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May 2021

Parental Update – Covid Variant


Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a difficult week for many of us. For me this started on Sunday afternoon when I received a call from Public Health regarding a possible variant situation in the area. Since then I have attended numerous meetings and briefings. As you will appreciate the situation across the town has been developing by the hour. As a result, some of our plans had to be changed, often at the last minute. This is particularly relevant to those students who have had their isolations extended twice during this time. Please be assured that these were decisions beyond our control.

As you will now know, there have been several cases of the South African variant detected in certain areas of the town. Residents in these areas are being encouraged to have a PCR test, and a mobile testing unit has been set up for this purpose at The Abbey Stadium. There are different arrangements for students at the school, which are outlined below.

Year 9
All students in Year 9 should have received a PCR test delivered to their home address. This should be completed, as per the instructions that come with the test. Please remember to complete any personal information that may be required. These should be posted back using the envelope provided with the test.

Any year 9 students who have been learning from home over the last two weeks should return to school as normal on Monday, unless they have a positive test result or have Covid symptoms.

Year 10-13
This afternoon, we have had a number of PCR tests delivered to school.  On Monday these will be distributed to students in Years 10-13. These should be completed at home. Please remember to complete the information that goes with the test (name, address etc). DO NOT RETURN YOUR TEST BY POST. There will be collection bins in school into which students should put the completed tests. For Years 10 and 11, this will under the canopies at the start of the school day, so students should drop them off on their way into school. For Years 12 and 13, a collection bin will be located in the Sixth Form Centre. We are asking that these tests are returned on Tuesday, but there will be further collections during the week for students who forget.

It is really important that all students complete a test so that we can help eradicate this particular variant from our community. Staff will also be taking these tests. Thank you to all our students and families who have already taken the PCR tests sent to them or attended ‘surge testing’ at The Abbey Stadium. If test results (positive or negative) come back over the weekend please can we ask that they are emailed to [email protected]. Thank you for your support.

Face Coverings
On Monday 17th May, the nation moves to the next phase of returning to normal. For our community this has not come at a good time. Given the presence of the variant, and the measures being taken to control it, I have decided that students must continue to wear face coverings in corridors and indoor communal areas. This decision is supported by Public Health. I will review this at half term, in consultation with my colleagues in the public health team. My overriding priority is the health and wellbeing of the whole school community. I thank you for your support with this.

Thank you again for your continued support.


Best Wishes
Adrian Ward

Parental Update – Covid Variant2021-05-14T16:27:36+01:00

Confirmed cases of Covid-19


Dear Parents and carers

We have been informed of two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the school. Identified close contacts will have been contacted separately as these students need to isolate themselves, up to and including Sunday 9th May 2021. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to close the Y band of Year 9. Lessons will be taught on Teams, as they were throughout lockdown.  If students do not have access to a computer for remote learning, please contact Mrs Green. School will then try and provide a laptop.

Please can I remind you that students should be having two Lateral Flow Device Tests each week. This will help protect themselves, their families and the wider community. Should they have a positive test then we request this is reported immediately to the school, and that this is followed up with a confirmatory PCR test.

Lessons will return to normal. In school, from Monday 10th May 2021.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We appreciate this is not an ideal situation but the safety and welfare of students is our top priority.


Best wishes

Adrian Ward

Confirmed cases of Covid-192021-05-02T11:08:10+01:00

March 2021

Parental Update 3rd March 2021



Dear Parents, Carers and Students

As outlined in my letter last week, we have been working to ensure a safe return to face-to-face teaching in school next week. This update includes important information about how various aspects of school will work over the coming weeks. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with this. At the heart of the measures outlined below is a desire to protect the entire school community: students, staff and families. We have already lost some members of our community and it is the responsibility of all of us to try and avoid spreading the virus to other people.

LFD Testing
We are strongly encouraging all students to consent to Lateral Flow Device Tests (LFD) on their return to school. This will help protect the entire school community. Unfortunately, we have not received a reply from around 30{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of families, which we are following up with phone calls. This has delayed the publication of our testing timetable. However, 6th Form students were tested yesterday, and will be tested again on Friday before their return to lessons in school on Monday. The table below outlines the testing timetable and return to school dates for the other year groups. Individual emails will be sent to students having tests later this week, giving a time that they need to come to school. After the test is complete students will be sent home again. Each year group will then start face to face lessons in school on the day following the tests.

Year Group Day of first LFD test Day of return to lessons in school
11 Monday 8th March Tuesday 9th March
10 Tuesday 9th March Wednesday 10th March
9 Wednesday 10th March Thursday 11th March

Students who have consented to tests will then receive two more tests during the following two- week period. We hope that all tests will be completed by Thursday 18th March. After this, students will receive test kits to allow them to test at home. We will send more information regarding this next week. Parents and other family members of school aged children are also entitled to home test kits, although we are unable to supply these. Again, more information regarding this will follow.

We appreciate that some students are nervous about having a test, especially if they have not had one previously. Mrs Stephenson has kindly put together a video walkthrough of the process explain each stage and what to expect. Please see the video here.

If you are bringing your child into school on their testing day and wish to wait for them, please use the overflow carpark to park and wait.  This is through the Grove Street gates, turn right and go down the ramp, continue across the lower car park onto the overflow carpark.  There will be signposts showing the way.  Please do not use the top or bottom carparks and please wait in your car and do not come up to the testing station with your child.

Vulnerable and Critical Worker Provision
Onsite provision for vulnerable and critical worker students will stop on Friday 5th March. Students should then attend for testing and normal lessons with the rest of their year group.

On-line Learning
On-line remote lessons will continue for Year 10 students on Monday and Year 9 students on Monday and Tuesday.  During the testing days consolidated lessons will be uploaded and available to those students who are not being tested.

Face Coverings
You will no doubt have read much comment about the advice for high school students to wear face coverings in the classroom. I am extraordinarily disappointed in the government over the stance they have taken on this. When I wrote to you last week, our understanding was that this was compulsory.  Since then, ministers have been interviewed on a number of news outlets and said this is ‘strongly recommended’, leaving schools such as ours in a very difficult position. Although we are now unable to make this compulsory, we are asking students to do this. In order to make the school as safe as we can for the entire community, including the adults that work here, we are ‘strongly recommending’ students adhere to this guidance. Unfortunately, where parents and carers do not support this, the rest of the community (including other parents and carers) will have to accept this. It is not for the school to enforce a rule on which government is not prepared to be decisive.

However, the wearing of face coverings in all corridors and communal areas continues to be mandatory and we expect all students (unless they have an agreed exemption) to adhere to this.

Guidance on exemptions can be found here.

I would also remind students that wearing face coverings is mandatory in shops and on buses.

We are expecting students to return to school in full uniform.  However, we appreciate that at the current time obtaining new uniform may be difficult.  If you have any difficulties obtaining uniform, please email or telephone your child’s head of year.  A reminder that vivid coloured hair is not permitted, and neither are nose piercings.  This is particularly important in the Covid pandemic with potential transmission of Covid droplets.  We do not want children touching their noses.   We will accept a clear stud.

PE kit needs to worn on PE days.  Black tracksuit, sports leggings or jogging bottoms can we worn.  We would recommend wearing a coat, as windows and doors will be open in classrooms.  Hoodies are not permitted.

During the pandemic we have loaned laptops to students who needed them.  If your child has been loaned a laptop or wi-fi dongle then this needs to be returned to the school on the first day they attend face to face lessons.  Students can hand over the laptop before school to an ICT technician located in the Dining Hall or during registration in the Library. 

Bubbles, Timings and Entrances
As I outlined last week, we will be resuming the arrangements we had before Christmas. This means that students need to arrive at school at the same times as the Autumn Term and use the same entrances to school. We will continue to keep students in bubbles and with separate break/ lunchtimes until at least Easter.

I look forward to seeing all the students back in school next week. At last, it feels like there is some light at the end of the tunnel, so let’s make ensure we all play our part in making sure we don’t end up in yet another lockdown.


Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Adrian Ward

Parental Update 3rd March 20212021-03-03T16:28:43+00:00

February 2021



Dear Parents and Carers

The Prime Minister announced on Monday that, as expected, schools would return to face to face teaching from 8th March 2021. I am sure this is a huge relief to you and your families. Staff are also very pleased to be returning to some kind of ‘normal’ having done a tremendous job of teaching remotely since the start of term. Mr Johnson did not go into much detail in his announcement, and this detail has become apparent over the past 24 hours, so I think it important to draw a number of issues to your attention.

As you know we were planning to test students in school from the start of January, but this did not happen due to lockdown. There is now an expectation that secondary aged students (Years 7-13) will be tested THREE TIMES in the first two weeks on their return to school. This is not only a huge logistical exercise (around 3000 tests for our school) but also relies on parents and carers agreeing to this. Unfortunately we only received responses from around 40{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of families when we asked for this consent in January. In order to make the testing effective we need a much higher take up. If you have not responded, the link for consent is here.

We will be starting the testing next week for years 12 and 13 in order to get a head start. Sixth formers will have received an email regarding this, so please respond to Mr Petit by Friday 26th February at 3pm.

We will be contacting families over the coming days where we have not received a response regarding consent. Once the three tests have been carried out in school there is an expectation that students will then carry out tests at home. Again, we have very few details on this at present and I will write to you once we know more about how this will work.

Staggered Start
Given the huge number of tests that are potentially needed, we will be phasing the return of students during the week of the 8th March. Details about this will be sent out next week. I should also point out that as there is a need to test students three times during the first two weeks, lessons will inevitably be disrupted during this time.

Face Coverings
Revised guidance this week is that face coverings are now mandatory in all indoor spaces where a distance of two metres cannot be maintained (this will be in place until at least Easter). This means that face coverings will be required in lessons as well as in corridors. The exceptions to this are in practical PE lessons or when students are eating. We expect all students to adhere to this in order to maintain the safety of the whole school community. Staff will not necessarily wear a face covering when teaching at the front of the class but will do so when working more closely with students. This guidance will be reviewed by the government during the Easter holiday, so I will update as to whether this will need to continue in the longer term.

Bubbles and zones
We will be maintaining the same arrangements  (bubbles, zones, staggered breaks/lunchtimes) that we had in place last term, at least until the Easter holiday. We will also be continuing with our Covid mitigation measures in school. These include hand sanitising on entry and exit to rooms, social distancing whenever possible and ventilation of rooms.

I appreciate that students have limited access to some specialist facilities due to the zoning of the school, and so we will review this as soon as it is safe to do so. I hope to be able to move to a more ‘normal’ timetable for all students in the summer term.

Year 11 and 13 examinations
It was announced in January that examinations, as we know them, will not be taking place this year. We expect to hear the results of the consultation regarding the arrangements later this week, but it is likely that students will still need to sit some assessments in their subjects in order to support the grades teachers are giving them. It is vital, therefore, that students return to school with a real focus and purpose so that they are able to work with their teachers in the most productive ways possible over the final few months of this year.

I will write to you again next week with more details on how the testing and phased return of students will work.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing the students in just a few days’ time.


Best wishes

Adrian Ward

UPDATE ON RETURN TO SCHOOL 8th MARCH 20212021-02-26T12:04:33+00:00

January 2021

29th January 2021


Dear Parents and Carers

We have reached the end of the first month of this lockdown. I know this has been extremely challenging and I would like to thank you for the encouragement you have given your children, both in terms of home learning and emotional support. As a parent myself I know how difficult it is juggling the demands of a job with the needs of my family. I know that many of the staff are in the same position and so it is vital we continue to support one another during this time. Thank you.

Lockdown Extended
As you will be aware, it was announced on Monday that lockdown will be continuing beyond the half term holiday. We are due to have another announcement regarding this on 22nd February, with a possible – but not definite – return of schools from the 8th March.

I can also confirm that school will be closed to all students for half term, 15th– 19th February. We are expecting both staff and students to have a break from online working during this week.

GCSE and A level Consultation
The consultation period for arrangements regarding the awarding of GCSE and A level grades ends today. I then expect it to be some time (probably after half term) before we hear the detail of what these arrangements will be. As a result of this, and the current period of remote learning, we have decided to postpone both Year 11 and 13 Parents’ Evenings. We will reschedule these for a time when we have more information that we can share with both students and parents regarding the plans for awarding grades, and any potential implications for assessments in school.

It is clear that in this period of uncertainty, our usual written reports need to adapt. We are currently working on revising our reporting system to reflect the challenges of online learning and I hope to be able to update you on this after half term. Our priority in the first instance will be reporting on Year 11 and 13, given the situation they find themselves in.

Consolidation Lessons
I know that many of you appreciate the welfare calls being made by our Pastoral and SEND teams. These are also very helpful in enabling us to pick up issues that are emerging over time. Parents, students and teachers have all expressed concerns about the amount of ‘screen time’ the current situation is causing. We have therefore decided to introduce ‘consolidation lessons’ from next week. These will be lessons where teachers set a task (often away from a screen) where students will have time to practice things that have been taught in lessons. Hopefully this will not only help with the learning process but will also introduce some variety into the learning patterns students are experiencing. We will monitor how this works over the next two weeks.

Thank you for your ongoing support,


Adrian Ward

29th January 20212021-01-29T15:02:28+00:00

School Closed Monday 25th January


Dear Parents/Carers
Given the snow today and that predicted overnight temperatures will be well below zero, we will not be opening the school to students or staff tomorrow. Lessons will continue to be taught remotely. Students who normally come in to school will need to remain at home. We apologise for the inconvenience but hope to be operating as normal again on Tuesday.
Best wishes
Adrian Ward
School Closed Monday 25th January2021-01-24T14:11:26+00:00

22nd January 2021


Remote Learning Assessment Arrangements
First, we want to thank you for your contribution to the success of our remote learning provision. We appreciate the many challenges that families face with home schooling and we are very grateful for your ongoing support in the continuation our young people’s education.

Now that the routines for online lessons have been established, we want to let you know how your child will be assessed during this period of remote learning. Assessment is fundamental to our students’ progress and so we would appreciate your support in making the process as effective as possible.

Years 11 and 13
You are no doubt aware that GCSE and A level examinations will not go ahead as originally planned this summer. Further details on this follow later in this letter. Coursework elements of subjects will be completed as normal, but for those subjects which would usually comprise of an examination, the way final grades will be derived has changed. There are a number of things that we do not yet know. We do not know the format of any assessments that students will complete; how many pieces of evidence we will need to collate per student, per subject; whether the exam boards or teachers will set the assessments or when and where these will be completed and marked. However, what we do know is that for Year 11 and 13, the work towards their final qualifications is not complete. We will need to have broad evidence base, in order that their final grade can be awarded. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that, during this period of remote learning, we provide our students with assessment opportunities, so that they can practice using their knowledge and skills and so that we can provide them with the feedback they need to make further progress towards their target grades.

We plan for our Year 11 and 13 students to complete two short, exam style assessments per examination subject, during this period of home learning, on which they will receive feedback. They will not be graded, however, because grades can only be derived from a collection of responses, covering a broad scope of the curriculum studied.

Therefore, we hope you agree that attendance to all online lessons is very important. Examinations aside, remaining engaged in education is vital preparation for the next steps in our young people’s lives, whether that be University, A levels or apprenticeship.

Years 9, 10 and 12
Students in Year 9, 10 and 12 are also facing considerable challenges in continuing to progress through the curriculum. Therefore, it is vitally important that we assess the progress they have made during this period of home learning, so that we can plan to address areas of weaker knowledge and misconceptions and so that our students have the necessary feedback to make further progress.

We will assess our students, formatively, on a lesson by lesson basis, using questions and low stakes quizzes. We also plan for our students to complete one significant written assessment per non-practical subject, whilst we are remote learning. Each assessed piece of work will receive feedback.

Our Year 9, 10 and 12 students still have a significant proportion of the curriculum yet to study, and so it is very important that they attend their live lessons, wherever possible; use the recorded lesson to catch up on lessons they have had to miss and, if completing work using paper resources, that they complete and return their work for timely feedback.


Attendance in remote lessons 
In order to ensure that we provide the best education and care that we can at this challenging time, we are monitoring attendance to remote lessons. We are texting parents or carers when their child has not attended one or more lessons on the previous day. We are doing this as a supportive measure so that we can identify students who may need extra support or who might be experiencing technical issues that we can assist with. Our Pastoral Team are continuing to contact our student cohort but as mentioned in my previous bulletin, this is a huge undertaking with the numbers of students on roll. Please continue to contact your child’s Head of Year, should you need assistance.

To help school, we would ask parents and carers to contact us in the usual way if your child is unable to attend lessons (for example if they are unwell). This will help avoid unnecessary calls home and ensure teachers are aware if students are absent for a particular reason.


Exams consultation
As you will now be aware, the government have cancelled GCSE and A level exams this summer. However, as predicted the methodology for awarding grades to students appears to be very complicated. One suggestion is to ask all students to sit assessments set by the exam boards to ‘assist’ teachers in awarding grades. That sounds awfully like exams to me, which we were previously told had been cancelled.

The consultation on this is live until next Friday, 29th January. I would encourage all parents and carers to read this and respond. Unfortunately, the consultation is very lengthy, and the cynic in me would say this is to put people off responding.

The consultation can be found here:

The documentation can be found here:


Year 9 Options
The Year 9 Options process has now started. Over the next few weeks you will receive a number of emails and reminders on how the process will work remotely. We are currently uploading subject Information videos to our website and these will be ready by the end of next week. You will also be receiving the Year 9 Options Pathway Booklet for this year by email.



Best wishes

Adrian Ward

22nd January 20212021-01-22T17:42:26+00:00

Lockdown Update 9th January 2021


Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to start by thanking you for the support you have given the school this week, in what have been very difficult circumstances. As you know, on Monday we returned with a plan to start mass testing, and by 8pm we were in another lockdown. I would also like to pay huge respect to my staff who have managed the situation with great professionalism. The remote learning they are providing is very difficult to deliver and I know that many of you appreciate the lengths staff are going to in providing as ‘normal’ a timetable as they possibly can.

I cannot stress how important it is that students attend remote learning every day, as well as logging in for tutor time each day. At the moment we do not know how long this situation will last. Following on from the previous lockdown it is vital that we minimise any more learning loss, which is why Trinity staff are putting in so much effort to make online lessons as interactive as possible.

From Monday we are going to run all year groups to the same times of day. This will help with staffing our school rota for vulnerable and key worker children. The times will be as follows:

Feedback from students and staff is that lessons need to be slightly shorter when doing remote learning to allow people to ‘move around’ and get away from the screen. We have therefore shortened lessons by 10 minutes to help with this.

We have some Parents’ ‘evenings’ coming up over the next few weeks. Bookings are now open for Year 10 and Year 9. In order to help staff manage work and family life, I have decided to change the start time of these to 2-30pm so that they finish earlier. I am sure you will agree that teaching from a computer, from 8-45am and then having online consultations until 7pm is unacceptable. Thank you for your support and cooperation with this. This means that teaching on these days will finish at the end of Period 4 (1.25pm). This will also apply to vulnerable and key worker students in school, who will also finish at lunchtime.

Year 11 and 13 examinations
Not only did we go into lockdown with no notice this week, but we were also told that examinations for Year 11 and 13 this summer are cancelled. I think it important to stress that this does not mean there will not be any assessments. Grades will again be based on teacher assessments, but we await details on how this will work. It will be around another month before we are given any detail, and it is essential that student continue to attend lessons, and work as hard as possible. Without question, schools will have to produce evidence of how our grades have been awarded and given the disruption to Year 10 and 12 last year, we really need students to work to the best of their ability throughout this difficult time. We were due to have mock exams this month, but these have been postponed. It is likely that we will rearrange these at some point and we will write to you with details on this when we know more about when lockdown will end.

Vulnerable and Key Worker Students
We all know that the new strain of coronavirus is far more infectious than anything we have previously seen. The numbers of infections in Redditch are now much higher than the average for England. At the time of writing, Redditch stands at 617 cases per 100,000 of the population. This is the highest it has ever been and has more than doubled in a week. The government have launched a new campaign urging people to stay at home whenever possible. It is therefore vital that if your child is able to work from home then they do so. I have a duty of care to both students and staff. We MUST minimise the number of students and staff that are in school in order to minimise the risks. Unfortunately, the numbers of parents requesting places at schools during this lockdown has significantly increased and this places considerable strain on the system. In our situation, if staff need to supervise students in school then, inevitably they would be unable to deliver the same quality of remote lessons. At the moment we are managing this demand, but we have had to increase our staff rota for next week already. Please keep your children at home if at all possible.

For students who are in school we are introducing Coronavirus testing starting on Monday. We have contacted families involved separately and I would encourage all students in school to take part in order to protect themselves and everyone else. The testing is being offered to staff as well.

Devices and Connectivity
We have a limited supply of digital devices which we are prioritising for students with no access at present. Rachel MacLean (MP for Redditch) has contacted the Department for Education on our behalf to try and get us more devices. We hope to hear about these in the near future.

Some mobile phone companies have said they will help with increased data allowances, where students rely on mobile phones for connecting to the internet. Mr Khawaja has created a form to collect information from parents who may need help with this. The link for this is here.

Thank you
A huge and heartfelt thank you to those of you who answered my plea for volunteers to help with Coronavirus testing. I was very moved by the number of offers I received, and it shows what a wonderful school community we have here at Trinity. As we are now in lockdown, we will not be rolling out testing at a whole school level. However, it is likely that we will need to do this when we return, at which point we will need additional support to make this work.

Sad News
Unfortunately, I do need to pass on some very sad news. Many of you will have read about the sudden death of Emma Reilly this week. Emma was not only a previous student of the school, but she was also a highly valued member of staff who worked in our SEND department for several years. More recently Emma had moved to Manchester where she lived with her husband and young son. Emma contracted coronavirus at Christmas and tragically died in hospital this week. I am sure you all join me in sending our condolences to her family. A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family, and the link is:

Thank you for all your support, both of the school and as home schoolers. This is an incredibly tough time for everyone but we are a very strong and resilient school community.

We will be making welfare calls to students over the coming weeks, in addition to the online lessons and tutor periods. This is a huge task, as we have almost 1000 students in the school and it may take a little while before some of you get a call. However, if there is anything urgent please contact your child’s head of year, or email [email protected].

Thank you.

Stay Safe.

Adrian Ward

Lockdown Update 9th January 20212021-01-09T18:18:23+00:00

Monday 4th January 2020


Dear Parents and Carers

Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, I am writing to confirm what we know at this point. Schools will be teaching remotely for all year groups for the rest of this half term. This is until mid-February. We will continue to provide on-site provision for the children of key workers, vulnerable students and students with EHCPs. A small number of you have confirmed you would like this provision and we will be here to welcome your children tomorrow. Please contact the school if you no longer wish to send your child in.

Given the rapid change to what has been planned, we will no longer be teaching online tomorrow. This will start for all students on WEDNESDAY, to allow staff time to collect resources, equipment and books that they need in order to teach online.

I will write to you again tomorrow (Tuesday) to give you a further update. This will include anything we hear regarding arrangements for examinations for students in January and in the summer.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Adrian Ward

Monday 4th January 20202021-01-04T21:11:35+00:00



We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. You may have heard that testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.

Here is an instructional leaflet with some more information.

Those taking the test will be supervised by staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. For under 18s, staff can oversee the swab process. Staff will not assist you with the test. They are there to supervise only.

Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with staff and pupils participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or carers will also be informed.

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