Headteacher's Blog 17th January 2020
Years 10 and 11 have had their first taste of true exam conditions this week as they began their PPEs (or mock exams in old language). Students have behaved impeccably well and shown great maturity at this important time. I would like to give a special mention to our Year 10 cohort who, despite their younger age behaved fantastically. Predictions suggest that we have much to be optimistic about with this year. These exam results will give students a clear indication of the level they are currently working at and more importantly a clear idea of the hard work and investment of time they need to put into their studies over the coming weeks to secure the grades they deserve.
On this note we have been very pleased with the level of attendance at our Year 11 after school Study Café. The lure of hot chocolate and biscuits has drawn our hard-working students to stay on after school for dedicated revision. This is often a much better option than trying to study in isolation at home with the various daily distractions that life presents. Keep up the good work Year 11 and I hope to see even more of you at the Study Café. Remember, there is also a weekly chance to win a free Prom ticket if you attend.
We are excited about the launch of our ever-popular Year 11 ‘Stress Buster’ sessions. Students will be able to alleviate some of that stress in the lead up to the exams by participating in various free sessions such as Zumba, Aerobics and Football starting this Friday afternoon. We understand how important it is to keep a healthy balance between work and rest.
Year 8 Parents’ Evening was a great success last night with over 85% attendance. I never cease to appreciate the importance of developing the relationship between parents and school as students make their way through their time with us. Students were particularly interested in discussing their curriculum pathway and options for GCSE studies. This will be explained in much more detail during our Year 8 Options Evening on 10th February.
I am very encouraged to be welcoming more external visitors from other schools next week. It was always my intention to work in collaboration with more local schools when I came here but the fact that other schools are approaching us to come and see how we are doing things is a good indication of how well things are going at Lipson.
We are equally as keen to maintain strong relationships with our Primary partners and are looking forward to hosting the Primary Football Festival next week where we will welcome 5 teams from local schools. This has been planned and will be led in a professional manner by our Sports Leaders. It is always a pleasure to welcome our students of the future and show them the great facilities we have to offer.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Martin Brook Headteacher