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.
In other news it has been a very busy but also an incredibly rewarding week. Today we are simultaneously saying 'goodbye' to our Year 13 and Year 11 students. The Year 13s have been amazing during what has been a very difficult time for them. Their work ethic has remained impressive right up to the very end and we are confident that they will leave Lipson and go on to achieve great things. They will undoubtedly leave us with the qualifications that they deserve to get and many of them are going on to study at some of the top Universities in the country. They have been an integral part of a Sixth Form which is unrecognisable now from the one I saw when I arrived at Lipson two years ago. I cannot thank the staff enough for the way that they have transformed this area of the school and although I always try to avoid picking out individuals for special praise, the roles played by Paul Boyes, Gaynor Comber, Kev Mee, Deb Harris and Rebecca Marshall cannot be overstated.
Our fabulous Year 11s are also leaving us today and we will celebrate with a special assembly and a guard of honour at the end of the day. Although when I say leaving I use the term loosely as the vast majority of them are not leaving at all. More than 80% of the cohort will be back with us on Monday, but as our new Sixth formers, starting their new programmes of study. They can ditch the uniform, use the common room and start all over again! This is an initiative that we are very proud of. Again, there are too many staff who have contributed to this year group for me to thank them all properly but I must mention Struan Mitchell and Tracy Ashton who have been simply brilliant!
At the other end of the scale Tom Goodman and myself have been out and about this week visiting some of our feeder Primary schools as we prepare the way for them joining us at Lipson in September. The relationships between us and these schools has never been better and I am quite sure that this is one of the reasons why we have again had to accept an extra thirty students into Year 7 for next year.
Thank you as always for your continued support, have a lovely weekend,
Very best wishes,
Martin Brook, Headteacher