Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 9th June 2017

We are now onto the final half term and it really does make me question where the time has gone but we still have so much more to fit in.  Year 11 and 13 students have been completing their examinations and only have a few left at this point. Their approach to the examinations has been exemplary and we are looking forward to celebrating the end of the exams with them at their Prom on the 4th July.

Transition arrangements are also well underway for our new students joining us in year 7 in September. Mr Mee and Mr Swiggs have put an action packed programme together including an exciting summer school opportunity.

It has been an eventful political week and it was great to watch our students engage within the educational political debate in the run up to the election. This was explored within our tutorials this week and the final vote took place in each Guild yesterday. The overall winning party were Labour with 70% of the vote; followed by the Conservative Party and then the Liberal Democrat party (who only received one less vote than the Conservatives). Well done to all of our Sixth Formers who helped to organise the event and count votes. 

On Wednesday our Senior Saxophone Ensemble was invited to play for the Devon Fine Arts Society 40th Anniversary Dinner at the Moorland Gardens Hotel near Yelverton.  This was a great opportunity for our students. The Saxophone ensemble was lead by CSgt Gordon Carter RM Band Service and with James Gullis on drums formed a jazz quartet for musical variety. The group were acknowledged after every piece with applause and so much so that the chairman of the Arts Society has invited the entire Co-operative Big Band to perform in London with a date to be decided.

It's not long now until our annual Athletics Finals at Brickfields and our students are training hard to compete for a place in a variety of events. Well done to all those who have committed their time to being the best they can be and attending the training sessions provided. I look forward to the finals day!

Our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group are out on their assessment this weekend, they have worked hard to complete the volunteering, physical and skills sections and now the final piece of the puzzle is to achieve the final expedition. The weather looks slightly wet so don't forget your waterproofs! Good luck to all those taking part. 


Mrs Lynda Budd