Principal’s Blog: Issue 5

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As we reach the end of a remarkably busy term and an incredibly difficult year, I am sure that you are all looking forward to spending time with your close family and having a well-earned rest! This is my fifth edition of my Principal’s Blog and I would like to wish all our Trinity Academy Leeds family and supporters, a healthy and happy Christmas!

Christmas Card Challenge

Our latest Challenge was to design the academy’s first ever Christmas card! Thank you so much to all who entered, we have been impressed with the levels of effort and imagination from you all. I am delighted to announce that we have chosen a winner and that you will all be receiving this incredibly special Christmas Card through the post with our festive best wishes. All participants will receive a Christmas surprise, dropped off (sadly not by an elf!) at Primary Schools this week.

Winning card … Designed by Izabella Russell

Christmas Countdown

We would encourage you all to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep up to date with our latest news and pictures! We are also running a Christmas Challenge in the week up to the big day. A new challenge will be revealed every day! If you enter all five of our activities by the 1st of January, you’ll get a gift from us. Simply take a photograph of each completed challenge and send to the usual email address to receive your prize in the new year!

The Site

We continue to move at speed, now that the steel frame is up, we can see the corridors and emerging stairwells. We are so excited to show our families around the site later in the project. This week I have been working with the ICT and Electronics teams to ensure that the school site is as secure and safe as possible. I have also been working with the Design team choosing the fabrics and textures for surfaces, including our sprung floor in the Drama Studio and our hardwearing vinyl in the dining room, which may have a hint of sparkle in it!


Finally, our uniform sample has been sent through and our wonderful Year 7 students from our sister school, Cathedral Academy, are modelling it proudly. Details of our uniform expectations and where to purchase this from will be given to parents in March, when we have our final numbers and details of student places. We are also incredibly pleased to announce that our contractor, Galliford Try, has offered to supply each of our founding students with their very own Trinity Academy Leeds shoulder bag, so that books can be kept safe and we can look even smarter as a school community!

The TAL Staff Team

We are currently advertising for our founding staff team and will be holding a recruitment event in the new year. We have received lots of interest from many hardworking and talented professionals from across the city and cannot wait to start the process and start forming the best team possible to teach and support your children.

Spotlight on….

I am delighted to introduce the latest member of Team Trinity, Mrs Cally Northam, who will be joining us as P.A. to the Principal and Office Manager. I am sure that you will all speak to her at some point!

As we start recruiting our Dream Team of teachers and support staff to TAL, I will be asking each of them to introduce themselves and to tell you a little bit about their background and interests. Only the most dedicated, hardworking, and talented individuals will be hired at our school. Very soon they will be familiar faces to you around our brand-new building.

I am delighted to introduce the latest member of Team Trinity, Mrs Cally Northam, who will be joining us as P.A. to the Principal and Office Manager. I am sure that you will all speak to her at some point!

Mrs Cally Northam | Principal’s P.A & Office Manager

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Trinity Academy Leeds and can’t wait to start as P.A. to the Principal and Office Manager in January.

I have worked in Pastoral Support in Education for the last twelve years with most of this time spent in high schools in East Leeds, helping students to achieve their full potential.  I can’t wait until we open the doors to our fantastic, brand new school and all the opportunities that it has to offer our students from across Leeds.

When I’m not working, I help run a Musical Theatre group for young adults and they perform every year at The Carriageworks, Leeds. As TAL will be championing the Arts with all students having the opportunity to study the Arts in addition to the The Arts Academy, I’m sure I’ll be found getting stuck into helping our students ‘Reach Higher, See Further, Shine Brighter!’


Thank you for taking the time to read my fifth blog.

Kat Cafferky