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Headteacher's Blog 15th November 2019

 “It was the most wonderful time of the year” for the Cooperative Big Band once again last weekend with their annual 3-day performance at Buckland Abbey Christmas Fayre. Although the weather was challenging on the Saturday the whole weekend was well attended and they traditionally paid their respects with Oliver Marsland playing the Last Post and Reveille perfectly. This is an important event and our students who ‘always’ perform with maturity and professionalism and continue to ‘fly the Lipson flag’ proudly within our local community.

I am really pleased to let you all know that we have a new School Improvement Partner. Dr Richard Steward, Headteacher at the outstanding Woodroffe School in Dorset until September and now an author and lead Ofsted Inspector has spent his first day with us today. He will act as a 'critical friend' to us and knowing him as I do, he will be very challenging at times but undoubtedly someone who will tell us the truth rather than just what we want to hear. I am confident that he will work with us to help us improve further, particularly in the area of Teaching and Learning. In fact, I think he will be as good as anyone across the region in doing this. I am delighted to have secured him.

In other news, Luke Pollard MP, was in school on Tuesday and left suitably impressed I think. Good news travels fast it seems and he was very keen to tell me that he was hearing lots of positive things about us in the community. We are undoubtedly starting to get our message out there which is great for the school. I look forward to meeting candidates from other political parties over the coming weeks.

Year 7 Parents Evening took place last night and was a real success. Attendance was fantastic and parents were really positive about their child’s transition to secondary school. One parent commented that they were really pleased with their child’s progress and it had been great to meet staff and to hear how well their child had settled in.

Finally, in our continual spirit of kindness, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of students and staff for Children in Need today. I am waiting to hear what the grand total raised is but I’m told amazingly that it is currently over £1100 with more donations yet to be counted! The school has had a huge family feel to it today as we all had fun together raising money for such a good cause. Behaviour was exceptional despite the mass frivolity of throwing buckets of water and wet sponges over staff which unfortunately included my good self! Thank you to all who organised events including Pudsey biscuits, guess the name of the bear and mufti and to all of you who donated.

Martin Brook, Headteacher