Trinity School.”
Dr Tate has had a long and distinguished career within the sphere of education, working both directly with the government and educational settings. His passion for education and the right of each individual to be educated, has been his driving force, an ethos that was clearly demonstrated in his support of the conversion of Holy Trinity School from an independent to a free school.
Dr Tate commented: “I was very happy to be able to work with Holy Trinity to help in the transition from independent to Free School and to ensure that a 100+ years educational tradition, previously available only to those who could afford the fees, was now open to all.
“Revisiting the school two years after it re-opened as a Free School, I am impressed with how it is going from strength to strength - excellent SAT and GCSE results, extensive physical refurbishment, an expanding Sixth Form and now this attractive Sixth Form suite of rooms with which I am honoured to be associated.”
A school for over 100 years and a co-educational Free School for the last two years, Holy Trinity encompasses Primary, Senior and Sixth Form students from 4 years through to 18 years of age, and enjoys a long tradition of academic excellence and pastoral care, with a strong emphasis on high expectations for all pupils and on academic rigour which has helped maintain success in national tests and public examinations.