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Principal's Blog 10th May 2019

It has been another busy week but a very positive and productive one. Having been here all of three weeks now I am beginning to get my feet under the table and things will only get easier as I get to know more of the staff and the students. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here.

I have been impressed so far with many things but perhaps most noticeably by a real sense that the school relishes its role of being at the very heart of the community. This is something that I am very keen to preserve and for it to continue we must strive to maintain and build upon the excellent relationships that clearly already exist between the staff, the students and the parents.

This week we have launched our plans to organise the school in horizontal year groups from September. I would like to thank Mr Goodman and Mr Dyke and the new Heads of Year for the hard work they have put in in such a short period of time to get us to a place where we are able to involve students and parents. I know that many of you have expressed some concerns about moving away from the Guild system but we are aiming to ensure that all the best features of this are not just maintained but actually improved upon as we move forward. A series of assemblies and parental information evenings have enabled us to share our plans and some of the questions raised at these events have given us the opportunity to explain the thinking behind our ideas. Thank you to those parents who attended, it was encouraging to see and hear the level of support and challenge for this initiative as it demonstrates that our parents really care. I think the new system is not only exciting but will have a big impact on the school in the near future. I also have every confidence that the staff who will be implementing the change will do so with thought, passion and enthusiasm and therefore ensure that it is successful.

The exam season is now upon us so I would like to wish our Year 11 and Year 13 students all the luck in the world and trust that they will get out of the exams exactly what they deserve to based on the efforts they have put in. I would also like to thank the staff for all their efforts in preparing the students at this crucial time.

Some sporting results to update you on-Tuesday afternoon saw Lipson kick off their athletics season in a ‘Super 8’ athletic team event for the Year 7s. All students were impeccable from start to end, and gained some outstanding results, in particular Archie Waines finished 2nd in the Hurdles on his first ever attempt at the event. Geronimo Connatty finishing 2nd in the Javelin after only one lesson of practice, Lilly Vessey finishing strongly in 2nd place in the 800m. Lipson dominated the 200m with both Molly Lane and Kane Libby winning by a clear distance in their respective races followed on by both Kane and Liam Hewitt finishing 1st and 2nd in the Shot Putt. It was a fantastic event and first taste of elite athletics for our students, Mr Mee was immensely proud of each and every one of them.

On another sporting note, Miss Geraghty was pleased to inform me that the Under 13s team have secured a place in the Devon FA School Girls Finals, finishing joint top in Plymouth to secure the position.  I look forward to hearing how they get on 21st May-well done girls!

Have a great weekend and thank you for your ongoing support.


Mr Brook, Interim Principal