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Headteacher's Blog 2nd October 2020

Well, after an extraordinary amount of planning for the unimaginable, I am very pleased that we have made it to the end of our first month back at school!  I have been overwhelmed by the positive attitude displayed by our staff and the mature and sensible way our young people have adapted to the new daily routines.  They have clearly come back ready to get on with their learning.

I am immensely proud of the attitudes of our young people and the fact that as a result of a  massive staff effort, we have been able to continue to provide a full and varied curriculum across the whole of the school site.  It is exactly this well-rounded and varied education that Lipson is famous for and this is what parents want to be available for their children when they pick us as their secondary school. 

As we are all aware, this is an ever-changing situation for which there is no handbook.  We receive daily guidance from The Department for Education, as well as speaking to our students, staff and parents and adapt our processes accordingly.  To this end, following a staff survey, we will be introducing mask wearing for all staff moving around the inside of the school from Monday.  This is something we intend to roll out for students the following week.  It is clear that we have all become accustomed to wearing masks in supermarkets and at times where social distancing is impossible and believe that after seeing staff modelling this practice for a week, it will become second nature to our students.  There will be no requirement to wear masks in lesson, at social times whilst in years group bubbles or when outside. 

We have been busy focusing on our blended and remote learning provision to ensure that should a year group bubble be sent home; the standard of remote work would be as high quality as if they were in school.  This will be discussed and demonstrated again next week to all students in assembly to ensure they know how to access this online provision.

At Lipson we know that communication between home and school is vital to ensure productive relationships.  To this end we will be running our very first virtual meet the tutor event on Thursday 8th October from 3.30-4.30pm.  This event is an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have to your child’s tutor by email.  Tutor’s will endeavour to answer as many questions in that hour as possible, if this isn’t possible, all questions will be answered within the next day.  We are determined to still work closely with families despite the circumstances and hope to see lots of you there. 

Even though we have been unable to run an Open Evening this year for prospective Year 6 students, it has been wonderful to see how many individual families have booked to have 1:1 tours of the school.  The feedback has been very positive and I am sure we are set to be oversubscribed again in September. 

I would like to finish once again by thanking the students, staff and parents for their hard work and understanding, ensuring that we are able to run as a fully functioning school, offering wonderful opportunities in a safe learning environment for our students.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

 

Martin Brook, Headteacher