Schools and colleges

School visits

Would your school like to visit Holy Trinity?

We welcome visits from all Key Stages to our beautiful church which has been an important part of the town for over 700 years.

Schools benefit from a tailored visit to suit your requirements.

We can offer trails and activities, show our  films (made with local schoolchildren!) and bring characters from the past alive, especially Henry VIII and Bishop Vesey!  Pupils particularly enjoy dressing up as Victorian school children or trying on costumes of mediaeval or Tudor  times!

We can link to the national curriculum especially around aspects of local history, general history or religious education.

For younger pupils we can be part of topics such as ‘people who help us’, the local area or early exploration of what happens in church.

At Key Stage 3 we can offer activities using  a resource pack around the circumstances of the sad death of Mary Ashford in 1817, who is buried in the churchyard.   This ties in to the PHSE curriculum, offering discussion of comparable issues today including media reporting, class and societal attitudes and witness credibility.  The pack also touches on the two landmark changes in English law that resulted from the murder trial.

Our church is part of the Sutton Town Trail from the Civic Society and we are happy to link with a visit to other places of interest in the town including our neighbouring churches.

With both the church offering comfortable facilities as well as our adjacent Trinity Centre, we are able to cater for larger groups now and to offer concurrent activities, depending on your needs.

Schools that have already attended have really enjoyed their time and the amount of features that the children can explore. Teachers are thrilled that groups have the church to themselves so there can be no worry about other visitors or the potential for children to get lost or run out.

We are a 5-10 minute walk from Sutton Coldfield railway station.  There is a bus stop outside the church on Mill Street.  We also have some parking space  for cars and minibuses (accessed from Mill Street up Church Hill – signposted to The Trinity Centre).

Please email us in the first instance to book in or discuss a visit in more depth on: heritage@htsc.org.uk

If you could also give a phone number for us to call you back on,  this would be helpful.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Working with schools

Local schools have been getting involved in our Holy Trinity heritage project.

For example, Year 5 pupils from Town Junior School helped Birmingham-based artists, Secret City Arts make 3 films which can be found as follows:

This is the Land – the story of Sutton Coldfield from Roman times to the plague!

Life of Bishop Vesey – how local people reacted to the Charter granted to our town in 1528

Who’s for progress? – the coming of the railway to Sutton in Victorian times.

Higher and further education

Not only will school students benefit from visiting Holy Trinity, those on courses of further and higher education may also wish to look at the unique features of our church, from Bishop Vesey’s tomb to unique woodwork from the era of Mary I, taking in the artwork shown in our stained glass,  memorials and painted ceilings.

Please email us if you would like to book a visit or discuss further on: heritage@htsc.org.uk

If you could also give a phone number for us to call you back on,  this would be helpful.

Using our space

Whatever your student age group, we are keen to see students using our church for drama or other performance arts.

If you are interested in hiring any of our spaces in order to carry out an arts project, please contact our Parish Administrator in the first instance via the Trinity Centre on 0121 321 1144 or via: admin@htsc.org.uk . For more information and availability, see our pages on hiring the church and hiring the Trinity Centre.