Coronavirus updates


6 April 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

On Friday 3rd April we received information from the Department for Education and Ofqual as to how GCSE and A levels will be awarded this Summer. You will find the statement in full at the bottom of this email.

As it states, Trinity school will be providing exam boards with teacher assessments for all our year 11 and 13 students. We will make our judgments using:

• classwork

• bookwork

• any participation in performances in subjects such as music, drama or PE

• any non-exam assessment – whether or not complete

• the results of any assignments or mock exams

• previous examination results – for example, for any re-sitting students or those with relevant AS qualifications

• any other records of student performance over the course of study

Please read the letter below for more information:

Letter re OFQUAL Information (06_04_20) (pdf)


02 April 2020


Caring for your son or daughter’s mental health and well-being over these coming months will be really important. With a greater emphasis on online learning and an inevitable increase in screen time, accompanied with daily routines that greatly differ from the norm, including social distancing measures, it is likely that some students will begin to feel isolated. 

On 30 March the Government issued comprehensive Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, covering the following

  • What you need to know (background)
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Helping children and young people cope with stress
  • How children and young people of different ages may react
  • Children and young people who are accessing mental health services Children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Autistic children and young people
  • Children or young people with physical health issues Children and young people who care for others Bullying
  • Money worries
  • Where to get further support for support as a parent or carer

The guidance can be read in full, via the following link;

Please remember that staff remain in place and active and should be contacted for support.  Students can continue to email their Form Tutor; SEND Keyworker; Head of Year; Year group Tutors, as well as other key members of staff;

Safeguarding Lead: Paul Charnock

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Tracy Studholme

Anne Ewing also available for Careers Advice

There is a great deal of additional resource available to support us during these difficult times.  Please find below a list of Emotional Wellbeing (EWB) and Mental Health sources of advice, consultation and support for staff, students and their parents and carers.

Most of the general advice for professionals, parents, carers and young people can be found at:


Parents: The following link offers comprehensive advice for supporting children and families through unexpected times of rapid and unpredictable change in the light of coronavirus

Additional, targeted support for parents and students can be found here also;

Young Minds: The Young Minds Website has a parents and professionals section as well as advice and moderated blogs for young people and a free telephone.
Parents Helpline Tel: 0808 802 5544.

Rise Above: Health and wellbeing website by Public Health England that covers everything including emotional wellbeing, friendships, self-care; also has games, videos etc. online support for young people: Kooth is a web-based confidential support service available to young people aged 11 to 18yrs, providing a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

Laura Berry, Kooth Integration and Participation Worker for Cumbria can be contacted at or by calling 07535 088117

5 – 19 School Age Public Health Nurse Practitioner Service: E-school Nurse it is now available for professionals AND parents across the age ranges – however it is about general health needs not just mental health.  See attached for details.

5-19 PH Website – the team are constantly updating with information and ideas on their website.

The link below takes you to a recently published guide for educational settings and schools on sudden traumatic death and bereavement prefaced by a COVID 19 section:

My Time Cumbria (Barnardos) Primary Care Mental Health Service: Initial telephone advice can be obtained from the Primary Mental Health Workers who can be contacted as below:   (Tel 07510 586358) (Tel 01539 742626)

Referrals can be made directly by contacting My Time on the number below:
MyTime Cumbria Telephone: 01539 742626 (Working Days: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

CAMHS Support (North Cumbria): Where youngsters are experiencing serious mental health issues (currently as staffing allows).  The East Team (includes Carlisle) can be contacted on 01228 608870.

North Cumbria Crisis Assessment and Intervention Service (CAIS): Where young people feel they are in a mental health crisis, referrals can be made by any professional (with appropriate permissions) by ringing 01228 603964. Telephone assessment and support will be given initially.  Available 9am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday and Sunday. (This service is now part of the Adult MH Crisis Service).

SAFA Self Harm Awareness for All Support Service: SAFA continues to work with self-harm clients and have moved from face to face counselling to virtual counselling. Office staff are working from home. All counsellors have been trained to deliver the service via on-line support. They are also able to support friends/family members that need support. Until June SAFA will be working across the whole of Cumbria, after then they will switch to working only across South Cumbria.
SAFA can be contacted on 01229 832269 during normal business hours.
Referrals are accepted via their website at

We Are With You (formerly Young Addaction)

Eden Mind, for better mental Health –

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide

Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families), supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

Youth Work Support, has a dedicated provision to support young people through COVID 19, providing useful links to professionals and key workers

Think You Know: Online Safety Home Activity Packs

Support and activities for children with learning disabilities and their families.

27 March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

I wanted to let you now that from Monday 30th March, Trinity School will be a hub for the children of Key Workers.  What this means is that we will be collaborating with other schools (Caldew, William Howard, Morton and Newman) in providing childcare.  This will be based at Trinity School and hours have been extended from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  We will be looking to see if we can offer a breakfast club and earlier start time soon. 

Please read the full letter below:

Childcare letter (pdf)


27 March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

I hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe through these strange times. School has been open this week, with a safe skeleton staff, looking after the children of Key Workers. Whilst it has been good to be open after the closure the week before, we are missing the daily interaction with students in person.

We hope that you have been receiving plenty of work to support students with their studies.  I would like to say thank you to parents and carers for all that you have been doing to keep learning going during this time.  We know that everyone is doing their best; please do not worry if everything is not complete. ….

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Letter to Parents (pdf)

Carlisle Eden Mind have produced a Newsletter for parents to offer support and guidance through this:

Carlisle Eden Mind Newsletter

21 March 2020


Childcare for Keyworkers – update

We have had technical difficulties with the survey for childcare.  This is now working again and will stay open until 11:30pm today.  If you have emailed school we will be able to access your replies but would be grateful, for ease of admin, if you could try to fill it in again now. 

Many thanks.

20 March 2020


Dear Parents/Carers

By now you will have seen the letter from the local authority about priority provision for childcare for the children of those classed as key workers. I know that you were asked to reply to a survey from the local authority earlier this week so that they could check the demand for provision. The local authority has decided that schools should provide provision on a local basis. Schools in Carlisle will therefore be providing provision largely for their own children. What this means for students of Trinity School is that Trinity School will open on Monday for students in Years 7, 8 and 9, whose parents are key workers. You can find the list of those classed as key workers at the end of this letter. We will require confirmation from your employer that your specific role is ‘necessary for the continuation of a public service’ and students should only attend on the days where it is absolutely necessary.

For more information and a link to the Key Worker’s Survey please read the letter below:

Letter – Yr 7, 8 and 9 – 20 March 2020 (pdf)

20 March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

Please find attached a letter from the local authority regarding priority childcare provision for key workers. A letter will follow later today from the school which explains the approach that Trinity School will take, which will involve Key Stage 3 students only.

Please read the full letter below for more information:

Cumbria County Council – Urgent Guidance Update 23 March 2020 (pdf)

Trinity School


19 March 2020


Dear Parent/Carer

Cumbria County Council are coordinating the provision of childcare for Key Workers in Cumbria.  They have asked us to send the letter below which asks you to respond to a survey about this.  Please could I ask that you complete the survey as soon as possible.  Many Thanks.

Jo Hawkin


Corona Letter Schools2 (pdf)

Direct link to the survey:

18 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

You will have heard the announcement from the government this evening about school closures from Monday.  Schools have not, as yet, received any more information than the general public. We will be planning for what comes next over the next few days and will be in touch soon. 

We have sent a message to students in Year 11 and 13 to let them know that we will do all we can to support them through this difficult and uncertain time.  As soon as we know what will happen about exams, we will let you know.  I empathise with all of them and know how hard they have worked towards their exams so far….

For more information please read the letter below:

Parental letter 18 March 2020 (pdf)

18 March 2020

Dear Year 11 and Year 13 Students

I wanted to let you know that we will do everything we can to support you through this difficult and uncertain time. I know how worried you will be about the announcement just made about your exams, but please know that everyone at Trinity School will do their very best for you in the next few months. We know just how hard you have worked and we will not let that be lost in all that is happening. Look after yourselves. We will be in touch.

Ms Hawkin and all the staff at Trinity School

16 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Although school is not physically open this week, work has been set by teachers for all students to do at home. We have sent a message to students today, to let them know that work should be completed at home between 8:30am and 3:05pm each day. We are also providing some tips to students about home working which should be available soon. Please let us know if you are unable to access work electronically. We can put together packs of work for students that do not have IT facilities if we are made aware. …

Pleaseread the full letter below:

Parental letter 16 March 2020 (pdf)

16 March 2020

Support During the Closure

Please be aware that our pastoral and safeguarding teams are still available during the school closure. If there are any issues that you feel we should know about, or anything that you feel we can help with, please email or phone with your enquiry and we will endeavor to get back to you as soon as possible.

16 March 2020

Free School Meals

If your child would normally receive a free school meal, we will be able to provide a packed lunch for them during the school closure that can be collected from main reception, starting tomorrow. Please could you let us know by 2pm today, by emailing if you would like to use this service. If you are unable to email, please phone school to let us know. Please let us know if there are any special dietary requirements that we need to be aware of. If you decide to use this service, packed lunches will be available to collect between 12pm and 1pm each day, in the airlock at main reception.

Trinity School

13 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you know we are closed until Monday 23rd March due to the two confirmed cases of COVID-19.  You will be pleased to hear that those affected are recovering well. 

We have asked teachers to set work for the week ahead.  It is important to note that, whilst students without symptoms need not self-isolate, they should be working at home.

Work will be set using our existing online systems (ClassCharts, email or website.) If you are unable to access work via these systems please let us know via your child’s Year Tutor and we will try to send suitable work home….

Please read the letter below for the full update:

Parental letter 13 March 2020 (pdf)

12 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As you are aware, we have been liaising with Public Health England about the additional confirmed case of Coronavirus at Trinity School. Following their investigations this morning, Public Health England have now advised that the school should close. We will begin releasing students from 12:30pm today, after making contact with parents.  Alternatively, if parents wish to collect their children, they will be able to do so from any point today.  We have been told that if you are unable to collect your child and you want them to stay at school that the risk to their health is low. 

The school will remain closed until 23rd March as the incubation period for the virus means people who do not have symptoms by 23rd March are very unlikely to have picked up the virus from this source. Anyone with symptoms when the school reopens should not return to school until well.

Please read the full letter below:

Parental letter 12 March 2020 (pdf)

11 March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to let you know that I have been contacted by Public Health England (PHE) this evening to let me know that a second member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.  As before it is important to protect the privacy of this individual. PHE have told us that they will be investigating this new case tomorrow, to check whether there are other possible sources.  They will trace contacts as before and may ask us to help with providing information to anyone affected. 

We have been told by PHE there is no need to close the school.  However, we do understand that some parents are concerned and that this is causing anxiety for some students. 

Our plan is that school will be remain open tomorrow (12 March), but if you feel the need to keep your child off school until we are able to provide more information, after PHE have completed their investigation, we will be able to authorise absence in these extremely unusual circumstances.  We feel that it is important to follow the advice from Public Health England and to give the opportunity for students, particularly in Year 11 and 13, to continue with their studies.

Apologies for the lateness of this message, but we wanted to inform parents as soon as we could, following official confirmation of the situation from the authorities.  We will update parents again tomorrow.

Yours sincerely
Jo Hawkin

Message for parents 110320 (pdf)

Dear Parents/Carers

We have complied a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for parents to give you more information regarding the COVID-19 case. I hope that you find this useful.

Please note that our phone lines are extremely busy at the moment. We have increased the number of staff answering calls and will pass you on to the correct people depending on the nature of your call.

Please continue to monitor the website for updates.

Parental letter with Q and A 11 March 2020 (pdf)

Please read our information sheet above.

Trinity School Media Statement

Public Health England (PHE) has now confirmed that a member of staff from Trinity School in Carlisle has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Public Health England have assessed the risk and confirmed that there is no information to suggest there is any increased health risk to pupils or staff at the school and no public health reason for the school to close.

The individual had visited Milan on holiday and returned to work in line with national guidance, at the time as Milan was not identified as an area of high risk.

The school will continue to work closely with Public Health England and provide further updates if required.

The school is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, and we are following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The Department for Education’s advice page for schools can be found using the link below: covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

PHE_COVID-19 Information for Workplaces (pdf)

The most important advice is to limit the spread of the virus, in the same way that we would wish to limit the spread of any flu like virus. General high standards of hygiene and hand washing are important, and we are investing in more hand sanitisers to guard against the spread of respiratory illness. Health-care professionals stress the importance of hygiene and hand-washing. They recommend:

  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Catch it, Bin it, Kill it: Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin
  • People who feel unwell should stay at home

Students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

  • After using public transport
  • Before leaving home and on arrival at school
  • After using the toilet
  • After breaks and sporting activities
  • Before eating any food, including snacks

It would be sensible if all students brought in their own travel size hand gel to prevent the spread of further infection.

We will continue to highlight this important advice to students.

Trips and travel

Following the half term we have asked staff that travelled abroad to let us know their destinations and we believe that no staff have travelled to or have been in contact with anyone who has travelled from “Category 1” areas which are hotspots for the virus. A very small number of staff have travelled to “Category 2” areas (such as northern Italy outside the quarantined zones.) Advice for these areas is that travellers should only be concerned if they develop viral symptoms and we have asked these staff to let us know if they develop symptoms. If any students and families have been away in either category, please do let us know so that we can take precautions if needed.

We have contacted the parents of students who are involved in the ski trip due to leave for Italy on 3rd April and will work with them to ensure that students are safe. We are monitoring the situation regarding the Berlin trip, too, and will get in touch if we need to. It is important to stress that a decision may need to be made at short notice regarding these trips and any other issues that arise because of the coronavirus outbreak. Our aim is to avoid panic amongst the community and to operate as normal under the guidance of the appropriate government departments. If you have any concerns at all, please let your child’s tutor or year team know, in the first instance.



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Dear Parent/Carer 

You may have seen the notification that ParentPay were to generate an automatic refund of all School Meal balances – this was to be done once they had received the funds from Schools/Catering Companies. However, they have now withdrawn this offer.

The school position is that all balances will remain on the student’s cards for them to use on their return to school.

Please read the full letter below which includes a link to the Refund Form:

Parentpay-School-Meals-Refunds-Form (pdf)

Refund Form direct link.

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Coronavirus Information

We are working very closely with Public Health England and the Local Authority, following all advice given.
Please see the attached information sheets and letters for the latest advice.

Letter re OFQUAL Information (06_04_20) (pdf)

Childcare letter (pdf)

Letter to Parents March 27 (pdf)

Letter – Yr 7, 8 and 9 – 20 March 2020 (pdf)

Cumbria County Council – Urgent Guidance Update 23 March 2020 (pdf)

Corona Letter Schools2 (pdf)

Parental letter 18 March 2020 (pdf)

Parental letter 16 March 2020 (pdf)

Parental letter 13 March 2020 (pdf)

Parental letter 12 March 2020 (pdf)

Message for parents 110320 (pdf)

Message for all parents (pdf)

Letter – All Parents (pdf)

Letter covid 19 to specific parents (pdf)

PHE_COVID-19 Information for Workplaces (pdf)


Dear Parent/Carer

We have been asked to send this to all parents/carers by the local authority.  You will see that this is a generic letter to all schools in Cumbria and that the situation at Trinity School is different due to the closure advised by Public Health England last week.

General information about COVID-19 is available on the PHE website: