Principal’s Blog: Issue 6

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It is a such a great position to be in writing this. We have our founding cohort and can now really start to meet you all and begin to work more intensely on transition for your children over the coming months. It has been so nice to meet some of you virtually over the past week and also to speak to some of you on the phone. Please do get in touch via the contact us email if you have any questions, no matter how big or small, and I will get back to you. I look forward to meeting all the children over the coming weeks as I visit Primary schools and houses to deliver your founding member badge.

I am delighted to announce our new Academy name. We launched this on our webinar after national offer day. We will now be known as Trinity Academy St Edward’s. This name has been decided upon through discussion with the Diocese and and we feel it reflects everything about the academy being a community academy. St Edward’s is our local parish and we wanted to take the name to reflect this.

Next steps

We have sent out a welcome pack in the post for you along with a few goodies for you to use and to keep you going, I hope you like these. Over the next month I will be speaking to all Primary schools and finding out more information about you all while doing my visits. We will then try and plan some transition events for you in the summer term, COVID dependent. Parents/carers please keep checking the website Transition page for up to date news! We will soon be posting details of the school day and where to buy the uniform your children will need. We’ve also recently had some great meetings with our Governing body to discuss some of our future steps! Exciting times.

House vote

Please look out for an email soon where I will ask all children to vote for their favourite House design. We will then produce badges and designs for the idea that wins. In the summer term we will start to put you in a House ready for September. Check out some entries below…


Y6 don’t forget the Easter competition! Get all entries in as soon as you can via our email. I look forward to seeing them and picking a winner.

NEW! Team members


Teacher of Science | Louise Clapham

After being born and raised in Barnsley myself, I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at Trinity Academy Barnsley, offering life changing opportunities to our town’s young people. I joined Trinity Mat in 2019 as a science teacher at Trinity Academy Cathedral, in Wakefield, where I teach biology, chemistry and physics. I have supported the department with development of the curriculum, particularly enhancing the school’s extracurricular offer by running groups such as Stemettes, Coding Club, Science Club and promoting careers.

I have always been passionate about science, but I have a particular interest for increasing awareness of opportunities for girls to get involved in STEM subjects and also embedding space science in all areas of the school curriculum. Every day I cherish the opportunity I have to pass on my enthusiasm for science and help my pupils to understand the amazing science that is all around us. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing with a good romance novel (my favourite is P.S I Love You). I also (try to) run with my local running club, and go to ParkRun in Locke Park on a Saturday.


Teacher of English | Ealee Christian

I am delighted to be able to formally introduce myself as a member of the #TeamTrinity Barnsley English Department. I am thrilled to be part of the adventure of this new and dynamic school, and I cannot wait to get started!  I completed my degree at York St. John University and I completed my teacher training with Teach First and Sheffield Hallam University.

I have worked extensively with KS3, and I am thoroughly looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of pupils in September.  As a Creative Writing specialist I am passionate about the subject, and I enjoy exploring pupils’ imagination and creativity.  I find it incredibly rewarding to watch students embrace new concepts and ideas and apply them to their creative work.  I am keen to introduce students to other cultures through literature, and I hope to be able to run some extra-curricular activities surrounding debate and discussion.

I am from the Isle of Man, so I understand first hand the importance of a close-knit community, and how vital it is for students’ development.  As such, the atmosphere in my classroom is always warm and welcoming, and I am always keen to develop as an educator to provide the best possible experience for my students.

I am an avid reader; some personal favourites include ‘The Book of Dust’ and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. I particularly enjoy fantasy and adventure novels, especially if they are set in a different time period.  I am always working on my own creative projects – I love scriptwriting and screenwriting! I cannot wait to meet you all in September!

Governor | Vicar Tim Stevens

As both the vicar of Darton with Staincross and Mapplewell and as a parent of two young children, I have a very keen interest in education in Barnsley, and want to be able to support our young people in achieving all that they are able.  I have previous experience of school governance in both primary and secondary schools, including having been a governor of Trinity Cathedral Academy, as a result of which I hold the Trinity Multi Academy Trust in very high regard.  Prior to my ordination in 2016 I have worked in the business sector with responsibility for delivering projects to time and budget, and have experience of balancing the needs of stakeholders in major projects.  Now as a vicar, I believe in offering the best opportunities we can to our community, and I have every confidence that Trinity St Edwards will bring an opportunity to the young people in the community of Barnsley which will enable them to grow in a loving environment where they are challenged to be the best they can, and I look forward to being a part of this exciting future.


Many thanks for reading my sixth blog,

Mark Allen

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