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Headteacher's Blog 30th April 2021

There is a feel of spring in the air this week, although I’m sure you would agree, we could do with the temperature rising a little! 

I’m really pleased to report that the standard of uniform is getting even higher, students look incredibly smart and are fully ready to learn with their school equipment. This is excellent and I am proud of the way school looks; this has only been possible with the support from home and I thank you for that.

Year 10 participated in a virtual Careers Fair this week through the ‘Heart of the South West Hub’. Students were able to explore opportunities with local employers across the southwest and find out more about further education colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities. It was lovely to see their positive engagement with this event, exemplary behaviour and a keen interest in exploring their futures. This event will prepare them for their career’s meetings with our advisor from Careers South West and is the start of the transition programme from Year 11 into Post 16 education. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Marshall, Careers Leader, for any further information and support. 

Exam season is upon us and although things are very different this year, students are putting in maximum effort for their classroom-based assessments.  These students have been through an awful lot of stress over the past year but they haven’t let it affect the determination they have shown to achieve some excellent results.  A huge amount of work has gone into preparing Centre Assessed Grades for our Year 13, Year 11 and Year 10 students and we are very confident that our procedures and processes are robust and that these students will get the grades that they have worked for and deserve. 

Recruitment season is also upon us for the next academic year.  I am incredibly pleased and excited to have been able to appoint Claire Jones as our new Deputy Headteacher, starting in September. Claire will be overseeing Teaching and Learning and has already started to work with us to put plans and training in place for some exciting developments in the new year. 

We have also been lucky enough to secure an excellent new addition to the Maths department-Natasha Taylor along with a fabulous appointment to the Geography team, Thomas Drinkwater. We are all very much looking forward to working with them in September.

Links with our feeder primary schools are very important to us here at Lipson and Mr Goodman and I will be lucky enough to go out and visit each of them over the next few weeks. It is vital to keep in close contact and discuss and developments within the schools as well as planning for a supportive and exciting transition from Year 6 to 7. As previously mentioned, we are very much looking forward to welcoming 210 students into Year 7 in September, the biggest year group we have had for a very long time. Testament to the word getting out about the good work being done here at Lipson.  

Thank you once again for your ongoing support of the school.  I wish you all very enjoyable, long bank holiday weekend.

 

Very best wishes,

Martin Brook, Headteacher