Principal’s Blog: Issue 7

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Welcome to my seventh blog. I really do hope that all our families had a restful and enjoyable Easter break. The timing of easing the lockdown has certainly helped and I hope all of you had some good outside time with friends and family. I have really enjoyed reading all the ‘All About Me’ forms that our Y6 have been filling in. Please make sure you send them across as soon as you can. This blog is designed to give you a little bit more information about September and to introduce another new Governor plus a few other items of information. I hope it is useful, as ever, please get in touch via the contact us email address at the bottom of the page with any questions. Watch out for a Transition booklet containing lots more information that will be emailed to parents/carers over the next few weeks.


We’re incredibly excited that our uniform is now ready! Check out the item list below which provides uniform details and prices. We can’t wait to see you all looking smart in September! From the end of July 2021 you will be able to purchase the uniform from 25 New street, Barnsley, S70 1RZ. We will provide much more information within our Transition booklet that will be available soon.

TASE Branded Academy Blazer –All pupils must wear a black blazer, with red piping and the academy logo. From £34.99

TASE Tie – Academy ties must be worn at all times. £6.99

Shirts/Blouses –All pupils must wear a white cotton shirt or blouse with a buttoned collar. This can be long or short-sleeved. Any retailer

Trousers – Trousers for both girls and boys must be straight-legged, black polyester or cotton material. Any retailer

Skirts – Only a black, pleated, knee-length skirt is to be worn. Black tights must be worn at all times. Any retailer

Shoes – Shoes must be all black, flat and without any buckles/logos or decorative features. Any retailer


Huge congratulations to Ryan France who won our Easter Egg STEM design competition!

For our next competition, write a persuasive argument to Mr Allen to ask Boris Johnson why we should be allowed to take our summer holidays abroad this year. In your argument, explain why you think holidays should go ahead, where should be open and how you would ensure everyone is safe when they return to school in September. Get your writing and thinking caps on and send your entries to the contact us email. The winner will be given a £20 Amazon voucher! Good luck.

Primary visits

Mrs Gilmore, our Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, has started her role and we have been really excited to arrange visits to all our Primary schools to meet all our wonderful children and their Y6 teachers. If we haven’t been to your school yet, look out for us, we’ll be coming soon. While on our visits we have been presenting everyone with their ‘Founding Member’ badge (photo above) and we cant wait to see them worn on your blazers in September. While visiting we have answered lots of questions, so please don’t be afraid to ask when we come and visit. No question is a silly question. One thing we have learnt is that you are all as excited as we are!

Parents’ Information Evening

We will be holding a socially distanced information evenings on May 26th and 27th at Emmanuel Church, Huddersfield Rd, Barnsley S75 1DT. I will be sending a detailed letter out shortly via email to confirm how to book a slot and the information we will be sharing.

Primary transition

In the summer term we will hopefully be able to arrange a transition day when we invite children from certain primary schools, on certain days, to take part in some team building activities and to start to get used to what life at Trinity Academy St Edwards will be like. We hope that COVID easing will mean we can find a location and have greater numbers. Please watch this space for information.

Spotlight on…

Governor | Louise Quinn

My name is Louise Quinn, and it is a privilege to be appointed as a Governor at Trinity Academy St. Edward’s.  As a parent of two children, I am delighted to be part of the development of a new secondary school in Barnsley and am excited to see the school grow and develop over the coming years.

Although not originally from Barnsley, I have lived here for 17 years, working in education for 20 years primarily in Wakefield.  I am currently Headteacher of a special school and have been a Governor in a Mult-Academy Trust in Wakefield for the past 4 years.  Being a Governor allows me not only to share my experience and expertise, but also continue to learn and develop my skills.

Having taught in both mainstream and special education I am confident that this experience will ensure I can provide both support and challenge to the team at Trinity St. Edward’s. I attended my first meeting as a Governor in March 2021 and hearing about the quality of leaders and teachers who have been appointed, the ethos, high expectations, extra-curricular offer, and STEM specialism left me wishing I could go back to school again!  The planned curriculum and experiences available to the students from September 2021 is first class and I cannot wait to undertake a Governor visit to see the school in action.


Many thanks for reading my seventh blog,

Mark Allen