Headteacher's Blog 26th March 2021
Just when we were starting to believe that Spring was coming and everything was beginning to feel so much more positive, we have been hit with another student being tested positive for Covid this week. This has resulted in more than forty Year 11 students having to isolate much to their frustration and disappointment. We would obviously like to wish the student concerned and his family well and this situation serves as a timely reminder that we are not quite out of the woods yet. We will continue to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and our staff for as long as we need to.
In light of the shops being closed and students having grown so much during the school closure, we have had a uniform standards amnesty. We firmly believe this was the right thing to do despite this being a very different stance from that taken by many schools in the city. Thankfully the shops are re-opening on 12th April, along with hairdressers so we must insist that from the start of term on Monday 19th April, all students are in full school uniform with the correct shoes, with natural hair colour and the necessary equipment to learn. Sanctions will come in to play from the first day of terms for any student not adhering to our high standards. For a reminder of all uniform expectations, please click here for a link to the ‘Families Handbook’.
Finally, just a reminder from me that we break up for Easter on Thursday. School will finish at the usual time of 3.05 but we will be having a 'mufti day', the money from which will go towards the support of a group of Year 11 students who are taking part in an exciting environmental expedition to Ecuador in July and August 2022.
Thank you as always for your amazing support during what has been another strange and challenging term. Despite our setback this week, the future is beginning to look brighter and every day and week that passes brings us closer to some sort of normality. It has felt calm and settled in school this week and there is no doubt in my mind that the students are just glad to be getting back into some kind of routine. The Summer term will be all about trying to get back to doing some of the extra fun stuff that sets Lipson apart. Trips, visits and a huge range of wider curricular activities and events are very much on our agenda if we are just allowed to get on and do them. Fingers crossed!
Very best wishes,
Martin Brook, Headteacher