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Headteacher's Blog 20th November 2020

We have faced many challenges throughout the year as we have tried our best to respond to the situation we find ourselves in but this week has been particularly difficult. A number of positive Covid cases in Year 11 and 12 have resulted in us having to isolate nearly 300 students. We are also having to keep an eye on our staffing levels to be sure that we can continue to stay open and serve the students in the very best way that we can.

I would like to say a massive thank you to our entire community for the way that you have responded throughout this crisis but particularly in the last week. The students who are still in school have been an absolute credit in terms of the way that they continue to engage with their learning. The Year 11 and 12 students have also been amazing this week with the vast majority of them continuing to work hard and get fully involved in their lessons even though they are stuck at home. The Lipson staff just carry on impressing me with their levels of resolve and resilience. They have been fantastic this week, despite working in really challenging circumstances and I cannot thank them enough. And finally, our parents have also been overwhelmingly positive with their response and it makes everyone's life so much easier because of the way that they support the school. 

Please believe me when I say that not all school communities work like this and especially at the moment. I was told about the 'Lipson family' when I arrived here last year and the last few days and weeks have confirmed to me that no matter how challenging the circumstances are, the spirit and feeling of belonging makes Lipson a very special place to be.

Thank you for ongoing support as we continue to do the very best we can for our students. 

Very best wishes to you all.


Martin Brook, Headteacher