Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 16th December 2016

They always say that when you’re busy time passes quickly and that certainly seems to be the case at Lipson

A lot has happened in this first term and I’d like to thank all staff, governors, parents, and carers for their support.

This last week of term has been full of events, opportunities, good news and success for our students and staff. Here is just a quick overview of how we ended this year:

Our music department held its annual carol concert at St Jude’s church – an event which the whole community can take part in. Our students talent and musicianship provided us with fantastic entertainment along with Laira Green Primary school choir. The proceeds of the evening ticket sales were donated to St Jude’s Church who are undergoing a full refurbishment in the next year. We have used the church to host some of our key events for many years and have formed excellent relationships and partnerships and it is a real pleasure to support them. 

Our own rugby hero, Mr Mitchell, has been shortlisted in the Plymouth Herald sports awards in the category of Sports Teacher of the Year which is judged at the end of January. A very well deserved accolade indeed. 

2 year 13 students, Bradley Norfolk and Cameron Moore, are going into the Christmas break with great news. Both students have passed their Navy selection exam – a great achievement and something to keep them motivated throughout the rest of the year.

I had the privilege of attending the English departments celebratory breakfast which was a lovely event for all involved. I was really impressed with their ideas and the pieces of work that went into their selection.

In the true meaning of giving, Mariners Guild students have been collecting donations for our local food bank to help those who need it in our community. On Thursday, they delivered a whopping 189kg of food which will go to help so many families at this time of year.  

We have also had various activities to get the school community into the festive spirit. The canteen prepared a lovely Christmas dinner for all on Wednesday which saw the whole school community join in.

After meeting with student reps, we decided to hold a Christmas jumper day on our last day with a £1 donation from each person going to two local charities - St Luke's Hospice and Jeremiahs Journey. A total of £646.44 was raised, thank you to everyone.

I would like to say thank you to the staff and the students for their hard work throughout the term, and indeed the support we receive from parents and carers in making a difference to so many young lives. Finally, I would like to wish all students and parents, from all the staff and governors of the school, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Our new term begins on Wednesday 4th January and we look forward to seeing our students return refreshed and eager to learn in the new year.  


Mrs Lynda Budd