Friday 27 March:
Free school meals vouchers
Thank you for your patience whilst we’ve sorted out meals vouchers for families of children entitled to free school meals. I’m pleased to confirm that these have been emailed to parents this morning, to the value of £30 which covers 2 weeks. Should you have any queries please contact us by email TAenquiries@trinityacademy.org.uk
Thursday 26 March:
Do you or your child have chronic asthma? Asthma UK say:
If you are, or your child is, taking:
- Any biologic therapy, also called a mAb (Xolair/omalizumab, Nucala/mepolizumab, Cinqaero/reslizumab, Fasenra/benralizumab)
- Steroid tablets or liquid every day
- Antibiotic tablets or liquid for asthma every week (e.g. azithromycin)
- A combination inhaler that also contains a long-acting bronchodilator (e.g. Seretide, Fostair, Symbicort) at a high daily steroid dose
- An inhaler with a high daily steroid dose (see the list….in the article) AND you are taking Montelukast
- You have been admitted to hospital for your asthma in the last 12 months
- You have ever been admitted to an intensive care unit for your asthma
Then you should follow this shielding advice which is set out in very helpful detail, including how to register for extra services from the government.
Whilst the early days of working from home can seem exciting, working from home, with illness, distraction and isolation, can be stressful. It’s important that we look after ourselves and each other.
So here are some quick ‘survival tips’ for working from home:
Quick Tips for Working From Home
- Purposefully identify and set up your designated workspace at home
- Get comfortable in your workspace. If you’re experiencing pain, identify why and change things
- Establish routines for the start of the day, the end of the day and taking breaks
- Avoid work creep
- Build exercise and ‘chill out time’ into your daily routine
- Set alarms to make sure that you are moving and taking breaks
- Don’t sit down during a break and watch TV
- Exercise and stretch regularly
- Stay off social media during work hours
- ‘Walk and talk’ and get double the benefit
- Keep confidential and personal information secure
- Check-in with your friends during break times, just as you would if you were at school
- Use video chat spontaneously rather than the telephone
- Get out of the house and into sunlight and fresh air
- If in doubt, over-communicate rather than under-communicate with your parents, brothers and sisters – and with your teachers online
- When on video communications, turn your camera on and dress appropriately
- Set expectations with other members of your household and be sensitive to their needs and routines.
Wednesday 25 March:
Following the Department for Education’s announcement on Friday 20 March confirming the process for calculating students’ grades, this is what we know of the awarding process for summer 2020:
Step 1 – The awarding bodies will be asking teachers to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead
Step 2 – To produce the above, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance in mock exams and non-exam assessment
Step 3 – The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in
Step 4 – Calculated grades will aim to be provided to students before the end of July
Step 5 – If students do not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis
Step 6 – If students do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021
We recognise that this is a time of real stress for students in Years 11 and 13 – especially where next steps depend on these grades; Mr Winch is writing personally to these students today.
Our teachers will make sure that estimated grades fairly represent the grade each student would have got, taking into account work being submitted now through MS Teams, work already handed in, test results and rehearsal exams.
There is still all to play for. Parents, please encourage your children to pace themselves, take decent breaks, sleep, exercise and spend time with family so that the time they spend working is as productive as possible. Remember that all work submitted should be their own work; teachers will know if that’s not the case and will not be able to use it.
A reminder that our Key Contacts page gives you email access to staff if you have any subject-specific queries, or just need help.
Tuesday 24 March:
Trinity Academy remains open for children of critical workers and for vulnerable students. From tomorrow schooling will be provided in Emmanuel House, the former caretaker’s lodge located within our grounds by the St Nicholas Rd. gate.
In line with government guidance during this period of lockdown it is safest for children to be at home in nearly every case. If you believe you need us to care for your child at school – including during the Easter holiday period – please email our Safeguarding team and we will advise.
This link can also be used to let us know of any concerns you have about the emotional welfare of your child during this difficult period. We are here to help.
For any other query our Key Contacts page will give you email access to teachers and support staff.
Stay safe and stay strong.
Monday 23 March:
Friday 20 March:
For students in Year 8 and Year 9, the deadline for the completion of options forms will remain as Friday 27th March. Students who have not yet submitted their forms can do so in one of three ways:
- By putting the form into the options box. This will be at reception today (Friday 20th March) and in the foyer at the entrance of the school from Monday 23rd March
- By taking a photo of the form and sending it to the email address TAenquires@trinityacademy.org.uk
- By sending the form by post
Wednesday 18 March:
If your child is eligible for free school meals and you’re having to self-isolate, we can drop off a grab bag lunch for them. To make use of this service, please contact Mrs Taylor at the main reception on 01405 813000 no later than 10am. We’re here to help.
To all our parents, students and staff at Trinity Academy
In this time of national emergency it is a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder as teachers, parents, students. We face this crisis together.
The Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon have left us with many questions; none of us know all the answers, but some things are clear:
– Our doors will remain wide open for children whose parents provide essential services – NHS staff, police and delivery drivers, for example – and vulnerable children, including those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
– For the majority of students education will move into the home – through the magic of MS Teams. From Monday our students will be taught in a new way, and this brings new opportunities. Students will be able to collaborate online, help each other, interact with their teacher and learn to study independently. Our teachers will set and mark assignments, and they will provide teaching in a range of creative ways. Tomorrow’s training sessions for students will get them started; for already-isolated children we’ll provide training manuals online.
I want to pay tribute to our exceptional staff team who have gone above and beyond this week, making home visits to the needy and covering for absent colleagues. Part-time staff have come into the Academy on their day off to help, our catering team have done wonders with rationed food, and our cleaners and facilities staff have stepped up to keep the building clean and safe. We will continue doing this for the rest of the week.
Increasing numbers of our parents are asking how they can help. Thank you; keep these offers coming. We’re learning the meaning of the word ‘community’, and we pray that this crisis will continue to bring us closer to one another.
Before today we had been agonising about how to provide food for children if the school should close. I’m delighted to say that the government is promising to support us in providing either a meal or a voucher for all students in receipt of free school meals. We’ll let you know more about this as soon as we’ve figured out the details.
Perhaps the most momentous announcement today relates to the cancellation of exams. For Years 11 and 13 what happens now? Here’s all we know: “GCSEs and A-levels will be awarded on the basis of moderated assessment with the exam boards and Ofqual… For those young people who feel that they could have done better than their predicted grade, I believe there will be a mini exam session in the Autumn.” We’ll know more in coming days, and we’ll continue supporting these young people to achieve the highest possible moderated assessment grade over the crucial weeks ahead.
We remain open as usual tomorrow and on Friday. We will continue with Year 8 exams; to do otherwise would not be fair to students who have worked so hard in preparation for them. We will continue to be as purposeful, calm and as productive as we can over the next two days as well as working to understand and plan for the time ahead.
We do this together because we are one. We are a community, and we will be here for each other no matter what the challenges of the next few months.
May God bless you
Trinity Academy will close indefinitely from the end of the school day on Friday (20 March), in keeping with this evening’s announcement by the Government.
In line with the Government’s recommendations, we have made provision for the children of key workers and vulnerable children to be invited into school and taught in special classes. For all other students we will be running a virtual school using Microsoft Teams (a chat-based workspace that connects teachers with learners beyond the classroom) so that they continue working from home.
We understand that some of you may be worried about sending your children to school tomorrow and on Friday, but it’s important that those who are able to attend do so as we’ll be training them in the use of Microsoft Teams as part of our efforts to minimise the disruption to their education during this difficult and uncertain time. You may wish to watch this introduction to Microsoft Teams to get a feel for what’s coming.
We thank you for your co-operation and understanding. Rest assured that we will bring you more information over the coming days as we receive more detailed guidance from the Government.
Wednesday 18 March:
All domestic school trips and visits have been postponed. We are in constant communication with the IBT the tour operator for our France trip in July. Any cancellation of this trip will be communicated once we have the information. We must continue to plan as if it were to still be going ahead unless otherwise directed. We will of course communicate this out as soon as we know.
We have been asked by the local government to report on the number of cases of students and staff self-isolating. We have also been asked to report on the number of households self-isolating. This is to allow the local and national government to track the ‘symptom spread’.
From today, our attendance team will be phoning parents and carers of students who are self-isolating, and who go into self-isolation during the course of the day. We will be asking about the number of individuals in the household, the age range of the household and about any individuals who are in the ‘at risk’ categories. In line with government guidance, that this group includes those who are:
- Aged 70 or over
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds)
This information will be passed on to the local government on a daily basis to help the coordination of the response to COVID-19.
Our regular policy is to make contact with the parents and carers of any student who is absent on the day. However, we will be keeping a record of all households who are self-isolating and will only call on the first day of self-isolation.
All students and staff will receive training on the use of MS Teams. This is remote learning software that all our students are automatically signed up to. Online training information will be provided for those who are already self-isolating.
Students with chronic asthma should self-isolate.
At present, there are no plans to close Trinity Academy and we remain grateful for the continuing support of staff, parents and students.
Tuesday 17 March:
In keeping with the latest advice from the Government, we have made a number of changes to the school day to reduce the number of large gatherings. For the foreseeable future there will be no whole-school or whole-year assemblies, and instead of silent reading at lunch time students will spend time outdoors. Rewards events for Junior Academy, after-school enrichment activities and detentions are postponed for the foreseeable future. We are also postponing the Year 9 Parents Evening until the summer term. From this point, where possible we will hold all other meetings between parents and staff by phone rather than in person.
As many schools are doing, we are making preparations to offer our students remote learning opportunities should the Government advice change in the coming weeks, but for the time being the Government has indicated that all schools should remain open.
Monday 16 March:
We have no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and the Academy is open as normal.
We will keep our website updated on a daily basis. Please refer to it at 4pm each day.
Friday 28 February:
To keep all parents updated, we have asked two students to remain at home on a temporary basis because their parent has recently returned from Italy. We anticipate an all-clear following the parent’s test for the coronavirus, after which these students will return.
Update – Monday 2 March: Good news: Following a medical all clear, these students have been advised to return to school.