You might have seen Trinity Academy mentioned in an Evening News article today regarding overspends in some Edinburgh secondary school.
We were asked on comment on this and our position on this is summarised below:
Trinity Academy has a new, dynamic Head Teacher who has introduced many great initiatives to achieve excellence in all areas, and parents would be concerned if the Council’s plans to reduce the historic overspend, which was not of the new Head Teacher’s making, impacted on these initiatives or our children’s education.
We have a good working relationship with the Council, which is fully supportive of these initiatives, and we understand the Council’s severe budget pressures. You would need to ask the Council how these overspends in a number of Edinburgh secondary schools have been allowed to build up – it may well be due to the budget cuts imposed on schools over the years.
I understand from Councillor Godzik’s reply in the full Council meeting last week that there is a plan to reduce these overspends, and am sure that the Council would not wish this plan to have any adverse impact on our children’s schools. Parents therefore want these historic overspends to be written off by the Council when schools’ budgets are so tight, just as Castlebrae Community High School’s much higher overspend was written off a couple of years ago.
A quick reminder of parent council meeting dates for this school year.
- Thursday 26th November 2015
- Wednesday 27th January 2016
- Tuesday 1st March 2016
- Wednesday 27th April 2016
- Thursday 2nd June 2016
The Rector now has a blog on the school website and is intending to update this regularly with news of what’s happening in school.
The Parent Council AGM will take place on Tuesday, 27th October, in the school at 7:00pm.
All parents are welcome to attend this meeting and your input would be very much appreciated and we would love to hear from some willing parents who could contribute to the Parent Council. Coming along to Parent Council meetings is a great way to learn more about what’s happening in school and how you can support your child’s learning.
At the AGM we will be electing office bearers and setting our agenda for the coming year. Alongside this short session of formal business, there will be a summary of our current work with the school and the changes that have taken place in the last year.
Following the meeting wine and drinks will be available.
It’s a very exciting time to be on the school’s Parent Council with the school on the up and lots of changes! Please see below the latest Trinity Academy Newsletter. It includes updates from the new Rector, on the revisit by HMIE and news from the Parent Council. If you wish to follow-up on any of the articles please contact us.
Wishing you all for a great half-term break.
We’ve added a map of the school’s catchment area to the reference downloads available from the site. The latest information on school catchment areas is also available on the City of Edinburgh Council’s schools and learning webpages.
If you’re new to the school you may not have heard of our 50:50 Club which is a monthly lottery where 50% of the income goes to the winning member and the remainder goes to the school.
It only costs £1 per number per month or £12 per number per year and is open to any parent or staff member. The draw is made at each Parent Council Meeting, and application forms for a one-off cash payment or standing order are already on the website.
There are two ways of paying:
- Standing Order – The form includes instructions to your bank to set up a standing order, either annually or monthly.
- Cash or cheque payable to “Trinity Academy Parent Council Lottery”.
Once you have downloaded and completed a form, please return to the school office in an envelope clearly marked 50:50 Club
The more members there are, the bigger the prize!
Here’s some information about Trinity Academicals Rugby club written by David Barnes, a former pupil of the school.
TRINITY ACADEMICALS RFC has had an encouraging start to the 2015-2016 season, having won two of their first three matches, and with player numbers up on recent years, the club has high hopes of winning promotion into BT East League Division One at the end of the campaign.
The current 1st XV squad contains a strong contingent of proud Trinity Academy alumni, who either view the club as the final destination in their rugby career, or as an excellent stepping stone to one of the several senior clubs in the area with whom we have forged strong working relationships.
We are very keen to further strengthen our links with the school, which we recognise as playing a very important role in developing the next generation of rugby players in north Edinburgh, and welcome any suggestions and recommendations which may help us attract new supporters.
Please email us with any queries you may have.
We pride ourselves on being an open, inclusive and family orientated club which caters to all ages. To that end, we promise a warm welcome to both new members and infrequent guests at our Bangholm base. If you manage to make it along on match day then please introduce yourself to our president, Ross Findlay who is sure to buy you a beer (or a coffee from our newly installed commercial coffee machine). The cosy member’s bar at Bangholm is open from an hour before kick-off, and pies are available at half-time.
Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (starting at 7pm), while our fixture schedule can be found on the Scottish Rugby Website.
One of our school’s S6 pupils has been selected to represent the U18 East District Hockey team for the second year in a row. This is an excellent achievement as only two goalkeepers are selected from across the whole of Edinburgh and the Lothians. She has also been selected as Vice-Captain for the side.
Education Scotland (HMIE) have notified the school that they will be returning on week beginning Oct 5th for a follow-up visit to the previous inspection carried out in February 2014