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Headteacher's Blog 14th February 2020

Not even two terms in and our Junior Music Academy are flying in terms of progress! They are already reading from sheet music and rehearsing for their Easter concert.   The Year 7 group really have embraced the Music Academy and the standard of music being produced is exceptional for such young musicians who have only been together as a group for such a short time.  I can’t wait to see and hear them as they go up through the school.   

Year 8 Options Evening took place on Monday and was a great success with over 80% attendance.  Students and their families were shown a recommended pathway of study to enable them to reach their full potential in a new and exciting curriculum model. 

Our Combined Cadet Force opening ceremony took place on Thursday.  At what was a prestigious occasion, the formal opening ceremony took place visited by local dignitaries, parents and governors.  Our Cadets were a credit to the school and performed immaculately in the parade which was topped off with a celebratory CCF cake and cup of tea! 

Our Enrichment Days have been launched for Years 7-9 and will run between 24th -26th June 2020.  These days present an exciting opportunity for students to take part in activities they would not ordinarily have the chance to experience in a school context.  This will enable students at Lipson to have a well-rounded education and be able to take an active part in the society in which they work and live.  Bookings can be made between 13th and 26th February or until places on activities are full. 

I have been really impressed with how well Year 11 have embraced the after-school Study Café,  with attendance of at least 60 students per day.  Year 11 are really engaged and know what they need to do to achieve their very best.  To balance out the hard work, students have been really enjoying the ‘Stress Buster’ sessions on a Friday afternoon and letting their hair down playing football and participating in Zumba.  These free sessions will continue weekly in the run up to the exams.  We also have record numbers signed up to join us in the Sixth Form.

We have had some important visitors again this week.  On Wednesday our School Improvement Partner, Richard Steward came to work with the History department and look at developing a broad curriculum model.  On Friday, Hannah Woodhouse, Regional Schools Commissioner chose Lipson to speak to Plymouth Headteachers in conjunction with the South West Teaching Schools Council.

Lots of sporting success to report this week.  Our Year 9 boys football team are currently sitting at the top of the league with an unbeaten record this season with 3 wins and 2 draws. Whilst we await confirmation of one final result we are confident that they will be crowned winners of the Plymouth central venue this year. Special mention to all the players who represented the school in great fashion and performed fantastically; Mason Mann, Finley Nelson, Ade Oshinyemi, Declan Hambly, Hamza Ibrahim, Ali Bairami, Mitchell Austin, Harvey Bailey & Ryan Hollett.

Following in similar style to our Year 9 team our Year 8's have also performed brilliantly at the central venue fixtures against some great teams, currently also top of the table awaiting the final result to confirm us as champions. Some stand out performances from; Kieran Edney, Kane Libby, Carson Wheeler, Mason Woods, Brody Pawley, Mo Shayea, Liam Hewitt, Max Roberts & Paul Sheerin. 

Mrs Law has really been pushing girls Rugby and organised a great day out for our Year 7 and 8 girls, developing their Rugby skills and confidence at Plymouth Albion.  Looking forward to seeing their progress.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break.


Martin Brook, Headteacher