Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 18th January 2019


‘Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education’  Martin Luther King Jr

As we reach the end of another busy week with lots of opportunities for our students, it is important to reflect on what has been achieved and the experiences on offer to our students. The above quote resonates with us as a school - Character Education is important as it provides a holistic approach to learning and development, ensuring that we can bring out the best in them and helping them reach their potential.

Reading has been a key focus this week for many students with them being exposed to different types of literature and activities.

There was fantastic attendance at our teen readers club in the LRC on Thursday. TeenReaders were reviewing 5 non-fiction books which were part of  the Booktrust 2018/2019 Library Pack.  They looked at a number of aspects and after discussing each one as a group, they enthusiastically chose A Beginners Guide to Politics as the best, very topical after this week’s vote in Parliament.  It was so popular that Ms Pope in the LRC now has a list of TeenReaders who want to borrow it as it went straight out on loan!

Year 7 readers have demonstrated amazing progress in their first week of guided reading during tutor time. They are already more confident and are clearly enjoying their reading more than ever. 

Our year 7 and 8 students have been developing their Oracy skills this week as part of our pioneering READy for Rugby programme.  This has involved interviewing current Plymouth Albion rugby player Josh Skelcy about the life of a professional rugby player.  This fantastic programme has really engaged the attention and created great enthusiasm from our students.

Year 11 students have experienced success in recent external exams and in particular our engineering group. They received a highly successful set of Engineering exam results this week, setting them up well for the Summer. With most students meeting or exceeding their target grades, this will not only build confidence but will enable progression onto related post-16 courses.

Our sports teams have been out representing us at citywide fixtures. It was our year 8 boys this week who came back celebrating. On Tuesday evening the year 8 football team competed against 3 other teams in the first round of the central venue league. The boys played very well and showed a great attitude against some tough opposition to beat Eggbuckland 2-0 and St Boniface’s 1-0 and then draw with Sir John Hunt 1-1. They challenged for every ball, worked hard for each other and fought back when they were losing in the final game, to equalise late on. That is teamwork! The goal scorers were Mitchell Austin with two goals, Oliver Mitchell and Hamza Ibrahim but all of the team were a credit to the school.

We are continually looking at how we can ensure we provide the very best experiences for our students and grow the provision we can offer. Following a meeting today with the Navy and Cadet Force instructors I am pleased to say it is full steam ahead for us planning to open a Cadet Centre here from September 2019.  This fully funded cadet unit will give our young people incredible opportunities and skills that will help them to launch well in today’s world.  Students should make their interest know to tutors in the next few months.

It is always a pleasure to meet students and parents as they attend for Parents’ Evening.  This week I had the opportunity to talk to a number of Year 8 families as they came to discuss their children’s progress. This important evening was very well attended and a great chance to discuss students future educational path in advance of Year 8 Options Evening on 4th March.  I had an email from one parent who wanted to express how happy she was following feedback that her daughter is doing well at Lipson.  She wished to thank the teachers in doing a fantastic job in supporting her to achieve her best. 

We look forward to welcoming Year 11 students and families to Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 22nd January.  This vital evening will not only discuss how students are doing in this crucial year but it will also outline what tools are available to achieve the very best outcome such as GCSE Pod and revision techniques. I would urge all of Year 11 to attend this important evening.

Our Level 2 BTEC Music students have their final examination performance on Thursday next week at 6pm. They have all worked incredibly hard and we look forward to seeing and hearing the culmination of their efforts. They will be supported by the Level 3 RSL Music students who will be giving their first ever live performance as a band, with the launch of their first formal assessment as the recently named "RASA." Everyone is welcome to attend so please contact reception if you would like to join us on the evening.

I wish you a restful weekend and look forward to welcoming students back on Monday for another action packed week at Lipson.


Mrs Lynda Budd