A 234-year-old boys’ school is about to welcome female students into its classrooms for the first time in its history.
The historic Trinity House Academy in Hull, East Yorks., Will admit the girls from September 2022 under plans approved by the trust that runs the school.
The move, which follows a public consultation, will see the former Maritime Training Academy double its capacity from 120 to 240 students and move to a new location in the city.
Delta Academies Trust CEO Paul Tarn welcomed the decision and said: “The Trust will continue to work in partnership with Hull City Council to develop the plans.
“The Academy will be at the heart of a city in full renewal, with new jobs and opportunities accessible to young people in Hull.
The historic Trinity House Academy in Hull, East Yorks., Is expected to admit girls from September 2022, which, if approved, will be the first time in the school’s 234 year history.
The move, which follows a public consultation, will see the former Maritime Training Academy double its capacity from 120 to 240 students and move to a new location in the city. (Photo: The Queen has previously visited Trinity House School)
The former marine academy which will open its doors to female students for the first time
Trinity House Academy is a comprehensive boys’ secondary school located in Hull town center, East Yorkshire.
The Academy is the only publicly funded boys’ school currently operating in Hull.
Founded in 1787, the school was originally a school of maritime navigation in connection with a former charitable association of sailors.
It takes its name from Trinity House, which is dedicated to the preservation of navigation and sailors.
The Corporation of Trinity House was incorporated by royal charter under Henry VIII in 1514 to regulate pilotage on the Thames and to provide for elderly seafarers.
It was run by elders known as The Bretheren.
The school initially welcomed 36 students who diligently studied the main subjects of the school; Arithmetic and navigation.
The uniform was traditionally a naval garment, and high school students are still required to wear the “square rig” naval uniform – a white shirt and a cap covered in white cloth.
In April 2012, the school became an academy. Despite its conversion and general modernization, Trinity House still offers a course in Maritime Studies today.
Their website says, “Hull Trinity House Academy remains very proud of its history and traditions and our motto ‘Spes Super Sydera’ (Hope Beyond The Stars) always clearly sums up the goals of our Academy.”
Source: Trinity House Academy website
“The goal is for the move to happen in time for September 2022.
“Throughout our work we have focused on what is in the best interests of current and future students at Trinity House Academy.
“We have worked with The Brethren and local governors to ensure that the traditions of the school are maintained, while creating an exceptional learning and teaching experience and providing greater opportunities for young people across the city.”
The school was founded in 1787 as a marine school for boys destined for careers at sea, and taught navigation and other maritime skills.
It was run by the Seamen’s Charity and Trinity House Guild, and has since remained boys-only and linked with the organization.
Initially private, it later entered the public sector as a technical school and has been a comprehensive academy since 2014.
A year later, it moved from its Victorian site to the old buildings of Hull Nautical College after they were vacated by the University of Lincoln.
Students still wear naval-inspired uniforms, maritime studies remain on the curriculum, and activities such as sailing are available.
Hull Trinity House Academy Principal Graham Moffatt said: “We look forward to discussing the next steps with students, staff and parents, and sharing the great opportunities this project will open for our school community.”
According to plans, made earlier this year, the girls would enter into a gradual expansion, one year at a time, starting in grade 7 in September 2022.
In a consultation sent to parents in March, the trust said it plans to move to a co-ed school because it “supports equal opportunities for all.”
He also added that he would allow local families to choose his “unique educational offer for their daughters as well as for their sons.”
He also pointed out that the number of women entering and succeeding in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects is “increasing rapidly”.
The number of women who choose to go to sea as a profession was also mentioned as a reason, as this figure has “increased considerably”.
Founded in 1787, the school was originally created as a maritime navigation school in connection with a former charity of sailors.
Councilor Shane McMurray, Hull City Council, said: “During several meetings with Delta Academy Trust, my cynicism waned very quickly.
“It is very clearly in the interest of the young people of the city that this school increases its capacity.
“Not only will they introduce more young people to a school with a strong ethic and a strong learning culture, but they will also be able to broaden the scope of their current curriculum to include more specialized subjects.
“All of my initial reservations were overcome after speaking to the academy who clearly had a plan in place to mitigate potential issues.
“I was also assured that the school will strive to have a positive impact on the local community of which it will be a part; beyond its immediate workforce.
“It is absolutely imperative that the youth of Hull have the best chance of accessing the new jobs and industries that have developed and will thrive on our coast and this school is able to provide that in an authentic way.
“I wish the best future for the school, the staff and especially the students of this school.”
Capt Dennis Robinson, Master Warden of The Brethren and member of the Academy’s Advisory Board, supports the movement.
He said: “Trinity House was the first sailing school, established in 1787, by the brothers, which was indeed avant-garde.
In April 2012, the school (photo, stock image) became an academy. Despite its conversion and general modernization, Trinity House still offers a course in Maritime Studies to this day.
“Now, almost 250 years later, the Brothers realize that times have changed.
“While the demand for UK seafarers has declined overall, the number of women choosing to go to sea as a profession has increased dramatically and we all know the female crews on ships and airplanes.
“The Brothers would therefore support that the school become mixed and extend nautical ethics, the educational and training opportunities of the Academy to both sexes.
“For over 200 years the school has been part of the Trinity House estate and the move to the old Nautical College buildings on George Street has moved away from The House.
“However, the links between the House and the school remained strong, as did the ethics and character of the school.
“The Brothers are assured and confident that this ethics and this character of the school, formed over many years, will remain as strong, if not stronger, if this initiative materializes.
“They are confident that the larger school will be just as successful academically as it has been in recent years, with good results for students whether they embark on a career at sea or not.”