School Meals Update

You may already be aware that the Scottish Government are changing the legislative requirements for school meals. The four main themes of the new legislation are:

• To increase the daily consumption of fruit and vegetables
• To reduce sugar in school food and drinks
• Limit the amount of processed and red meat served in schools
• Ensure the energy values of meals are consistent with current guidance

The City of Edinburgh Council have been working with the new guidelines in preparation for the August 2020 launch. A summary of the key changes you will see in the secondary school meals service are shown below;

• Enhanced fruit and vegetable availability – We will do this by ensuring our recipes contain enhanced levels of vegetables and offering a free vegetable soup or salad with every hot meal. A free portion of fruit will also be made available for pupils with every meal sold
• Enhanced levels of energy available in secondary school meals - Our 2 course set menu will be calculated to ensure it contains a greater level of energy for high school pupils – we will advertise this on our menus in school
• Increased fibre in all bread products – We will be switching to wholemeal or high fibre bread, paninis, rolls and baguettes
• Current snack products must meet lower levels of saturated fat, salt and sugar – a new range of low sugar baking will be introduced in schools, packaged products such as baked crisps and popcorn will meet new legislation
• Limit the amount of red and red processed meat on menus – our morning break service will be refreshed to reduce the frequency of breakfast products such as bacon and sausage, a new range of morning snacks will be introduced. We have also increased the amount of plant and fish based dishes to encourage uptake of vegetables
• Remove high sugar fruit based drinks – over the next year the canteen will only be serving drinks that meet the new legislative requirements with many manufacturers introducing low sugar alternatives
• Restrict pastry products from school menus – items such as croissants and pies will be reduced so they only feature on our school menus twice per week.

Our in house catering teams are working hard to promote the catering service and working with school groups to educate them on the new standards and why they are important for the nations health. Please ask your children to engage with the service and enquire about the changes. More information on the changes can be found here:

Novel Coronavirus Advice

The school has received the following advice from NHS Scotland:

Dear Headteacher

Further to my letter of 27 January, you will be aware that the situation is changing very rapidly.

The risk to people in this country remains low.

Information for the general public is updated daily at

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Reading List of Contemporary Titles for S4-S6 pupils

Push yourself out of your comfort zone by diving into the mean streets of America in The Hate U Give or exploring the new fantasy landscape of The Book of Dust. Then find yourself on the run alongside Connor in his Farewell Tour before you can recover from your electrifying encounter with The Power. All these books – and more – can be found on this boundary-pushing list. Download Dare-to-Read-2019.pdf if you dare!

Proposed Bangholm Sports Facility

New Bangholm

There is currently a planning application online for the development of the Bangholm sports facility, proposed as Phase 1 of Trinity Academy’s development. Comments can be made by Jan 31st.

Rector's Blog 20th December 2019


This past year has seen us continue to on our journey to be one of the most creative, inclusive and highest attaining schools in the city.  The key to our success is undoubtedly a commitment to delivering on our all-consuming ethos of “only the best will do in all that we do.”  This of course doesn’t come with the wind! The appointment and retention of excellent teachers who, on a daily basis go well beyond the call of duty; our fantastic students and not forgetting the support and (sometimes challenge!)  from our Parent Council has all meant that our success is truly a community effort, and I thank everyone for your continued efforts and support.

Particular thanks go to Liz Blair who stepped down as chair of the Parent Council this year. I simply could not let the year pass without letting you all know how much Liz’s support has meant to our school over recent years! Her support, challenge, and humour in supporting the school and in representing the parent voice at all levels has been wonderful as is the news that notwithstanding relinquishing the chair, Liz is still an active member of what must be the most proactive and supportive Parent Council in the City.

The winner of this year’s S1 Christmas poem and who won the right to ring the school bell to start the holidays is Finn Sherer 1Y3.  Commended were; Jaya Singh, Sophie Aitken, William Duncan and Kyle Osborne. Finn’s poem is copied below.

Winter’s Here

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S1-S3 Achievement Token Winners!

The new S1-3 Token Achievement System has been a real success since we started using it in August. Since October we have been keeping a tally of all the tokens the pupils have received and we can reveal that Arran are the first House to receive a termly reward! Well done to all Arran House pupils.

The token box has now been emptied, and we start a fresh for next term. Which House will be the winner in April 2020!? The competition starts now!

Good luck all!



Rector's Blog 5th December 2019

I know I do go on a bit about our year on year improvements in attainment, but this doesn’t come with the wind, nor is it to be taken for granted.  In our school, we recognise that extending the course choices open to our students and ensuring positive progressive coursing are critical factors in raising attainment for all. We now have a much wider range of courses than before including Drama, Dance, Psychology, Music technology, Photography and the like alongside enduring positive partnership with Edinburgh College to deliver an even wide range of opportunities that can’t be delivered in school. We are also in the process of rebuilding Home Economics as a subject, and my intention is to appoint another teacher to join Ms Anstruther in developing courses to Higher level. 

Mr Todd is already engaged in the process of beginning to formulate NEXT year’s timetable; his work on this seems never ending! What is particularly pleasing in our school is the fact that students’ choices lead the process, and because of this, we have an almost 100% satisfaction rate, as students are coursed to their fullest potential.  IT plays a huge role in this with the whole process being fully automated in recent years. All information is on our website and the school App, including how our students will be supported in deciding course choice at every level. 

Parents/carers of senior students will know that we are in the middle of “prelim season,“ I have reminded our students that prelims give an indication of future success, but are not definitive. There is more learning time after prelims than before. If students are disappointed with their results, there will still be ample time to improve post-Christmas. That is not to be complacent, but rather to ensure a greater focus next term.

Finally, a number of students have been asking me if I am leaving. The cat appears to be well and truly out of the bag here, and I can confirm my intention to retire at the end of this session. My intention has always been to retire at 60 (I know I don’t look it!), and I have to say I have never worked for such a wonderful group of colleagues as I have here in Trinity; and I’ve been around! Similarly parents/carers  the Parent Council have been a huge support in re building our reputation as one of the best schools in the city. But I’m not finished yet…June is a long way off!

Rector's Blog 4th Nov 2019

Building on Success

The latest edition of our annual newsletter,  “Building on Success” is our biggest and best yet and will be with you soon. Jam packed with a huge array of examples of how we promote wider achievement across our school, it demonstrates that whilst being one of the highest attaining schools in Edinburgh City we are so much more than an “attainment factory". The wonderful work of every single faculty is on show, as is a huge number of related extra curricular activities and the sheer sense of enjoyment on the faces of our young people.  I do hope you enjoy reading about the successes and experiences of your children. We are extremely proud of everything that they have accomplished over the past year. Please share the good news and celebrate the achievements with the wider community!

Meantime, Officers from Edinburgh City Council held an open event at school to present final plans for our new sports facility at Bangholm. We are delighted that this project is moving forward, and will allow our hard pressed, and highly successful PE faculty to deliver better experiences in a state of the art facility. These really are exciting times, not just for the delivery of PE, but for the whole school. The intention is that these facilities will be used by Trinity Academy but will also be open to the wider Community out with school hours.

In advance of submitting the planning application Edinburgh City Council is holding a drop-in information session at Bangholm Outdoor Centre between 2:30pm - 6pm on 7 November 2019.

At the event we will have on display the plans and images that will form part of the planning application and members of the project and design team will be on hand to answer any queries you may have about the proposals.

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Information and Discussion Coffee Mornings

Put together by Support for Learning Teachers, this programme of free events is for all parents and carers who are interested in learning more about the topics covered. There is no need to book to attend, but if you have additional support requirements please let us know in advance.

The format of the coffee morning events will be:

  • A short presentation from an expert in the chosen field.
  • An open discussion involving everyone with tea/coffee.

The meetings will give parents and carers the opportunity to ask questions and to meet the experts as well as other families who face similar challenges.  We hope you find the sessions helpful and welcome your feedback.

Programme for 2019/20

Friday 27th September, 9.30am – 10.30am

Input from Stephan Millar, ICT Development Officer for ASL services. What IT support is available?

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Climate Change Letter

Andy Gray, Head of Schools & Lifelong Learning has issued a letter in relation to the Climate Change protest on 20th September 2019. You can download a copy by clicking on the link below.


NCH Essay Competition

Congratulations to Anna Davidson(S6), who won a £500 second place prize in the English essay category at the 2019 New College of the Humanities London Essay Competition Awards Ceremony. 

There were over 3,600 entries into this year's competition, so it's an incredible achievement for Anna to have picked up a prize.

SQA Results

Congratulations to all students on your examination results. You will be pleased to know that the school’s results have increased significantly for the fourth year in a row. We are ahead of the Edinburgh average on most indicators and indeed have achieved some of the best results in the city. We are not complacent however, and will continue to strive for year on year improvement and to be the best that we can be in all that we do.

S4 results

This year 47% of our students achieved five National Five awards or more in S4; an increase of 1% on last year and higher than the Edinburgh average by 4%.

On the downside, there has been a slight but not significant decline in results at National 3 and National 4. For those who are disappointed in your results, please don’t hesitate to speak to your Head of House on return.

Excellent Higher results in S5 and buck the National position

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Trinity Academy Wave 4 Update from CEC

We are creating a masterplan for replacement and refurbishment of Trinity Academy. This is being done in two phases.
Phase 1:
£10M has been allocated to create a new sports facility at Bangholm Outdoor Centre.
Phase 2:
We will engage with stakeholders to plan the rest of the improvements and once funding is allocated we can progress to implementation.
We have been speaking to the school staff and learners, the outdoor learning team and Parent Councils from cluster schools to understand what the requirements and benefits are for education. 
We have also been speaking to local residents, clubs and community groups to understand their requirements and consider the benefits the new facility can bring to the community.
We are preparing a final plan for Phase 1 to ensure it meets requirements for education and can also be used by the wider community.
Key Dates:
June/July 2019 : Phase 1 Strategic Brief and accommodation schedule complete. Design Team appointed for detailed design stage.
August – October 2019: Phase2 Stakeholder workshops.
Nov 2019 : Estimate for Phase 1 Planning application.
10 December 2019 : Phase 2 preferred option to committee for consideration.
July 2020 Dec 2021: Estimated timescale for Phase 1 Construction.
Feb 2020: Budget process for Phase 2.
The detailed plans for Phase 1 will be finalised over the summer and we are beginning the process for Phase 2 later this year.
For Phase 2 we will be arranging a series of engagement sessions with school staff, learners, parents and the community during August, September and October this year.
We will arrange a meeting with Head Teachers and Parent Council chairs at the beginning of the next school year in August to finalise thedetails for these events.
Further details of how to get involved will then be circulated by your Parent Council.
We will be creating a Wave 4 page with links to more project information on the Council’s website over the summer and will send details once this is available. 

Shell Bright Ideas Bright Sparks Win £2,500 To Enhance Stem at Trinity Academy

Following on from our trip to London last week, our Shell Bright Ideas team has been recognised as one of the top five National Finalists (out of almost 400 entries from across the UK) in Shell’s new schools competition.  

Students were tasked with using their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills to come up with creative solutions to the energy challenges that cities will face in 2050. 

We received £2,500 that will go towards STEM The students also received cash vouchers, plus a funded VIP winners’ experience in London, which included a prototyping workshop at Imperial College London. This took place in a state-of-the-art makerspace, led by experts, the workshop is a hands-on opportunity for our students to take their winning idea to the next level.As regional winners, the pupils presented their ideas to the judges,got practical tips from a science communications workshop and had the opportunity to meet maths expert and TV celebrity Rachel Riley! 

We are incredibly proud of the whole tram. They have gone from strength to strength this year competing in an array of competitions together and having huge successes. Well done to you all, we look forward to seeing what designs you come up with next year! 

You can find out more about the Challenge at

French Trip Blog - End of Week Thoughts

Parc Asterix Group

This June, my peers and I, along with some of Trinity’s teachers, went on an exciting trip to France, which was both educational and recreational. We stayed just twenty miles outside of Paris at “Château de Grande Romaine”, a large building with amazing facilities including: a tennis court, two basketball courts, a football pitch and swimming pool which we were able to use often. We all enjoyed cooling down and playing in the pool after going out on a day trip. We also had a disco and fashion show on Thursday which was great fun.

The food that the Château served was tasty and available to everyone despite there being specific dietary needs and preferences. We were able to experience lots of different French cuisine including pastries for breakfast, cheeses and snacks for lunches and one of my personal favourites for dinner, escargot (snails). The French are known for their love of food and this displayed in what we ate over the duration of the week.

We went on three interesting and enjoyable day trips: into Paris to explore an area with art at it’s heart, followed by a boat trip along the River Seine through the city, where we could listen to an audio guide and learn about famous landmarks. We also visited a market where we bought our own lunches and ate them at Château de Fontainebleau, a palace where many French rulers lived, including Napoleon. We learned about their lives by viewing art and personal belongings from the renaissance period. On the Thursday, we went to Parc Astérix, a theme park devoted to the popular French cartoon: “Astérix et Obélix”. We all had a really good time, my personal favourite ride being “Tonnerre De Zeus” (Thunder of Zeus) which is a huge wooden roller coaster. When I was on it, I moved so fast it felt like I was a dive bombing falcon.

In conclusion, this trip to France has been a huge success and I would definitely recommend it to younger pupils thinking of coming when they are in S2. I really enjoyed the experience and will remember it in years to come.

By Luke Norman

French Trip Blog - Day 2

Chateau de Fontainebleau

Today was very eventful. We started off our day at 8:10 am, 40 minutes after everyone else had been woken up. Even though a teacher knocked on our door, we slept through everything. It’s safe to say we were kind of LATE for breakfast. 

Our first stop was at the market in the sunny, beautiful town of Melun. We were given the task of buying fillings for our baguettes and any other food we wanted. The twist was EVERYTHING had to be ordered in French. It was…interesting. On offer there was ham, cheese, chicken with the head still attached, many clothes and spray water guns (these were a big hit with the Trinity pupils). Half of our team managed to buy a full head of lettuce and 12 cans of Orangina. Many of us successfully completed the task. I repeat MANY of us, not all though. 

We then jumped back on the bus and made our way to Chateau de Fontainebleau. We had our homemade lunch outside in the now 38 degrees weather. We all sat in the shade, but it didn’t stop us from running through the sprinklers. After we ate, we had a bit of free time. The time was used taking photos of a massive beetle and looking at the French pigeons. We then entered the house of Napoleon Bonaparte…

It was huge, posh and very well decorated. Our audio guides were very interested in talking about the plates, fabrics and the paintings. The fabrics were definitely a common subject…

We walked through the rooms, looking at the artefacts and the paintings, getting split from our group and turning our audio guides into German and Chinese. All in all it was a great day with lots of memories and once in a life time experiences.

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French Trip Blog - Day 1

After a much needed night of sleep, and a nutritious French breakfast (pain au chocolats and croissants), we set off for the long coach journey to the Sacre Coeur. With temperatures over 30°C it made the whole day sweltering. We spent the time fanning ourselves and enjoying the sunshine. The Sacre Coeur was absolutely beautiful, with noticeable white domes, showing off the incredible architecture.

Having admired the church, we then explored the surrounding streets, filled with tourist shops and ice cream parlours (yum!). 

For lunch we visited the Eiffel Tower, sitting next to the immense structure, while munching our sandwiches. Nothing could have prepared us for its stature and aura, especially not the little Eiffel Tower keychains that were sold all over Paris.

Afterwards we walked along one of the many bridges that line the Seine, and went onto a boat tour along the banks. The audio guide described the building of Paris and its history, dating back to where the foundations of Paris were placed, through to the French Revolution, ending in the city we know in the modern world. 

That finished our day in the capital of France.

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Paolozzi Competition Winner

Congratulations to Dan Hildersley who won 1st prize in the category of Overcoming Barriers in the recent Paolozzi competition organised by Art and Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council aimed at S5/6 pupils from all Edinburgh Secondary Schools.

Dan was nominated because the work entitled ‘Myself and A Reflection” is symbolic of his own experience of how poor mental health can particularly effect the perception of the self. 

Dan used his S6 Advanced Higher Art portfolio as a reflective exercise on mental health in order to move forward from this longstanding issue. This self-portrait triptych shows the denial and isolation often partnered with such an experience, meaning that the person concerned cannot see the damage that is being done, symbolised by the shielded faces of the figures refusing to see their own reflections in the mirrors.

Dan fought this battle with his health on a daily basis but continued to work at an exceptional pace and level, showing determination to succeed in life, producing work of an outstanding quality. This clearly demonstrates how he has turned such a debilitating illness into an experience to learn from, creating work of such strength that will inspire others.

Prize Giving

On Thursday 6th of June, Trinity Academy celebrated the academic and wider achievement of many pupils from across the school at our annual prize giving ceremony. A copy of the programme from the evening is attached. In addition, on Friday 7th of June, there were further assemblies recognising the achievements of many more pupils in Arran, Orkney and Skye Houses. Congratulations to all who received an award a this years events.

Shell's Bright Idea Challenge

Following on from the Team’s #DigiInventor success (for those of you who followed us on Twitter), the pupils pulled their array of skills and attributes together to enter Shell’s Bright Idea Challenge. With this competition they are asked to come up with a creative solution that will sustainably provide energy for the world’s growing population; more specifically imagining how cities will look in 2050 when it is estimated that the population will have grown by over 2 Billion people, two thirds of whom will reside in cities.

For any Eco warriors out there the pupils took a real environmental/Eco-friendly stance with this and have put together a stunning proposal for a new Housing system and lifestyle change, I would definitely be keen to invest! If you get a minute please have a look over their proposal in the file found below. The S3 pupils involved were:

Hannah Boldy

Jenny MacDonald

Katarina Kancir

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