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Rector's Blog 6/6/19

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Bursting With Pride

Just heard a comment from my parent council that they thought I was going to burst with pride at our awards ceremony last night, and they are so correct, albeit I got so carried away with sharing the successes of all our faculties that my speech over ran, and I swear I saw someone nod off!

As a community we have so much to be proud of. This really is such a wonderful school. I can say without hesitation that Trinity is without doubt the best school I have worked in. And this is not is not just my “west coast patter” either – what we have achieved together in recent years is really quite remarkable. By working together, our fantastic staff, parents and students have transformed the fortunes of our school. In doing so, we deliberately set the bar high in stating we aspire to be the most improved, the most inclusive school and one of the highest achieving schools in the city – an aspiration we are well on the way of achieving.

As I reflected on  last year’s achievements at prize giving last night, it really was with some pride that I could say not only that it has been a hugely successful year, but that I am utterly convinced the best is yet to come. I say yet again, we are indeed a school that is seriously going places!

  • S4 results second best in a long, long time. We now outperform the Edinburgh average at national 3, national 4 and national 5 levels
  • Our Higher results are equally pleasing with 55% of all our students achieving at least one higher…38% achieve at least three Highers and an astonishing 28% achieve 5 Highers or more
  • Of particular note were our results in Mathematics where despite being two staff down, the dedication of our maths colleagues, and teachers from across the school led to the best set of results in many, many years. It is true to say that our results last session were some of the best in the City.

In fact our results across the board beat our comparator schools, Edinburgh and National averages in all but one indicator. The impact of this on morale across our community has been huge. One indicator of this is that our roll has been capped, and there is a significant waiting list for a place in our school!

I say without hesitation that our staff are second to none. We have an excellent teaching, admin, support and facilities management team in our school who, on a day to day basis demonstrate significant commitment and go well beyond the call of duty in supporting all our young people to achieve in the widest range of activities possible – thereby demonstrating that we are so much more than an “attainment factory!” We also have a hugely supportive parent council chaired by Liz Blair who is such an exceptional and supportive friend of the school.

As we approach the end of term I would therefore like to take the opportunity to thank all of my wonderful colleagues for their continuing hard work and commitment to our young people to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes in and out with school. This is particularly so for those, who for whatever reason are experiencing difficulties or challenges in achieving this. We are a diverse community, and we are clear that we utilise all our energies in support of every child’s desire to be the best they can be in all that they do. Thank you also to parents/careers for your continued  support in supporting  learning at home and in encouraging them in their ambitions.

Finally, a huge thank you to our school captains, Evie and Eilidh; two of the most outstanding young people I have had the pleasure to know, and who exemplify all that Trinity Academy aspires to be. My goodness we will miss you both!

Wishing everyone a restful holiday when it comes!

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