Trinity Academy recognised for its ambition and high aspiration for students
Leaders at a South Yorkshire academy have been recognised for their efforts to ensure that learning continued unabated for students during the coronavirus lockdowns.
Trinity Academy in Thorne ensured that every student had access to a device and the internet so that all those learning from home were able to follow a full timetable
of lessons, Ofsted inspectors have reported.
The “effective action” taken by the principal and leaders was noted following an inspection of the academy, which was carried out remotely with inspectors joining
some of the online lessons themselves.
On joining the school last June, Trinity Academy principal, Wendy Adeniji, and head of school Vicky Gibson, introduced ‘live lessons’ where students were taught by their
teacher and had the opportunity to interact. Teachers delivered lessons, set tasks and collected pupils’ work via the system, and students received
Inspectors said academy leaders had a clear vision for the curriculum, which was maintained despite the pressures of the lockdowns and meant that learning
continued as planned when students were able to return to school.
Children of key workers and vulnerable students, who teachers felt were best supported in person with help from teaching assistants, were taught in school and
also took part in lessons online with their peers.
Ms Adeniji said: “We are heartened by the results of this inspection, in particular that the inspectors recognised our robust response to students learning from home
and the success of the system we put in place.
“They noted our ambition and high aspirations for all students as we move forward on our journey of improvement. We take encouragement from this inspection as we
continue to progress.”