Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 10th February 2017

It is hard to believe that we have completed another half term and what a busy and vibrant half term it has been. All this week we have had to endure endless photos of our fantastic ski trip. We have had 39 students plus staff enjoying Lipson’s first ski trip in Bormio, Italy. The photos showed the wide range of activities the students were involved in - from pizza making, curling and of course skiing - the students really have had a trip of a lifetime. This is what school trips are about -making memories. I'm sure we're going to be hearing about this trip for a very long time. The photos say it all:

Huge thanks go to the staff who have organised this and a big thank you to Rhys Phillips, Katy Geraghty, Struan Mitchell, Gaynor Comber and Pat Trace for accompanying the students on an unforgettable experience and for those staff back at Lipson who have stepped in to cover key positions. In particular well done to Mr Swiggs and Mr Mee who stepped in to lead Chandler’s guild in Mr Mitchell's absence.  

Two of our sixth form students, Toby Smith and Kayleigh Cuthbert have been selected to attend a visit to Auschwitz. We have had several students attend this visit before. The purpose of the trip is to visit key places and sites of the Holocaust, walk in the footsteps of those involved, to feel the atmosphere of one of the most horrific events of all time, to think and question the impact upon society and to learn more about the specific events of the Holocaust. It is a very hard hitting visit and students will be attending workshops prior to going to ensure they are prepared for what they will experience.  Miss Danielle Blampied will be attending this trip along with our students and will accompany them to each of the workshops.

Our debating teams participated in the citywide heats of the debating challenge held at Plymouth High School for Girls. Both our intermediate and senior teams were successful and now progress onto the area finals. We are all very proud and look forward to hearing how they get on.  

Last week we held interviews for a new Assistant Principal. It is with great pleasure that we will be welcoming Jason Wood to join our team. Jason has great ideas and is looking forward to starting with us after Easter.

Have a lovely half term - we look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back after a restful break.


Mrs Lynda Budd