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Rector's Blog - 1st June 2020

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The Scottish Government has indicated that schools should reopen from 11th August. As you will know, this is a week before we were going to start this year! Whilst we await further guidance and advice from Edinburgh City Council, we have been considering risk assessment and management in our school before we decide on the best and safest way to return. Ms Barrett, our Business Manager, has been taking forward these discussions and will inform the timetabling model and supports we will propose before the end of Term.

I have to say, all of the above is more complex than it sounds, but when you consider that teachers were expected to upend lesson plans and convert to online delivery in just a few days, and just did it, we will just do this too and with the support of a whole raft of non teaching and admin staff who go beyond the call of duty on a daily basis.

This of course has been the strangest of terms, and it will end 3 weeks on Friday! By that time, my successor will have been appointed. The successful candidate will have won a watch, as they say. Over the last five years we set ourselves the task of being one of the highest attaining, most inclusive and most creative schools in the city. It is no boast to say that we have achieved this and much more. When you consider where we were, and where we now are, it has been an incredible journey - and to think The Times has even placed us in the top 50 highest attaining schools on the country, and 6th in Edinburgh.

All of the above has been achieved by the sheer dedication and commitment of the best group of colleagues I have ever had the pleasure to work with, and a real desire to be a school which not only takes great pride in the past, but also has a keen eye to the future. I do believe with every bone in my body that the best is yet to come. Trinity Academy is seriously going places, and being Head Teacher of this wonderful school over the last five years has undoubtedly been the highlight of my career... which isn’t over yet!

Bryan Paterson

Head Teacher

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