Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 9th December 2016

Again another busy week in the life of Lipson. “Oh no it isn’t – oh yes it is!” That must surely mean that it is panto season and this week has seen our Muse Theatre host the pantomime ‘Robin Hood’  which is run by the Wranglers Theatre Company but incorporates many of our students. With a packed theatre each evening and people bursting with laughter – it was a great event for the lead up to Christmas.

Our Year 11 students continue to demonstrate a real commitment to their forthcoming GCSE examinations as they have been sitting the first round of PPEs (Pre Public Examinations or mock exams to my generation) this week in English and Mathematics.  A really focused approach from Year 11 is evident. They have enjoyed the Study Café sessions and benefitted from the intensive support from their teachers this year and will be going into the Christmas break feeling that a lot has been achieved this term.

Our own Nationwide Rugby Hero, Struan Mitchell, led a trip to Twickenham stadium this week with a group of 30 students.

Our annual visit to watch the 135th Varsity battle between Oxford and Cambridge was not a disappointment.  Mr Mee and I took 25 of our most deserving students (commitment to school rugby) to watch this epic battle between these two sides.  First up was the battle between the ladies’ teams, although only a 3-0 score line the display of talent and elite performance was in abundance.  The men then took to the field and Cambridge systematically took apart the Oxford team.

What a great day, although a long one, it was well worth it. 


Mr Mitchell & Mr Mee

Our music department performed at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carol Concert this week  - again showcasing the very reason we are at the forefront of music education in the city. Our instrumental provision is outstanding and shows the highest grade of musicianship.

The Music Department’s season has been phenomenal with many high profile events. Of course, the highest profile event is next week – our annual Christmas Carol Concert which takes place at St Jude’s Church. This again, is one of my favourite events on our school calendar. The Music Department always put on a magnificent showcase of our talented musicians and is sure to put everyone in the festive spirit. I look forward to seeing you there.


Mrs Lynda Budd