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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.

We also kicked the week off the best way I know how; by eating lots of cake!  We held a Macmillan Cancer support coffee morning.  Thank you to staff and parents who generously gave their time by baking or donating cakes and the students for helping to set up the buying of such delicious treats on offer.  In total we raised an incredible £285 which I’m sure you will agree is going to a very worthwhile charity and one close to the hearts of many. 

Our School Improvement Partner, Dr Richard Steward spent 2 days with us this week.  He focused his time on the Maths and Science departments and noted a significant improvement in the quality of teaching in these areas.   This rigorous visit also included some areas for development which will go to further improve teaching practice. We can only become the great school we know we can be by constant challenge.

Year 7 have settled in remarkably well to life at Lipson.  I have the absolute pleasure this afternoon of meeting with 9 students who have stood out amongst their peers for a number of reasons such as incredible manners and kindness, effort and attitude.  I will be meeting these amazing young people for a hot chocolate and the opportunity to get to know them a little better.  This is also a fantastic opportunity to listen to what is going particularly well for the students and what could be improved.  Student voice is really important in shaping the way we do things at Lipson.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening will take place on 12th October and following adaptations made due to Covid, we have decided to pursue a virtual model for appointments.  This will be the case for all year groups and will be far more convenient for parents to get an update on student progress without having to leave the comfort of home and mix unnecessarily with others.  Details have been sent out on how to register for the evening but if you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Student Services. 

Open morning tours continue to prove incredibly popular, particularly with parents from further afield in the city.  Once again, I would encourage any prospective parent to come and have a look at us during a normal school day before making this most important decision.  Tours will run until half term and can be booked through reception.    


Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Very best wishes,

Martin Brook, Headteacher