Principal’s Blog

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Firstly, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I will send this out on a regular basis to pass on key information about our fantastic new school and to inform you of any building, curriculum or staffing developments. Watch this space for information about pastoral structures, transition events and competitions. I am also keen to share my thoughts and ideas and ask our future cohort to contribute to these ideas. It has been a rollercoaster of a few weeks after being appointed as Principal. I really enjoyed meeting some of you at the Holiday Inn the other week and also speaking to a lot of you on the telephone. It is great to hear how excited you are, just like me!

NEW uniform!

Our Trinity Academy Barnsley uniform is very impressive. It will make our children stand out and they can be clearly identified as a smart, well-mannered and well-behaved group of children. A smart uniform is so important for me and our academy. It brings us together as an identifiable community and it says a lot about how we act and present: smart, business like and proud. We will send more details out soon regarding the other aspects of our uniform, but we will have a strict policy on uniform. I want our children to be proud to wear our uniform and be the smartest cohort in Barnsley.

Our school site

The school site will be situated off Keresforth Close and our state of the art, new temporary accommodation will be delivered and constructed on the recreation area just off Broadway. The new school will then start to be built on the site of the current NHS buildings at the bottom of Keresforth Close. I will use this blog to update you on developments and to share any pictures. I am really keen to ensure that our cohort has a say in what some aspects of the school will look like and what they will contain. How exciting to have a say in your future school building! Read our prospectus here.

A Principal’s hobbies

As we move closer to opening I will be keen to learn all about our Y7s and their interests and hobbies. I am sport mad, and before I got too old used to play a lot of football, now I spend my time running and trying to get better at golf. Another favourite hobby of mine is to read, especially crime thrillers, and I’m currently making my way through the latest Cormoran Strike novel.

Reading and literacy will be at heart of our school curriculum so I am going to set our cohort a challenge of reading any new book and writing a short review for me about what the plot of the story was, whether they enjoyed the book and why. Each review will be posted on our website and our twitter feed and each child who submits a review will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 Amazon voucher. Deadline for entries is December 1st. Get reading!

Pupil Challenge!

One of the most important parts of a school for me is to have a fully functioning House system where we will compete regularly against one another for points, prizes and events. Every pupil, teacher and adult in school will be part of a House. I want there to be four Houses in the school. So, my challenge to you is to come up with a theme of the Houses, what they should be called and for those who are creative out there, can you design each House a logo. We will then have a vote for the House names before we start in September and winners will help to design the House badges. Good luck.

I hope everyone has a fantastic half term. Stay safe and follow all social distancing rules and enjoy Halloween the best you can with your family.

  Mark Allen