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  • Friday 3 December 2021 Headteacher's Blog 3rd December 2021 It has been one of those weeks that epitomises the many highs and occasional lows of life as a headteacher. We started the week with the release of our Ofsted report and the positive nature of the report meant that we received dozens of messages of congratulations from parents, colleagues and the wider educational community. As nice as it is to get such accolades, it is extremelyimportant to rememberthat the praise really needs to go to our students and staff for what they have achieved. It is also important that we all realise that we still have work to do here if Lipson is to become the great school again that we all believe it can become.
  • Friday 26 November 2021 Headteacher's Blog 26th November 2021 As many of you will have seen from the video message I put out yesterday, Covid is rearing its ugly head again. As a result of a rising number of positive cases amongst our student and staff bodies we have had to reintroduce a number of measures across the school. From today we are ensuring:-
  • Friday 19 November 2021 Headteacher's Blog 19th November 2021 Children in Need initiatives have been organised today by our ever-capable Student Leadership Team. With a number of activities taking place in school such as mufti, Pudsey biscuits and guess the staff baby; we have done incredibly well in raising lots of money for this worthwhile charity and hope to exceed our usual high donation by the end of the day. It has been lovely to see our students get so enthusiastic about helping other children.
  • Friday 12 November 2021 Headteacher's Blog 12th November 2021 I was incredibly moved yesterday as Lipson held its first, whole school Remembrance Service, led by our Combined Cadet Force. MP Luke Pollard was in attendance as students behaved impeccably. Head Boy and Girl recited ‘In Flanders Fields’, followed by Mr Martin playing ‘The Last Post’ and a 2-minute silence. All in attendance stood in complete silence and reflected on the sacrifice others had made in order to give us our freedom. One of my proudest moments at Lipson, it was clear to see the respect our students had by their fantastic behaviour. Please click here to watch a short video of the parade.
  • Friday 12 November 2021 Headteacher's Vlog 12th November 2021 We are delighted to provide you with video blog updates every two weeks directly from our Headteacher Mr Brook. These updates will be additional to the weekly Headteachers' blog.
  • Friday 12 November 2021 Lipson Remembrance Ceremony 2021
  • Thursday 21 October 2021 Headteacher's Vlog 24th September 2021 We are delighted to provide you with video blog updates every two weeks directly from our Headteacher Mr Brook. These updates will be additional to the weekly Headteachers' blog.
  • Friday 15 October 2021 Headteacher's Blog 15th October 2021 Next Friday is a non-pupil day so this is my final blog of the half term.
  • Friday 8 October 2021 Headteacher's Blog 8th October 2021 I had the pleasure of ending last week by undertaking interviews for Head Boy and Girl in the 6th Form. The calibre of candidate was so high that we ended up creating an extra position of Executive Head Boy. This prestigious accolade went to Cherno Sumareh, with Rowan Barzingie securing Head Boy and Holly Nankivell, Head Girl. There is no doubt that these students have their work cut out with all the fantastic initiatives they have planned for the student body and I’m really excited to see these projects come to fruition.
  • Friday 8 October 2021 Headteacher's Vlog 8th October 2021 We are delighted to provide you with video blog updates every two weeks directly from our Headteacher Mr Brook. These updates will be additional to the weekly Headteachers' blog.
  • Friday 1 October 2021 Headteacher's Blog 1st October 2021 We started this week by launching our enrichment timetable on Monday. Attendance was extremely high for this plethora of exciting and diverse activities for our students to take part in. From Gardening to Dungeons and Dragons, Rugby to Chess, there was something on offer to tempt all! I’m really pleased with the fantastic offer and would encourage anyone who didn’t come along last week to come and join in.
  • Friday 24 September 2021 Headteacher's Vlog 24th September 2021 We are delighted to provide you with video blog updates every two weeks directly from our Headteacher Mr Brook. These updates will be additional to the weekly Headteachers' blog.
  • Friday 24 September 2021 Headteacher's Blog 24th September 2021 We had a wonderful start to this week by holding the Prom at Boringdon Golf Club. Something that many schools haven’t been able to offer after the disruption of the past 18 months, we felt it was far too important to miss. The evening was fantastic and students and staff got to celebrate in style at this rite of passage. Please look at our social media for all the photographs.
  • Monday 20 September 2021 Active Support for Lipson ACTIVE Devon has awarded Lipson Co-operative Academy funding to help open up school facilities and increase activity in the local community.
  • Friday 10 September 2021 Headteacher's Blog 10th September 2021 Welcome to the start of the new academic year which is proving to be very successful already. Our new Year 7 students have started to settle in well and find their way around the school site. They have dealt with the transition from primary to secondary school very well and have taken class tests in their stride. We all know the transition between schools can be a little daunting but this was made easier with so many of our newest students attending summer school in August. They got to know lots of the staff and had a taster of the fantastic facilities on offer at Lipson. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of our new students as the weeks go on.
  • Friday 16 July 2021 Headteacher's Blog 16th July 2021 As this will be the last blog to go out for this academic year I thought it would be a good time to sum up where we have got to as a school during the last year. Firstly, I should say that it has been an extraordinary year in so many ways but despite having to work at times in some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable, I believe that we have continued to move forward as a school in so many ways. When our most recent Ofsted report is released, I am confident it will recognise the progress that we are making but that we are always still looking for ways to improve our school.
  • Friday 9 July 2021 Headteacher's Blog 9th July 2021 As we move towards the end of term, it has been quite a tricky week for us all in school. Unfortunately, the impact of the pandemic can still be clearly seen in and around Plymouth and over the last couple of days we have had to deal with positive tests and the implications of them across four different year groups. I cannot thank parents enough for the way that they continue to respond to the phone calls informing them that their son or daughter has to be isolated. We are in extraordinary times but in moments like these the support of the parent body and the wider community makes things easier than they might otherwise be.
  • Friday 2 July 2021 Headteacher's Blog 2nd July 2021 The main topic of conversation in my blog this week has got to be the absolutely fantastic Sports Days!  This truly was a phenomenal whole school event and something that hasn’t happened here before.  Over 2 days students participated in various sporting events along with mentally taxing activities to be fully inclusive.  On day 1 students had the opportunity to participate in traditional track and field events, demonstrating a real competitive spirit.
  • Friday 25 June 2021 Headteacher's Blog 25th June 2021 It has felt like quite a week at Lipson. As if the stresses and strains of supporting England in the Euros was not enough we have had another visit from Ofsted this week. The visit will hopefully be the last of a series of monitoring visits which are designed to see if we are still moving in the right direction. Although I am unable to give any detail before the report is finally published, I can take this opportunity to thank our fantastic staff who did an amazing job again. The students were also an absolute credit to us, so I have felt very proud again this week to be the headteacher of this fabulous school.
  • Monday 21 June 2021 Headteacher's Blog 18th June 2021 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier in the week that the easing of restrictions has been delayed, we have had to rethink a number of activities that were planned this term.  Unfortunately, it will no longer be possible to hold Parents’ Evenings in person and for rest of  this school year these will be either by telephone or Google Meet.   Details will be shared for each event.
  • Friday 11 June 2021 Headteacher's Blog 11th June 2021 Welcome back to school after what was a glorious half term.  The sun finally made an appearance after what felt like months of rain!  Long may this beautiful weather last as we move through the summer term. 
  • Friday 28 May 2021 Headteacher's Blog 28th May 2021 As we reach the end of the half term it is clear that things are slowly getting back to normal. Hopefully next week will bring the promised good weather and staff and students will have the opportunity to take a breath. This time of year is always busy but without the formal exams taking place this year, the workload on staff who have had to set, mark and moderate their own assessments has been heavier than ever. My job this week has been to add the final bit of moderation and quality assurance to the student grades for Years 10, 11 and 13 and I have once again been blown away by the incredible efforts and professionalism of the Lipson staff. Our students will undoubtedly get the grades that they deserve in the Summer and rightly so but the amount of work that the staff have put in to ensure that this happens has been phenomenal. My job continues to be relatively easy when I come to work every day with so many brilliant people.
  • Friday 21 May 2021 Headteacher's Blog 21st May 2021 I felt quite moved last Friday as Year 11 were clapped out of school in a guard of honour led by staff and our youngest students in Year 7.  The pride on their faces was clear for all to see as they walked out of school for the last time in their uniforms.  We were delighted to welcome most of them back on Monday to start their Post 16 education in our Sixth Form.  In a plan to get them ahead of the game, we have started both the academic and vocational paths of study early in a bid to make up for some of the time lost to education over the past year.  Students were clearly very pleased to be treated with the maturity and respect allotted to the Sixth Form.
  • Friday 14 May 2021 Headteacher's Blog 14th May 2021 I am hoping that this will be one of the last times when information about Covid 19 still dominates the information that I am sharing with you. There has been a lot of talk recently in the media about the wearing of face coverings in schools and when the restrictions might start to ease. For now, we are taking the decision to continue with the wearing of masks for all students and staff unless previous dispensation has already been agreed. The reason for this is that we have had a couple of positive cases very recently and as a result still have a number of students who are isolating at home. For us, it doesn't feel like the right time to be easing our restrictions just yet. We will however review this decision on a weekly basis and will move towards the optional wearing of face coverings as soon as we feel that it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and for your continued support with this. 
  • Friday 7 May 2021 Headteacher's Blog 7th May 2021 It has been really busy here over the last few days and the four-day week has actually felt much longer, but we reach the weekend in good spirits as there is plenty of positive news to report. The 'exam' season is now well under way for students in Years 10, 11 and 13. I have to say that the students have been amazing and continue to show great resilience during what has undoubtedly been a very challenging time for them. As always, I would also like to thank the staff who have taken on all the extra work without complaint and who remain determined that our students get the grades that they deserve. 
  • Friday 30 April 2021 Headteacher's Blog 30th April 2021 There is a feel of spring in the air this week, although I’m sure you would agree, we could do with the temperature rising a little! 
  • Friday 23 April 2021 Headteacher's Blog 23rd April 2021 Welcome back to school after a lovely sunny Easter break.  Students and staff have returned rested and fully charged, ready to steam forward into the summer term. 
  • Thursday 1 April 2021 Headteacher's Blog 1st April 2021 We have come to the end of what feels like a hard term despite us only being back at school since March.  We have dealt with remote learning and changed our whole way of working to ensure just as much challenge and high-quality lessons as if the students had been in school.  I know this was difficult for staff and students at times but we adapted our way of working to achieve some outstanding work and high levels of engagement. We also had our visit from Ofsted who praised us for this aspect of our work. On top of this we have had the ongoing issues presented by Covid, so all in all we have been busy. 
  • Friday 26 March 2021 Headteacher's Blog 26th March 2021 Just when we were starting to believe that Spring was coming and everything was beginning to feel so much more positive, we have been hit with another student being tested positive for Covid this week. This has resulted in more than forty Year 11 students having to isolate much to their frustration and disappointment. We would obviously like to wish the student concerned and his family well and this situation serves as a timely reminder that we are not quite out of the woods yet. We will continue to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and our staff for as long as we need to.
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