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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.

They say that what doesn't beat you makes you stronger and I certainly believe that this is the case for us at Lipson. Indeed, I feel that I have learnt more about the students, the staff and the wider community during these exceptional times than I maybe would have done in a 'normal' school year. We have found the students to be quite remarkable in their resilience. I have lost count now of the number of times that I have had to address a group of students to tell them that due to a positive case in their year group they would have to self-isolate. Yes, we have had a few tears and maybe even the odd tantrum but on the whole, they have been amazing in the way that they have dealt with everything that has been thrown at them. They continue to make me proud on a daily basis and the fact that they are having to deal with so much outside of school makes me more determined than ever to make their time at Lipson enjoyable, purposeful and successful. The students are our biggest asset and we must continue to cherish them and give them everything they need to succeed.

I talk a lot about how lucky I am to have the staff that we have here. They always go over and above for our students but the lengths they have had to go to this year have been unprecedented. After a year of trying to provide on-line learning alongside their roles in the classroom as well as being responsible for the setting, marking and moderation of the 'external' examinations, I'm sure they won't mind me saying that they are looking forward to the end of term. We need to remember that they also have to juggle their own personal and family lives which at the moment are already complicated enough. The staff at Lipson are amazing and we need to continue to cherish, value and support them as they continue to improve the school in every way they can. 

Finally, I have said many times during the year how supportive the parents and wider community have been as we have tried to manage things that we have never had to deal with before. Many of you have taken the time to thank myself and other staff in school for our efforts this year and we are so grateful for that. We know that we haven't got everything right but we are trying our best to keep you informed and will continue to do so. Sometimes we are given very little notice before we have to put things in place but knowing that we generally have your support makes things much easier.

As we only have a couple of days in school next week and the weather is set fair we are happy for the students to come into school in their PE kit if they want to as they may be more comfortable in the heat. Staff will also be encouraged to dress in a practical way for the weather.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and a great break over the Summer when we finally get there. We will be releasing more information over the next few days about the Results days in the Summer and about the arrangements for the start of term in September. Thank you once again for your continued support,


Very best wishes,

Martin Brook, Headteacher