Principal’s Blog: Issue 5

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I’m delighted to be writing this blog in such a strong position. This edition’s purpose is to let everyone see the amazing group of teachers we have recently added to our earlier additions to #TeamTrinity. It is a privilege as a Principal to hold recruitment events where I can listen to and meet professionals who are so committed to the job, to children and wanting to be part of our community. I hope you enjoy reading each colleagues introduction and we all look forward to meeting in person next year.

National offer day is here! We are extremely excited that we finally know who our founding members are and can’t wait to start this incredible journey with you all. September can’t come soon enough! Please send us an email if you have any questions or would like to chat about your Year 7 place. We’d love to hear from you!

Easter competition

I would like to launch a new competition as we lead up to Easter. I am asking our children to come up with a STEM related Easter egg design competition. This can be either decorating a real (hard boiled!) egg or it can be created electronically. Entries must include a photo of the design with the child who created it and brief explanation of what STEM idea it relates to. Our winner will be chosen just before the Easter break, so the deadline is Thursday 25th April. The winner will be presented with a £20 Amazon voucher and a giant Easter Egg. Good luck and I can’t wait to see the designs – as before please send them to the contact us email address:

NEW! Team members

Curriculum Leader of English | Amy Harkins

I am extremely thrilled to join Team Trinity and to start my role as Curriculum Leader of English at Trinity Academy St Edward’s. I have worked in Barnsley for most of my career and I am really looking forward to being a part of the community alongside the founding cohort of students.

Having studied both English Language and Literature at University, I am extremely passionate about my subject. It is far too difficult to pinpoint one favourite text; ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Hamlet’ are to name a few! I love to read books from the thriller genre in my spare time; I enjoy the tense anticipation of solving a mystery. I believe that everyone can immerse themselves into the subject and develop an appreciation for English. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing students critique Literature and explore their own style of writing. I am currently an Assistant Subject Leader where I have had the fantastic opportunity to design and develop schemes of learning, deliver CPD training on AQA exams, and work with many innovative and inspirational teachers.

Hopefully, I will be getting married in summer and will start my new role in September as Mrs Minney. During the holidays and weekends, I like to explore new places with my dog, family, and friends. I enjoy baking and crafting at home and I cannot wait to be involved in the extra-curricular activities on offer at TAB. My vision is to ensure that the English team will expose students to a broad range of opportunities such as, creating origami and writing haikus to give students a taste of different cultures.

I look forward to meeting you all in September.

Curriculum Leader Humanities | Shona Easton

I am so excited to be part of Trinity Barnsley, in my role as Curriculum Leader of the Humanities department. Being Barnsley born and bred I am passionate about bringing local history to life and ensuring young people from this area have incredible opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Throughout my career I have taught History and Classical Civilisations, as well as having the excellent opportunity to build and develop schemes of work based around SMSC and PHSE. Most recently I have acted as a professional mentor for trainee teachers, it has been incredible to work with talented individuals in the early stages of their career.

I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing, so I am studying for a Masters in Leadership of Mental Health in Education through Leeds Beckett University. It is important to recognise the impact a great school experience can have on the wellbeing of young people, something which will be key in the upcoming months. In my spare time I love to read and I am currently researching and writing my own book about people who survived the Holocaust whilst dealing with diabetes. Inspired by numerous visits I have been fortunate enough to take pupils on in the past. Reading for pleasure is a passion of mine that I look forward to sharing with pupils at TAB.

Humanities teacher | Simon Davies

I am incredibly privileged, proud and excited to be a founding member of the teaching cohort, having been appointed the Teacher of Humanities. Currently, I am completing a PGDE at the University of Sheffield, come September I will be embarking on a career in teaching. This is extra special for me, as not only do I have the joy of a brand new school, I know this school will have a tremendous impact on the Barnsley community.

To me, Trinity Academy St Edward’s is all about delivering and upholding outstanding standards of excellence. Having spent six years working at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, one the finest in Europe and more recently Adidas, I am deeply aligned to these values. I hope my own experiences will enable students to create life changing experiences of their own. September cannot come soon enough #teamtrinity.

Maths teacher | Hayley Millthorpe

September cannot come fast enough for me! I am incredibly excited to meet the first cohort of students and take the first steps on this amazing journey. I began teaching in 2014 with most of my experience being in Barnsley schools. I have worked extensively with year 7 and 8 whilst also teaching GCSE classes and marking GCSE exams. In my current and previous roles, I have developed transition from primary to secondary, developed teaching practices amongst colleagues and led whole school numeracy.

Being numerate is a fundamental skill which I honestly believe everyone can achieve. I ensure all my students are confident, mathematical thinkers that achieve their full potential. My classroom will always be a place of warmth and positivity where students can share ideas and grow. Aside from my love of mathematics and teaching I love to spend my free time walking my dog and doing taekwondo.

Subject Co-ordinator MFL | Jennie Skitt

I am really excited at being involved in the development of something so new and can’t wait to meet our first cohort at Trinity Academy St Edward’s. I have been teaching in Sheffield for 10 years and for 9 years have been Subject Leader of French. During my time at my current school I have been involved in a number of different areas of school; lead coach, NQT and ITT mentor and a secondment as assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning) and I look forward to bringing these skills with me to #TAB.

My passion for languages started at secondary school myself and has continued to grow through my own studies, my time spent in France and now in teaching my subject. My aim for the French department is for our students to develop the same love of language learning through engaging them not only in the language but also in the cultures of Francophone countries. Interactive, challenging and varied lessons supported by extra-curricular activities are some of the ways that will help our students to develop as linguists. My aim is that all students enjoy language learning and that they have the ability to continue with language learning post 16.

In any free time I have, I enjoy going to the gym; especially Zumba classes. I’m continuing to develop my own language skills by learning Italian and I also love to read. The rest of my time is spent running my own children to football matches and dancing classes! I look forward to meeting you all! A bientôt!

We are delighted to welcome such a fantastic group of teachers to #TEAMTRINITY

Thank you for reading my latest blog,
Mark Allen.

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