Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 17th November 2017

It has been a hive of activity at the school this week with lots going on and lots planned in the remaining weeks of the Autumn term.

As I write this (early on a Friday morning) I can see lots of cakes being walked past my office which can only mean one thing –‘Staff bake off’ in aid of Children in Need.  We have had several activities occur this week in aid of this fantastic cause including the infamous Pudsey biscuits, made by our canteen, which always go down a treat with our students.

Year 11 started their exam preparation with the Mathematics and English PPEs. Students responded to the exams in a very mature manner and are taking on the challenge of year 11 in a determined way.

We trialled our new online parents evening booking system on the run up to our year 11 parents evening, this has been very successful and allowed parents to book the appointments they required.  The system saw one of the largest turn outs of parents, all keen to hear how their children were getting on, what strategies they could use and what support was in place to achieve the very best grades in the summer. I am pleased to say we will now be rolling out the online system at future events.

On Tuesday our sixth form open evening will take place, which will showcase to year 11’s from Lipson and across the city all the fantastic careers paths and opportunities open to them during sixth form study. The evening starts at 6pm and we look forward to seeing our year 11’s with their parents to discuss the next stage of their educational journey.

Full rehearsals were underway this week for “Back to the 80’s” with the cast planning to focus on one particular number that can be shared with parents at an early preview on Celebration Evening.  Celebration Evening will take place on 27th November at the Central Methodist Hall.  We are all looking forward to celebrating the many achievements of our students followed by the opportunity to share a mince pie and cup of tea whilst talking to you all.

The year 9 rugby squad took part in the Plymouth School Rugby tournament this week performing admirably, with four wins, three draws and a loss.  Mr Mitchell was very proud of his boys from the Lipson Rugby Academy.

Next week will see the very first Bikeability at Lipson.  Many of our year 7’s have signed up for this fantastic scheme which gives students the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.  It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.  A great opportunity for all involved.

Finally, we are pleased to have secured Tempest photographers to come into school on Thursday morning.  These should prove to be nice gifts for family and friends just in time for Christmas.


Mrs Lynda Budd