Headteacher's Blog 19th December 2019
As we come to the end of what has been a very busy and productive term, I would like to reflect on how far we have come together as a school in a relatively short period of time. The most notable achievement I think has been the cultural change we have overseen. The behaviour and attitude of our students has been excellent and this has made the school feel like a nice place to be. Students want to come to school and be able to learn in quiet, calm, focused classrooms. There has also been a huge emphasis on being kind to each other, such a basic trait but one that goes so far to bring about respect and a feeling of worth. This shift has only been possible with the support of parents and buy in from a group of staff who are exceptionally committed and whose attitude from day one has been outstanding. This cultural foundation is the first step in a necessary sequence to move Lipson back to being the great school I believe it will be again in the near future.
I am thoroughly enjoying being the Headteacher here. Indeed, I have never been made to feel as welcome as I have been here by the whole school community. The school has a special feeling about it and this was evident on Tuesday when I attended my first Lipson Christmas Concert. I was blown away by the talent and dedication of our students and singing a few carols really got me in the Christmas spirit even if the photograph makes it look like I was at a funeral!
Students and staff have worked really hard in the past few weeks collecting food and supplies for the Plymouth Food Bank. I’ve been impressed with the generosity of our students and staff and the enthusiasm shown to help those less fortunate than themselves. I know their hard work will go a long way to improve the Christmas of lots of families.
Finally, I would just like to thank you for your support and wish you all a very merry, safe and restful Christmas. Enjoy the break and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Martin Brook Headteacher