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Welcome to Mr McClafferty

I would like to introduce myself to you as the new Headteacher of The Trinity Catholic School.

I feel humbled and privileged to be taking up this post at such a vibrant and caring school. Parents are understandably nervous when there is a change in leadership at a school, but I want to reassure you. I come having spent the last 9 years as Headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic High School in Chesterfield. St Mary’s like the Trinity school has been judged outstanding by Ofsted, so I understand very well what it takes to lead such a high performing school.

As a Headteacher my motivation is quite simply my belief that children have only one chance with their education. As a practising Catholic with children who attended Catholic schools, I have experienced first-hand how a Catholic education can help develop both spiritual and moral growth within not only children, but also within their families. The sense of community and family fostered within the Catholic Church, I believe helps provide all people, not just the young, with a solid foundation, which they will need to meet the challenges of today’s world.

Mr McClafferty with pupils

The aim of any school I lead will be to help everyone in the school community to grow in faith and to make the most of the ability they have been given. For me, relationships are key to a happy, caring and successful school. If relationships are good at all levels then children will be happy and will achieve well.

True caring involves challenging pupils to perform to the levels of their abilities and it is this form of caring which I believe in.

Working with young people is a privilege. Schools are special places where we get the chance to improve the lives of young people in a unique way. The best schools, like the Trinity School, are places where we develop young minds; we must focus on growth not just in the brain but the growth of character, the development of the whole person. From my experience, I know that success in the larger things – relationships, sporting achievements, extra-curricular activities and lessons – is formed by concentrating on the smaller things, such as manners, punctuality and appearance. This is very important to me as I know it will be for you.

I truly believe that with school, home and parish working in partnership we can achieve anything.

I look forward to meeting you in the coming months.

May God bless you and your family.