Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

More information on Government's latest guidance regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Updated guidance for parents and carers

Department for Education have updated their guidance on 3rd February 2021 for parents and carers on what they need to know about schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This update provides information on the national restrictions that came into force on 4th January 2021.

Asymptomatic testing for parents and carers

NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. 

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles. 
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
through your employer, if they offer testing to employees
by collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests
by ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Opening Risk Assessment

Our current risk assessment is available here.

Behaviour Update

Trinity Academy is committed to providing a safe, secure and caring environment in which all pupils can thrive and achieve their full potential. This requires the highest possible standards of behaviour from all involved in the school community, including pupils. The culture will be one of zero tolerance and no excuses within a supportive, encouraging environment with a focus on pastoral care for its members. Underpinning this policy are the Trinity Academy Values of Wisdom, Fairness, Courage and Self-Discipline.

Trinity Academy Behaviour Addendum Full Opening 26 08 2020

Trinity Academy Remote Learning

Our Remote Learning mirrors the normal daily timetable in school with registration and 6 live online lessons per day, for every child in every year group. So, if a child normally has Maths during Period 2 on Tuesday, that child will still have Maths during Period 2 on Tuesday, only now it is delivered remotely. By following the timetable, your child has only to enter the correct class at the correct time on Google Classroom and they will be provided with a link to the live online session.

The timings of the lessons remain the same; however, the structure and length of lessons have been altered slightly. Lessons will begin with a Do Now Activity, familiar to pupils as part of their routine before lockdown. The Do Now Activity will link their learning to prior knowledge and recap useful information for the lesson. This is then followed by a minimum of 15 minutes of teaching and an independent task for pupils to complete. During the independent task, teachers remain available to pupils to answer questions via the Chat Function. For a double lesson, these times are either doubled or delivered as two single-lessons. Each lesson will end with a five-question exit card to assess the learning of the lesson. The reason lessons are slightly shorter than they would be in school is to give pupils frequent breaks from their screens and devices; however, the amount of work pupils are expected to complete remains the same.

Our teachers have been working hard adapting their lessons and how they deliver knowledge. To help support engagement within lessons, teachers will pause often and ask pupils to contribute by using the chat function. We are continuing to explore emerging functions within Google Classroom to further support independent work. By using individualised Google Docs teachers can live mark key pieces of work following the Academy’s usual marking policy guidelines. 

Finally, there may be occasions during this period of school closure when teachers become ill and are unable to teach their lessons. When this happens we will do our best to merge these lessons with another subject-specialist teacher, or if that is not possible, sufficient work will be placed on Google Classroom by either the teacher or their Head of Department. 

100% attendance is the expectation for every pupil so that great teaching and learning happens every day under the present circumstances.