Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 3rd March 2017


This week has been quieter than normal with the majority of our year 10 students participating in Work Experience. Students have been involved in a whole range of different activities within a wide range of different types of placement ranging from National Trust, Primary School, Accountancy and Solicitors firms.  Work Experience is a useful way for students to get a feel for the workplace and to better understand what skills are required when preparing for their career choice. It helps students to understand what is the best route at post 16 to allow them to gain entry to their chosen career. At Lipson, our IAG team ensure students are given the right advice and options for their chosen progression routes and our Sixth Form provision offers a wide array of academic and vocational courses to ensure all chosen pathways are catered for. I am looking forward to hearing how our year 10 students have got on this week.

We held a session with a very well acclaimed author this week, Andrew Lane, who has written the ‘Young Sherlock’ books. Ms Pope, who is our learning resource manager, scored brownie points with our neighbouring Primary schools and our own year 7 students who all had the opportunity to come and meet him and get their books signed. His sessions were very engaging and students enjoyed listening to his stories and were very excited to hear about plans for the next book.

On Wednesday of this week, it was a pleasure to get a phone call from our Under 14 girls football team who quite excitedly told me that they had just been crowned champions of the County football league – what a great achievement and in the middle of a busy day that was a great phone call to take.  However, it isn’t just the girls football team celebrating this week – our year 8 and 9 girls’ netball teams have been positioned TOP of the league. Our Girls volleyball team won their match against Ivybridge 24-19.  As for the boys, year 7 and 8 did fantastically well to come mid table at table tennis this week against year 9 boys, really preparing them for the challenging competition ahead.  All boys Rugby fixtures have now finished with the following amazing results:  Year 7 Boys: Runners up, Year 8 Boys: League and Cup Winners, Year 9 Boys: League and Cup Winners, Year 10 Boys: League Winners, well done to them all! Boys football fixtures will begin next week, and with the girl’s performance, they have got a lot to live up to! Good luck to them all.

Two of our sixth form students, Toby Smith and Kayleigh Cuthbert accompanied by Ms Blampied, had the experience of going to Auschwitz, Poland this week for a day. Both students wrote an essay to secure their places on the trip. During half term, the students attended a planning day to prepare themselves for what they would see and how they may react. Visiting the concentration camps is an emotionally draining experience –our students handled it with maturity, sensitivity and great compassion.  They will be writing an article for next week’s bulletin so I will leave it there so they can share their experience in more detail.

We have also hosted colleagues from our Co-operative partner schools this week who are conducting a peer review for us – they act as ‘critical friends’ and gives school leaders the chance to work together and plan for further improvements.


Mrs Lynda Budd