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Headteacher's Blog 7th February 2020

As we come to the end of what has been a very busy week in terms of recruitment, I am filled with excitement and enthusiasm after securing some fantastic new members of staff.  We have been incredibly fortunate to attract such a high calibre of candidate and had the unenviable task of selecting who to appoint. The fact that we had such a strong field is testament to the good work that is going on at Lipson and the resulting reputation we are building.  Great teachers want to work here!  I am over the moon to announce that we have appointed 2 permanent teachers in Maths and 3 in Science, both notoriously difficult areas to staff.  This can only compliment the fantastic work in Teaching and Learning that is already being developed by our existing dedicated staff. 

On this theme we will once again welcome our School Improvement Partner next week to work with our senior team and middle leaders.  This visit will focus on developing a broad and exciting curriculum model as well as focusing on the work of the History department. We will be able to roll out these exciting pathways at our Year 8 Options Evening on Monday.  We want to continue to drive up standards in key areas whilst at the same time offering a broad and balanced curriculum which is further enhanced by the fabulous extra-curricular programme that Lipson is renowned for.

We have much to celebrate this week on the sporting front.  Our Table Tennis team had a fantastic day at the Devon Championships.  They came away with medals in 3 of the 4 categories they competed in.  All students won more games than they lost.  I’d like to give a special mention to Mr Corson who dedicates so much time into developing these students into great players.

Our Year 9 girls Netball team became champions of their league and Year 8 were runners up this week, what a fantastic achievement!  Year 7 girls won their games 10-1 and 3-2, amazing how much progress these players have made in such a short space of time.

Two more great team efforts to mention; our team came 6th overall at the Plymouth Under 13’s Indoor Athletics Championship at Majons and then our Year 10 football team demonstrated a fantastic attitude and performance and despite getting knocked out of the cup, they conducted themselves in a mature, polite manner.  Great commitment by all.

Back in November I’m sure you remember us holding lots of crazy activities as well as mufti to raise money for Children in Need, it was great to receive a certificate from them today for raising a massive £1,262.69!  I’m sure this is the first of many money raising activities run by our Student Leadership team. 

Our Enrichment Week has now been launched with even more great activities than last year, have a lovely weekend reviewing the booklet and picking your favourites.

 

Martin Brook, Headteacher