Headteacher's Blog 21st May 2021
I felt quite moved last Friday as Year 11 were clapped out of school in a guard of honour led by staff and our youngest students in Year 7. The pride on their faces was clear for all to see as they walked out of school for the last time in their uniforms. We were delighted to welcome most of them back on Monday to start their Post 16 education in our Sixth Form. In a plan to get them ahead of the game, we have started both the academic and vocational paths of study early in a bid to make up for some of the time lost to education over the past year. Students were clearly very pleased to be treated with the maturity and respect allotted to the Sixth Form.
Also, on Friday it was our final farewell to Year 13. Students were treated to a delicious cream tea from Mrs Comber and the Sixth Form team as we reminisced about their time here at Lipson. This year group will be greatly missed and we wish them all the very best for future study and employment and look forward to updates about how they are getting on in the big wide world.
We held interviews this week for a Food Technology teacher and were very excited to appoint a candidate from Bermuda! Laura is relocating back to the UK after 10 years teaching abroad. In fact, we were so impressed by the calibre of interviewees, we appointed a 2nd candidate who will be joining us a Cover Teacher from September. Attracting such talent is testament to the word getting out about Lipson being a great place to work and go to school! Step by step we continue to strive for our aim of having ‘a great teacher’ in every classroom.
Perhaps one good thing to come out of the pandemic is our ability to use technology more to our advantage. There will never again be the need for students to catch up if they can’t physically attend school because of the fantastic on-line resources that we have developed. The pandemic has actually led to some improvements to school. The one-way system for instance has been a great solution to bottlenecks around the site and have made for much calmer lesson change over times. Dedicated year group entrances have made the job of Heads of Year so much easier in getting to know the students in their years groups and making meaningful relationships with them.
Finally, in breaking news there was no pie today! Staff are inconsolable and numerous complaints have been submitted to the catering team. Fingers crossed for normal service to resume next week or I could be dealing with my first serious staffing issue.
Thank you as always for your continued support, have a lovely weekend,
Very best wishes,
Martin Brook, Headteacher