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Headteacher's Blog 22nd November 2019

The Sports Hall was a hive of activity last night as Year 11 joined us for the Sixth Form Open Evening.  Students and their families were blown away by the extensive range of qualifications on offer to study here at Lipson, at Post 16.  Each academic course had its own stand and it remains a priority to attract as many students as possible to these courses along with offering a vast array of vocational routes through our partner training providers.  Many of our students didn’t realise they were able to study this type of course whilst remaining under the Lipson wing.  Attendance was fantastic and we very much look forward to receiving completed application forms over the coming days. 

Year 11 were very much focused this morning in the first of our Learning Conferences.  This event is run as a professional conference to give Year 11 the mature environment they deserve to focus on learning approaches and revision techniques as well as looking to their future study pathways.

We had the pleasure this week of welcoming Headteachers and Year 5 and 6 teachers from our feeder Primary Schools to come and meet some of their ex-students and review the provision here at Lipson at KS3.  These primary links are so important to us, our visitors were able to see how happy and settled their ex-students were. 

Our Primary Partners reviewed the tutor reading scheme and commented on how calm the students were as they left for their first lesson of the day.  The importance and joy of reading was clear for all to see.  We will not be complacent however, as we were held to task regarding some aspects of Teaching and Learning.  This is a clear focus for us moving forward and we welcome the challenge.

Another important Primary link for us is through Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership.  I received a letter of thanks this week for the provision of high quality, student sports leaders who helped to run the Primary Athletics Heats.  These took place at Lipson and was a fantastic way to demonstrate the maturity of our students as well as the brilliant facilities we have on offer.

Whilst on the sporting front, it was another cracking win for our under 15 girls’ team last night securing another three points. Well done girls, I’m told most importantly they always play with a big smile on their faces!

Finally, on Tuesday we are looking forward to welcoming 60 American students and their teachers from the Plymouth Marching Band, Massachusetts, who will perform to us and our Primary partners as part of the Mayflower anniversary celebrations.  Our Co-operative Big Band will also be performing alongside them in a concert on 30th November, 7pm at Marjons Arts Centre.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming our visitors.

Martin Brook Headteacher