Headteacher's Blog 1st April 2021
We have come to the end of what feels like a hard term despite us only being back at school since March. We have dealt with remote learning and changed our whole way of working to ensure just as much challenge and high-quality lessons as if the students had been in school. I know this was difficult for staff and students at times but we adapted our way of working to achieve some outstanding work and high levels of engagement. We also had our visit from Ofsted who praised us for this aspect of our work. On top of this we have had the ongoing issues presented by Covid, so all in all we have been busy.
It has been lovely to be back in school over the past few weeks, staff and students have really settled in well and adapted to the new measures keeping everyone safe. As promised, we have been quick to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. This week we were delighted to once again enjoy our fantastic extra curriculum offer in the form of the inter tutor group tournament. Students from year 7-10 got involved in various different sports afterschool with lots of support from their teachers and Heads of Years. It was great to see students interacting with each other whilst adhering to the restrictions. This is Just the start of lots more extracurricular activities to come!
Looking ahead to the future, we were delighted to get final confirmation this week that we will be welcoming 205 students into Year 7 in September. This is 25 over our normal yearly intake, which along with the incredibly high numbers who have applied to stay on in the 6th Form in September ensure the school is in a very strong position moving forward. The word has certainly got out there that Lipson is a fantastic place to be and we can’t wait to welcome the new students to school.
A polite reminder to please do your lateral flow tests twice a week over the holidays. We all have to play our part in keeping everyone safe and getting back to normality as quickly as we can.
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter break. To send you out, please click here to view our Music Academy who didn’t let the inability to physically rehearse together get in the way of progress, that’s resilience for you! Also, enjoy the sporting pictures below.
Very best wishes,
Martin Brook, Headteacher