Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 10th March 2017

Once starting my role as Principal, I quickly learned that no two days are ever the same and that is what I love about this job. My dad once told me ‘if it is ever a chore to get out of bed in the morning and go to work, then you are in the wrong job.’ I have never felt that at Lipson – quite the opposite. I am excited about what we do here and the opportunities we create for our young people. This week was definitely different as we had a visit from OFSTED. Their visit lasted two days and then normality resumed. I would like to thank all parents/carers who supported the school by responding to the parent view survey. It is an intensive process and we will be able to share the report with you all in a few weeks.

It has been a very busy week for Duke of Edinburgh this week, with both our Bronze and Silver groups completing their route planning for their expeditions. On Thursday, we also welcomed 16 Silver Duke of Edinburgh students and their parents into the Muse Theatre to hear all about their up and coming expeditions. Miss Geraghty opened the presentation with a video from their experience during the Bronze award and to see the faces of both students and parents light up, was extremely heartening. It reminds me why we are so committed in providing these valuable experiences for our students - giving them opportunities to build confidence, resilience, skills for work and form strong friendship groups. When seeing how many companies and universities now endorse the Duke of Edinburgh it is certainly an invaluable award for our students. 

On Thursday afternoon, several students participated in a webinar where they had the chance to listen to Dr Michael Lacewing (University of London) as he delivered a lecture on The Philosophy of Religion. Students were able to put questions to Dr Lacewing and one student, Toby Smith, was complimented on the challenge of his question. This was a useful exercise in that it strengthened the students’ understanding of philosophy of religion but it also gave them an insight into the nature of university style lectures.

Mr Twyman accompanied ex-student David Howard Baker to a gala dinner on Friday at Oxford University. After his first year at Oxford University, David Howard Baker is progressing onto the full music degree course. We wish him well.

Our debating team are off to their next stage of competition on Sunday at Blundells school for the next stage of the ‘English Speaking Union’ competition, led by their teacher Susan Tranfield Thomas.  We wish them well and look forward to hearing all about it.

With the sun now shining at the end of this week, we also hope our Ten Tors team have a great practice walk this weekend.


Mrs Lynda Budd