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The Co-operative Big Band Proudly Presents Hicky Burr

 

We hope the video provides you all with renewed optimism in our talented musical students and sets you up for the week!

 

 

Update 12/05/2020

To support transition from primary to secondary school at this time, we've created a little virtual tour with some useful information. 

Please take a look at our tour linked below and contact us if you have any questions. 

Lipson Virtual Tour May 2020

Update 11/05/2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Following the Prime Minister's update last night, I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts with you about what was said and the possible implications for everyone concerned with Lipson.

I am hoping that we will get more detail today and in the coming days and I will share this with you as it comes to us. But for now I think it would be a good idea to concentrate on the bits we do know.

    • We will not be open before half term. The earliest that students may go back to school is from June 1st and this will start with Primary Schools.
    • Year 7, 8 and 9 students are unlikely to be back before September.
    • If any secondary students are to come back into school before the end of the Summer term it is likely to be Year 10 and Year 12 students. We are already planning for what this might look like.
    • The definition for Key workers has not changed so therefore for now we are only open to a small number of vulnerable students and the children of a few Key Workers who are not able to provide alternative arrangements. 

So in other words, for now we carry on doing what we have been doing. This will continue to at least half term and I would imagine some time beyond that. As we receive more guidance we will share it with you.

Thank you once again for everything you have done so far. The wellbeing and safety of our students and staff remains our main priority at this time. If any of you have any questions or issues you wish to raise at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or over the phone. We have a team of staff ready to try and help although it is unlikely at this stage that we will have clear answers to some of your questions.

I feel very proud about how our whole school community has worked together so far. I have sensed a real bond between students, staff and parents and genuinely believe that we are all trying to pull in the same direction. We will continue to keep the information coming your way as and when we have it. Thank you so much for your support so far.

Very best wishes, Martin Brook, Headteacher

 

Update 30/04/2020

 
Please see below two presentations for your information. 
 
Home Reading
Sharing Information Safely Online
 

Update 29/04/2020

Please see below a short video tutorial to support some of the common questions we've received in the use of Google Drive. Mr Phillips has created this video from the student perspective. 
Google Drive Tutorial 29/04/2020
 

Update 24/04/2020

 

Mr Brook thought you might want to see and hear what our fantastic music department have been up to.

 

 

Update 22/04/2020

A short video message for our Yr11 students. 

Video Message

 

Update 16/04/2020

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Mrs Woodstock, would like to draw your attention to the two documents below to support home learning. 

ADHD and ASD Home Learning Advice

Home Learning Parent Tips

 

Update 15/04/2020

A little video message for all of the current Year 6 students who will be joining us in September.
 

Update 14/04/2020

Please see below a short video message from our Headteacher - Mr Brook.
 
 

Update 09/04/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,


I hope you are well and coping with the extraordinary times we find ourselves in. I wanted to give you a quick update to keep you informed as to where we are.

I hope you have been able to enjoy some time together with your children during what is supposed to be the Easter holiday. I know that some of you will have found the whole home schooling thing quite difficult and we are going to try and make it easier for you from next week. Your child's Head of Year will be in touch very soon with more guidelines to help you support your children from home.

I do not think we will be open to all students for some time yet but of course we take our instructions from the Government on this. In the meantime do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you have issues that you wish to raise with us. Phone calls are being dealt with by our brilliant Student Services team who will direct the calls to whoever is the most appropriate person. The feedback we have had from this system has been very positive so far.

We have been working very hard to get vouchers out to those of you who qualify for free school meals. This has been frustrating through no fault of ours but again, please contact us if you need more help with this. We understand there will be some who find this uncertain and extended time very difficult. If you need additional support please contact our safeguarding team in the usual way.

We are unfortunately having to cancel our Enrichment week and are currently in discussion with the external providers regarding cancellations. We will be contacting parents next week about the next steps and refund process.

We are awaiting confirmation on the trips to Krakow and Paris ( Disney ) and will get this information to you as soon as we have it.

We have also taken the decision to cancel Work Experience for Years 10 and 12.

At times like this I can’t tell you how good it is to be surrounded by so many great people. The Lipson staff have been amazing so far and I am very confident that they will carry on supporting you in whatever ways they can.

Many thanks for your patience so far, if we continue to work together we will get through this and come out the other end even stronger.

Very best wishes, Martin Brook, Headteacher

 

Update 31/03/2020

Following updated government guidance this week, schools have been asked to review their safeguarding and child protection policies and add an addendum for during this period of school closure. The Lipson update can be found here: Addendum

 

Update 27/03/2020

Our update today is a combination of the information from the Headteacher's Blog (linked below) and also a special video message from our Headteacher - Martin Brook (linked below). 

Headteacher's Blog

Video Message

 

Update 26/03/2020

Dear all,

I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for the way you have responded to the extraordinary times we find ourselves in. I have felt humbled and inspired this week by our students, our brilliant staff and by you, our parents and carers. We have never felt more like one big team this week and I am so proud of the way that Lipson tries to serve its community. I hope you have seen the video messages that have been sent out by our fantastic Heads of Year. If not, please take a look, they are great.

I would like to pass on some key information to you. Thank you to those of you who have worked so hard to try and keep the students in a ‘normal’ learning routine this week. We know there have been a few problems but it has been on the whole a good start. We have already responded to your feedback and will look to improve things further but if you have any specific issues or thoughts you would like to share with us please email Tom Goodman, Asst Head on tgoodman@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk  This will give us a good indication as to how things are going as we try to streamline the service we are providing after Easter.

Please be advised we are open over the Easter Holidays for Key Workers only. Should you require childcare over the next two weeks please send a School Gateway message. Email studentservices@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk or phone 07395798842. Please give us 24hrs notice before you send your child/children into school and ensure that you have had confirmation before you send them in. I would politely remind you of the Govt advice that you should only request this if it is absolutely necessary. You have been brilliant with this so far which has meant that we have only been dealing with a very small handful of children. Thank you for your support with this.

Finally I would remind you that in normal circumstances we would be breaking up on Friday for the Easter break. Please remember this for your children. We will only be setting extended project type work for those who really want it. Please encourage them to read and by all means access some of the online packages that are available. But please give them a break, take the pressure off and give yourselves a break from the home schooling. I will be saying exactly the same to staff who also need to be spending their time on looking after their loved ones.

Thanks again, particularly to those of you who have taken the time to message staff and me personally to express your support and gratitude. We are doing the best we can in very difficult circumstances but we will come through the other side of this even stronger as a school and as a community. Take great care of yourselves and your loved ones,

Martin Brook, Headteacher

 

Update 24/03/2020

Please follow the links below for:

 - Information for Key Workers

 - Parents guide to home learning

Update 19/03/2020 12:30

Please follow the links below to access copies of letters to parents with further information for each year group:

Year 13

Year 12

Year 11

Year 10

Years 7, 8 & 9

 

Update 18/03/2020 18:10

Given the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening, we understand that all Year 10, 11 and 13 students due to sit exams in the Summer will undoubtedly be feeling a range of emotions and be worried. Please try not to panic as this is a national situation.

The Lipson Senior Leadership Team will be in school tomorrow and available to all students who wish to talk about this and what it may mean (although it is obviously a shock to us too). We will meet as a senior team in the morning and put further information out tomorrow.

We will work over the next couple of days to understand the requirements regarding provision for vulnerable groups and contact parents/carers to identify which students will need to attend to access any bespoke provision to be put into place. With regard to this, please look out for a further school Comms message tomorrow.

The senior team will all be available to answer phone queries from parents/carers regarding exams between 10-11am tomorrow. Please try not to worry. We will get through this together.

 

Update 18/03/2020 13:40

 

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 Communication with parents/carers:

As we have announced a closure starting from tomorrow as a result of the Coronovirus Pandemic, we are delighted to be able to continue supporting your child through the outstanding online packages we subscribe to and with additional materials prepared by our teaching staff in readiness for this eventuality.

All communication and updates regarding the closure and re-opening dates and guidance will be provided through the front page of our school website. We will inform parents/carers via our other social media platforms too to ensure good coverage, but these formats will always link back to the information on the website. We will continue to take advice from the Government and should their guidance/direction change, we will contact parents accordingly.

At this stage, we expect to see all students back after the Easter break, but this will very much depend on the national and local emerging picture. Should the situation change and permit opening in any capacity next week, we will communicate this with parents through the website.

Work set for students to complete from home:

The primary way for parents/carers to see what work is being set for their children will be on Class Charts. Students are advised to study following the structure of their timetable. Teaching staff will be available to each of their own classes during these times to support learning and answer any questions via email. For Year 11 and 13 students, staff will be available throughout the day to support and not just during scheduled lesson times. It is advised that students email their classroom teacher but copy in the Head of Department, in case the individual member of staff has themselves been taken unwell and is unable to respond. Subject leaders will monitor responses in liaison with their teams. Whilst summarised on Class Charts, communication with students regarding their school work will be through a variety of formats depending on the year group and subject.

A suggested structure for students is as follows:

8.40 – 9.00

Independent reading

9.00 – 10.00

Lesson 1

10.00 – 11.00

Lesson 2

11.00 – 11.20

Break away from the work environment

11.20 – 12.20

Lesson 3

12.20 – 1.20

Lesson 4

1.20 – 2.00

Lunch eaten away from the work environment

2.00 – 3.00

Lesson 5

3.00 – 4.00

Independent reading (in lieu of homework)

4.00 – 5.00

Additional time for work and reading that was not completed during the day after parental checks. Free time for those that followed the schedule.

Parents/carers are reminded that during this period of closure, students should not be seen out and about in the community during school hours. The expectation is that they are at home and studying.

6th form learning and study support:

For students in Years 12 and 13, all of the work set will be shared directly with the individual students/classes through either email, Google Classroom or Google Drive. If there are any concerns regarding the availability or suitability of work for these year groups, concerns should be sent to pboyes@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and/or gcomber@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and Mr Boyes/Mrs Comber will address this with the appropriate staff.

Year 11 learning and study support:

For students in Year 11, all revision materials have been collated for students onto Google Drive and this link has been shared with them. They will all have received an email to their school account providing them with this link. They will find folders for each subject which contain a host of revision materials. In addition to this, they will find a document entitled “Useful Links and Resources.” This contains all of the required links to the various online learning packages including GCSE Pod, Seneca Learning, Hegarty Maths, BBC Bitesize and PIXL. In addition to this, some departments have prepared additional bespoke learning materials which can be accessed through Google Classroom and the access codes are also listed in this document. Year 11 students will also be able to access further resources on the exam board websites and links to these have also been included within this document. If there are any concerns regarding the availability or suitability of work for these year groups, concerns should be sent to tashton@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and/or smitchell1@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and Mrs Ashton/Mr Mitchell will address this with the appropriate staff.

Additional Year 11 Information

Year 10 learning and study support:

For students in Year 10, all work is focussed on preparing students for the GCSE English Literature exam in the Summer. For students in Year 10, all revision materials have been collated for students onto Google Drive and this link has been shared with them. They will all have received an email to their school account providing them with this link.

If there are any concerns regarding the availability or suitability of work for these year groups, concerns should be sent to klewis-ward@lipson.plymouth.sch and/or swatson@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and Miss Lewis-Ward/Mr Watson will address this with the appropriate staff.

Year 7-9

For students in Years 7-9, subjects are setting research projects to be undertaken by the students based on the schemes of learning students will be going on to study in Term 5.

All work for students in Key Stage 3 will be set using either Google Classroom or Class Charts, with supporting materials available on Google Drive. Some departments will link students directly to online software such as Hegarty for Maths or Seneca Learning for Geography.

Below is a summary of the work / project titles set initially. Staff will provide additional tasks and guidance to go with these headings.

Year 9 learning and study support:

Subject

Task

History

Research project focussing on Nazi Germany – all set on Google Classroom

Media Studies

Focus on Component 1 – all work set through Google Classroom

Geography

All students have been emailed a code for Seneca Learning where online tasks will be set

Music

Introduction to Live Sound unit of work. Set on Class Charts.

Art

Individual negotiated projects. Knowledge organisers to support have been shared on Google Classroom.

IT

Collecting, presenting and interpreting data. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts / Google Classroom

Mathematics

Work has been set on deduction, Pythagoras’ theorem and rotation/translation. Set on Class Charts – directing to work on Hegarty Maths.

French

Expose d’une vedette francophone (Expose on a French celebrity). Set on Class Charts.

Spanish

Exposicion de una personalidad hispanohablante (Expose on a Spanish celebrity)

English

A Christmas Carol – all work and resources shared on Google Drive. Set on Google Classroom.

Biology

All work set using Google Classroom / Class Charts focussing on communicable diseases, preventing & spreading disease, non-communicable diseases, photosynthesis and respiration.

Chemistry

All work set using Google Classroom / Class Charts focussing on acids and alkalis, reactivity series, extraction of metals and energy changes.

Physics

All work set using Google Classroom / Class Charts focussing on molecules & matter and radioactivity.

Contacts regarding this work are as follows:

Year 9 – ndyke@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and/or kgeraghty@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk

Year 8 learning and study support:

Subject

Task

History

Personal research project into a historical character or time period of own choice. Set on Class Charts.

Geography

An investigation project looking at extreme weather. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts.

Music

Extended project of the history of Blues music. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts.

Art

Hundertwasser project. All work shared on Google Classroom.

IT

Visual programming and textual programming. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts / Google Classroom.

Mathematics

Work has been set on fractions/percentages, number sense and standard form. Set on Class Charts – directing to work on Hegarty Maths.

French

Learning facts / producing a project about a francophone country. Set on Class Charts.

Spanish

Learning facts / producing a project about a Spanish speaking country. Set on Class Charts.

English

1.       Completion of Understanding grammar booklet

2.       Reading skills booklet

3.       Creative writing booklet

All available on Class Charts and set through Google Classroom.

Science

All work set using Google Classroom / Class Charts focussing on Forces, electromagnetics and energy.

Contacts regarding this work are as follows:

Year 8 – tgoodman@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and/or hgreen@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk

Year 7 learning and study support:

Subject

Task

History

Personal research project into a historical character or time period of own choice. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts.

Geography

An investigation project looking at tropical rainforests. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts.

Music

Extended project of the structure of music. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts.

Art

Shape and tone project. All work shared on Google Classroom.

IT

Hardware and software and Networks units of work. Specific tasks to support will be set on Class Charts / Google Classroom

Mathematics

Work has been set on directed numbers and fractional thinking. Set on Class Charts.

French

Learning facts / producing a project about a francophone country. Set on Class Charts.

English

1.       Completion of Understanding grammar booklet

2.       Reading skills booklet

3.       Creative writing booklet

All available on Class Charts and set on Google Classroom.

Science

All work set using Google Classroom / Class Charts focussing on Matter (particle model and separating molecules); Reactions (acids & alkalis and metals and non-metals) and Earth (earth structure and the universe)

Contacts regarding this work are as follows:

Year 7 – tgoodman@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and/or cswiggs@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk

Safeguarding Concerns:

For parents/carers or students who might have concerns arising during the closure with regard to matters of a safeguarding and/or welfare nature, the following agencies can be contacted for further support, advice or guidance.

Service

Contact Number

Emergency Services

999

Police non-emergency

101

NHS non-emergency

111

Children’s services (Gateway)

01752 668000

Multi Agency Hub

01752 305200

Children Services out of Hours

01752 346884

Child Line

08001111

NSPCC

08088005000

Citizen advice

03444111444

FIRST stop 

To include

·         Housing advice

·         Housing benefit

·         Council tax

·         Bus passes

·         Other council information

 

Universal credit

08003285644

Samaritans

03300945717

Salvation Army

01752 767534

CAMHS – Support for child mental health

01752 431601

The ZONE – Youth support for a variety of problems.

To include

·         Mental health

·         Mediation

·         Housing for young people

·         Sexual health information

01752 206626

Young Devon Youth services

01752 894921

KOOTH – Free safe anonymous counselling support

www.kooth.com

Harbour young people service – support for young people around alcohol and substance misuse

01752 434295

FRANK – Teenagers pressured into taking drugs – Don’t be one of them

01628796518

Jeremiahs Journey

01752763666

Virgin Care – immunisations information

03333219884

Plymouth local food Bank

01752 254981

Supporting children who are LAC or if you have safeguarding concerns:

If you are a LAC student, a foster carer, or have safeguarding concerns about one of our students and wish to speak with a member of the Lipson safeguarding Team, please email safeguarding@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk and one of the team will contact you when available.

Contact subject specialist teachers during the closure:

If you wish to contact individual teachers directly regarding work set during the closure, our teachers can be contacted using their email addresses which can be found on the following link:

https://www.lipsonco-operativeacademy.coop/Teaching-Staff-Contact-List/  

Supporting Children with SEND:

We realise that, for students who usually access additional support in-class through one of our teaching assistants, undertaking independent study at home may be more difficult. We have therefore linked each one of our key SEN students with an identified Teaching Assistant who will be available to provide some remote online or phone-based explanation if needed. Miss Woodstock as the SENCo will share the identified TA and their contact emails directly with the affected students/parents. All parents of SEND students can also contact Miss Woodstock with any queries by email on wwoodstock@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk

General contact:

We hope that this provides full information to enable you to support your child/children during this time. If you have any further questions, please address them to the contacts above or directly to student services on studentservices@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk