Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 14th July 2017

We are now in the final countdown to the summer holidays and the weather recently is certainly helping us to end the year on a high.

We welcomed our new sixth form students this week for their induction programme. It was lovely to see the year 11 students return to progress onto the next phase of their education. We also welcomed lots of students from our PLE consortium who will be joining Lipson to study 1 or 2 courses with us. Similarly, some of our students will be accessing courses through the PLE. Our sixth form partnership –PLE offers many opportunities for our students to access more courses, take up more opportunities, grow their networks, experience different settings and make many more new friends. We have been part of the PLE for over 20 years and see it grow from strength to strength every year offering more opportunities each year. The induction week consisted of taster lessons; next step seminars, enrichment opportunities and team building events ran by the army.

Two weeks into the new timetable and it was fantastic to see our main Lipson pedagogy of ‘Co-operative Learning’ securing active engagement from our learners; especially those in year 9 beginning their new suite of GCSE subjects.  It was wonderful to see the amount of ‘active’ engagement in subjects such as Science, Mathematics and P.E etc.

Next week some of our students head off on the adventure of a life time.  Participating in the CAMPS International expedition to Borneo, Students will participate in activities that contribute to conservation work.  In addition to this students will also have recreation time to engage in an exciting programme of activities such as scuba diving and trekking.

This week saw nearly 800 students pass through ‘Call Push Rescue’ (CPR) training-the first session we have run of its kind.  The sessions were run during PE lessons and aimed to provide students with the confidence, skills and knowledge to provide CPR if ever it were needed.  Contributing to a Nation of Lifesavers, which has been accredited with a certificate and wrist band.  Well done to all who took part.

This week we welcomed Compton Primary School who ran their Aladdin performance at our Muse theatre between Monday and Wednesday, with three sold out performances in the evenings!  There were also two very successful matinee performances for Compton Primary KS1 pupils.  What a fabulous showcase of their talent!  Also, this was a great opportunity for Compton students to experience Lipson Co-operative Academy and our fantastic facilities-it has been great to work so closely with the school.

Year 6 students and parents visited Lipson on Monday to try out their new uniforms.  Year 6 parents and students said the uniform looked very smart and made them feel grown up.  Students mentioned how much they enjoyed transition, making new friends and learning about their new subjects.  We look forward to welcoming the new year 7 in September.

As we near the end of term, staff are preparing for our second ‘The great Lipson bake off’. Last time we held it was for Children in Need and we raised £220 in one break time. That just goes to show how tasty the entries were. Penny Brown – Catering teacher offered a baking master class this week to all staff so they could perfect their skills before they submit their entry on Tuesday – especially as we have 6 category prizes to award.

Looking back over this academic year, we have achieved a lot and next week’s blog will be a celebration of the academic year


Mrs Lynda Budd