The Trinidad Legacy at The Gorse Academies Trust

Embedded across all Academies with The Gorse Academies Trust, The Trinidad Legacy aims to establish an understanding of the environment, climate change and our impact on the world amongst students and colleagues.

In 2017, The Ruth Gorse Academy was the first school in the world to have a colony of leaf cutter ants foraging through a 50-metre network of tubes that snake their way through the academy's Science department. Beyond providing unparalleled enrichment and the opportunity for experiments, our leaf cutter ants inspired us to take 40 students to Trinidad in 2019 to see the complex relationship these social insects have with their natural habitat of Trinidad's rainforests. The Trinidad 2019 expedition continues to inspire projects across The GORSE Academies Trust through 'The Trinidad Legacy' which is now embedded across all the academies within the Trust. The Trinidad Legacy aims to deepen our understanding of the natural world, its vulnerabilities and the part we must all play living sustainably in order to protect its future

The Trinidad Legacy at The Ruth Gorse Academy

The Trinidad Legacy Gallery

In an effort to maximise the learning potential from the Trinidad trip, The ‘Trinidad Legacy’ was born. Embedded across all Academies with The Gorse Academies Trust, The Trinidad Legacy aims to establish an understanding of the environment, climate change and our impact on the world amongst students and colleagues. Already, there has been the creation of allotments, living walls, beehives, environmental study groups and eco-clubs. The next steps will be to take students from the remaining five academies to Trinidad to experience it first-hand, as well as several exciting new projects.