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Update 25th March 2020

Safeguarding update

Our teams are making calls to ensure all our families are safe and well.
So if you have a missed call or a text from a number you do not recognise, it is probably from us.
Please let us know how you are doing!

Letter to all parents & carers from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.
Today, we received a letter from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.
It is addressed to all parents, carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The letter signposts key Covid-19 guidance published over the past week and you may find it useful.
Click here to read.

Free School Meals Vouchers for Trinity Academy Newcastle and Trinity Academy New Bridge
From Wednesday 25th March 2020 until further notice, we are providing Asda vouchers (instead of providing a packed lunch for learners who are eligible for free school meals). These vouchers cover four weeks’ worth of free school meals.
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Any learner attending school during this period will need to bring a packed lunch into school with them as the school kitchens will be temporarily closed.

Coronavirus Update 24th March 2020

Trinity Academy Newcastle Lower Site Closure
From Tuesday 24th March, the Trinity Academy Newcastle Lower Site (previously known as Deneview) will be closed until further notice. Local Authority SEN Transport is aware of this and children are being transported directly to our Upper school site, where they will be attending until further notice.

Free School Meals For Children On Roll at Trinity Academy Newcastle and Trinity Academy New Bridge
We are currently working with Asda to provide supermarket vouchers for learners entitled to Free School Meals. Further information to follow on when and how this will happen.

Coronavirus Update - 23rd March 2020

Trinity Solutions Academy and Post 16 Ltd has now closed until further notice.

Coronavirus Update – 20th March 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners across Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust,

You may have heard in the news that Schools in the UK are to shut from Friday until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. As a special school, we will remain open as long as it is safe and viable to do so.

We will keep our social media and this section updated with our latest actions and decisions during this pandemic.

Safeguarding

Our safeguarding teams continue to operate as normal, so please do contact us should you have any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a child. Additionally, we have made a list of local safeguarding provisions in the unlikely event of not being able to contact our teams.

Exams

I also have an update on the exams the learners have been working so hard for. The DfE has announced that all Primary (SATs) and Secondary exams are not going ahead this summer. The DfE and Ofqual are working on plans to ensure our learners get the qualifications they need to move on to the next phase of their lives.

Self-Isolating

Students that should attend, but are self-isolating due to them or a family member being affected by Coronavirus, must not return to their provision until after 14 days. Any students who return before this period will be sent home.

In the meanwhile, for those who have understandably chosen to self-isolate your children, we have prepared work packs for every year group so the learners do not miss out key developmental milestones in their educational journey. These will be sent out by post and you will also find downloadable copies by clicking the links below…

Free School Meals

Trinity Academy Newcastle: For those students self-isolating, a packed lunch will be delivered to your door from Monday 23rd March 2020. We will notify you of any changes to this.

Trinity Academy New Bridge: For those students self-isolating, a packed lunch will be delivered to your door from Monday 23rd March 2020. We will notify you of any changes to this.

Post-16 learners

From Friday 20th March 2020, Trinity Solutions Academy will be closed for all students other than those students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

For those eligible for bursaries and/or Free School Meals, the payments will continue as normal. For those learners who are not expected to travel to college, no travel reimbursements will take place.

For students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, Trinity Solutions Academy and Post-16 Solutions Ltd. will remain open as usual. There is no change to their Bursary, Free School Meals or Travel payments.

Students that should attend, but are self-isolating due to them or a family member being affected by Coronavirus will receive Bursary and Free School Meals payment, but no travel reimbursement.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust


Update 16 March 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Learners across Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust,

I wanted to write to you at this time as you may understandably be feeling anxious about COVID-19 and what might happen in the coming days and weeks.

Firstly, at the moment we are not aware of anyone who has been tested positive among the Trust community and therefore it is important that we continue to operate as normal for as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Secondly, I can assure you that colleagues across the Trust are working hard to put plans in place so that we can be ready to deal with whatever the government and Public Health England advises. This might include extending the Easter break for students, moving to remote delivery of teaching and learning resources (through Doddle, electronic “packs”, etc.), increasing homeworking where appropriate, or reducing school activities that bring with it a higher risk of contracting the virus.

Lastly, we are working closely with awarding bodies to ensure no learner is disadvantaged by the adverse effects of this pandemic. Our advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other qualification assessments as normal.

This week, our GCSE candidates are scheduled to undertake “mock” exams under strict exam conditions, which will be marked and moderated using the same criteria as the awarding bodies’. While we cannot guarantee whether this will become an acceptable body of evidence for the candidates’ skills, knowledge and abilities; we are going forward with this as an important mitigating action for three risks.

  • The first, however unlikely, is complete school closure over the exams season.
  • The second risk is the candidate contracting the infection over the exams season and being unable to complete the exam.
  • The third risk is the candidate (or their family) contracts the virus and is otherwise not able to fully engage with teaching and learning, thus affecting their performance.

The Trust is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact and doing all it can to keep its learners safe.This statement will be regularly updated as the latest advice from the Department for Education, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), World Health Organisation (WHO) ,Public Health England (PHE), the Joint Council of Qualifications (JCQ) and Ofqual. Our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our community, and as part of this I would encourage everyone to be thoughtful and supportive towards each other and ensure that we remain the diverse, welcoming, and affirming community that we are all so proud of. The attached WHO advice around protecting our mental health in relation to COVID-19 is also particularly helpful.

Best wishes,

William Curley

CEO, Trinity Academy Newcastle Trust