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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.

Last week saw us inspected by Ofsted.  This was the first full inspection since September 2019 when I had only just  joined the school as Headteacher.  At the time I was very disappointed that as a school we hadn’t had time to implement the significant changes we had planned.  Fast forward 2 years and the same cannot be said, the staff have worked tirelessly over this period of time to firstly turnaround behaviour at school and now focus on teaching and learning, ensuring a good teacher is present in every classroom.     

Students behaved wonderfully over the course of the 2 days which is nothing unusual these days, students have moved from compliance to being fully engaged in their learning. 

We do not have the Ofsted Inspection Report yet which will come out in the next few weeks, but as a school we were prepared, organised and calm, ready to show off our best.

On the sporting front, Mr Corson was bursting with pride as he returned to school on Wednesday after taking students to the Devon School Table Tennis Championships.  It was our most successful year with our under 16 girls coming out victorious in the final against Ivybridge. This was a well-deserved reward for the team’s hard work over the past few years and Hei-Tung Moo, Kiera Walsh, Hannah Friend and Lily Felgate now go on to represent Devon in the next regional round in January. The under 16 boys also had a very successful tournament, making it all the way to the final, where they were beaten by Taunton Academy, the only school to beat them on the day! It was great to see the years of practice and dedication finally reap the rewards they undoubtedly deserve!

On Monday at 5.30pm we will be hosting a consultation evening regarding the proposed fence around the school perimeter.  All are welcome to attend, voice their opinions and have questions answered.  There is no doubt that Lipson is the most open school site in Plymouth and safeguarding students was our main priority when submitting this planning application.

For more details on recent and upcoming events, please click here to view my latest video.

Wishing you a restful weekend,

Martin Brook, Headteacher