Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 1st February 2019


I started the day in school at 6.30am by waving off 40 excited students and 5 excited staff members as they set off on their intrepid skiing adventure to Italy.  The lucky students have been planning this trip for well over a year and were all suitably jubilant.  Accompanied by Miss Geraghty, Mr Mitchel, Mr Phillips, Mrs Comber and Mrs Trace, the students are currently on route to Bormio in Italy and will return next Friday.  This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I cannot wait to see photographs of their adventures.  I’m not at all envious.

Continuing on the Enrichment theme, it was great to see so many early risers on Monday morning, queuing up to submit their Enrichment Days form.  The choice on offer this year is fantastic and spaces were very quickly filled up.  Letters will be sent home by mid February detailing which activity students have secured. 

Our Geography department have been busy planning a trip to New York in October 2020, again this once in a lifetime opportunity is being planned well in advance to give parents the chance to budget for such an exciting trip.  The trip is aimed at  6th form students, so our current Year 11’s can take part.  Another example of how we bring education to life at Lipson. 

We held another Primary sports festival this week.  On Monday over 100 students from our local primary schools came to Lipson to play football, expertly supervised by our sports ambassadors.  Once again a credit to the school, showing great maturity in their planning and hosting of the event.

A very purposeful teacher training session this week focussing on teaching and learning. The collaborative working from departments ensures continual improvement in standardising our teaching and learning expectations. 

I always love to walk around Lipson during the school day to see learning in practice.  This week I witnessed a Physics lesson which was more in the style of a university lecture.  The impact of Mr Connett’s lesson was clear to see in the students reaction and engagement.  I went on to visit our new Accelarated Progress group in English responding magnificently, clearly embracing the challenge with immediate impact displayed in the work produced.  Making my way along to Art I observed fantastic engagement from the students who clearly appreciated the personalised focus of the  lesson.  The vibe in the room and quality of the work was outstanding.  Finally making my way down the Music corridor, positive behaviour was demonstrated by all in the Year 7 and 8 lessons, something to be celebrated.  Walking around the school during normal lessons reminds me just how proud I am to be Principal of this school and how much great work really goes on. 

I received a lovely email today from a parent expressing her thanks to Mr Corson for all he has done to encourage her son with his table tennis.   The mum said that Mr Corson had gone above and beyond, and has managed to incite and really improve her son’s skill and enjoyment of the game.  Always nice to hear how much our teachers are appreciated.

Yesterday saw our new telephone system go live.  Our previous switchboard was over 18 years old and no longer able to cope with the day to day need.  The new system is more parent friendly with an automated option to be put through directly to the department you need to speak to, or to leave a message if your child is ill.  This will alleviate call waiting times drastically.

We seem to have been fortunate enough to miss the worst of the weather here in Plymouth but I would like to wish you all a very safe and warm weekend.


Mrs Lynda Budd