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Headteacher's Blog 28th May 2021

As we reach the end of the half term it is clear that things are slowly getting back to normal. Hopefully next week will bring the promised good weather and staff and students will have the opportunity to take a breath. This time of year is always busy but without the formal exams taking place this year, the workload on staff who have had to set, mark and moderate their own assessments has been heavier than ever. My job this week has been to add the final bit of moderation and quality assurance to the student grades for Years 10, 11 and 13 and I have once again been blown away by the incredible efforts and professionalism of the Lipson staff. Our students will undoubtedly get the grades that they deserve in the Summer and rightly so but the amount of work that the staff have put in to ensure that this happens has been phenomenal. My job continues to be relatively easy when I come to work every day with so many brilliant people.

As the restrictions start to lift I would like to remind you that we are holding the first 'real life', face to face Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 23rd June. Booking opens on Saturday 29th May and I would encourage you to book as soon as you can. Please refer to the school gateway email letter that was sent out this week for guidance.

Our proposed partnership with the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust is starting to take shape. I was asked to attend their Leadership training day with other Headteachers from the Trust yesterday and was afforded a very warm welcome. It is nice to see and hear that they recognise that Lipson has a big contribution to make to the way that they do things. Whilst it is also abundantly clear to me that working more collaboratively with a number of schools in Plymouth and Exeter will enable us to access some fantastic practice which will only help to make us even better. I am confident that Lipson will continue to stand for what it always has done and will maintain its place at the heart of our community, whilst at the same time continuing to try and improve in everything it does. Exciting times ahead. 

Finally, I had the greatest pleasure today of watching a Year 8 Drama production of 'The Marxist in Heaven' which was put on in connection with the National Theatre. Wow! When you look at the talent on show today alongside the amazing things going on in other areas such as Music and PE lower down the school, we have some truly exciting things to look forward to in the next few years as these students go up through the school. A special thank you today to Brantley Rogers, our relatively new Head of Drama but also to all those staff who continue to ensure that the wider curricular offer here at Lipson is second to none locally. Yet another example of this is the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh group who will be out with Katy Geraghty and Sam Jones over half term.

That's it for now, enjoy the break next week and I look forward to sharing more great news with you when we return.

Very best wishes,


Martin Brook, Headteacher