Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 11th January 2019

Happy New Year - Welcome back to a new term. There is lots planned for this term.  It is really lovely to see all our students return from the Christmas break. 

We started this term with a staff training session focussed on our school improvement journey, embracing change and ensuring that we are providing the very best education for our students, filled with lots of opportunities to extend and enrich beyond our curriculum.  We don’t believe in working in isolation and are working in partnerships with colleagues from teaching school alliances to bring the very best strategies to enhance student experience at Lipson.  

Our ski trip team is making final arrangements for their departure in a few weeks to Bormio, Italy. Snow reports look good and promises to be a great trip for all.  School trips are so important - they provide a great opportunity for students to gain worthwhile experiences and face a range of challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development. 

Next Wednesday, 16th January is our Year 8 Parents’ Evening; please book your appointments to attend this important opportunity to talk to your child’s teachers. 

I love to hear about the extracurricular activities our students get involved with out of school.  I was very pleased to hear about year 11 student James Hocking playing for Devon rugby last weekend.  By all accounts the team had a great result against Somerset – well done James.

On another sporting note, under 13s girls’ football beat Stoke Damerel and Plympton Academy this week in the first games of the season, great start girls.

Thursday evening saw 60 students from our feeder primary schools arrive at Lipson to participate in the KS1 Multi Skills festival. This festival had been organised primarily by the Year 9 JSLA students who are completing their course this year, so there were various activities on show.

Overall the results at the end were very close. In 3rd place came Laira Green, 2nd was Mount Street and in 1st position by just two points was Salisbury Road.  A great event which wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mrs Law and our Year 9 students, who were great ambassadors for Lipson.

6th Form student Anna Cardoso excitedly came to see me on Wednesday with the fantastic news that she has been offered a university place at Oxford to study medicine.  She achieved one of the top marks for entry.  What a fantastic opportunity and demonstration of what hard work can achieve-well done Anna.


Mrs Lynda Budd