Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

I hope you have had a good week. Despite what the media would have you believe, we have been working flat out since lockdown began (personally I would far rather be in school with everyone, rather than trying to run what is now in effect multiple schools – home school, virtual school and in school lessons), and I would like to give a huge thank you to all the staff at the school for their considerable efforts at this challenging time. We appreciate that this has not been easy for you either and I would like to thank you all for your support and feedback throughout this period.

We are delighted to be opening next week, albeit in a very measured and phased way, to Year 10 and 12 students. You should all have received your individual invitations on Wednesday. I would reiterate that these sessions are designed to support the work you are doing at home, and we hope to provide all Year 10 and 12 students with these sessions each week. This is not a social opportunity. Students must only attend on their allocated day and time, and strict social distancing will be observed by everyone.

Thank you to those of you who have already responded. If you have not yet responded please do so by 3.00pm today. It is important to have a reply from everyone in Year 10 and 12, whether you intend to come in or not. I look forward to seeing many of you next week.

We are encouraging all those students who are coming in to either walk, cycle or be dropped off (Lidl car park please, although we have been warned of fines being issued to people parked there but shopping in the town). If students have to travel on public transport then they will need to adhere to the bus company regulations. From Monday this will involve wearing a face covering.

Below is the guidance from the Local Authority about wearing face coverings safely. I also include some visual guidance kindly given to us by one of our parents which I hope you will find helpful.

Wearing a face covering (Guidance from Local Authority)

  • A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
  • Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose. Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
  • You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.
  • When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends
  • When traveling in taxis or private hire vehicles your child should follow the advice of the driver. For example, they may be asked to sit in the back left hand seat if travelling alone. If they need to be near other people they should avoid physical contact, try not to be face to face with other people, and keep the time spent near other people as short as possible. Be aware of the surfaces they or others touch.

We are not providing any mask disposal bins in school, so students who wear them need to take these home, in a plastic bag, and dispose of them safely.

Year 9 will see some changes to the work being set over the next few weeks. We appreciate that it is unlikely they will be returning to school before September. We have therefore decided to focus on the core subjects plus those subjects which students have chosen to study in Year 10 (either Geography or History, plus the other option subjects). Staff are currently preparing transition projects for them to start working on, so expect these to start appearing over the next week or so. This will obviously mean that some students will now be set work by teachers who don’t teach them yet, so please bear with us while we all get to know the students in our new classes.

For those of you with Year 8 children coming to Trinity, Mrs Stephenson is preparing all the transition information that you will need. Again, we will not currently be able to offer any in school transition, but we are producing some virtual transition materials, including a guided tour of school by two of our current students.

As you know, we lost our dear colleague Paul Rickard recently. It was his funeral yesterday and although we were unable to attend due to current restrictions, the coffin did pass by school on its way to the funeral. Thank you to so many staff, past and present, and friends of Paul who were able to join us to give him a round of applause as he passed by the school.  

I hope you are all able to enjoy a restful weekend and I look forward to seeing Year 10 and 12 at some point during the next week.

With very best wishes

Adrian Ward