Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 21st December 2018

As we near the end of 2018 I like to stop and reflect on what a busy and productive year this has been. For our school we have welcomed another Year 7 group and said goodbye to some of our young adults as they have moved on to the next stage of their lives. For me personally this year has brought a wonderful addition to my family in the form of my son, now 10 months old. 

We have so much to be proud of here at Lipson and with our dedicated staff and hardworking students we will continue to achieve great things in the New Year. 

This year has seen many fantastic sporting achievements; indeed I have just been informed by Mr Mitchell that Peter Keanie has been selected to attend a final trial assessment for England under 18’s Rugby. Testament to Peter’s tireless commitment to his sport and the PE department’s on-going encouragement and support.

We have also seen many wonderful performances from our Performing Arts department. This week saw the Dance show take place which was a real treat for the audience. Students and staff worked really hard ensure such a professional spectacle.  The Dance department was joined in performances by many ex-students on the evening. Most of which have gone on to study Dance at great institutions and performing themselves.  As usual our Music team have been fantastic ambassadors for the school performing at various Christmas events including the Dame Hannah’s Christmas Concert this week. 

It is always really lovely to be contacted by ex-students who want to come back to the Academy to visit when they are on their break from university. This week Amanda Lockhart was over the moon to welcome back some of her A Level students from last year; Toby Smith, Kayleigh Holbrook and Dan Howard Baker. They came into her A Level Drama rehearsal to watch a full run of the students' exam piece, and gave some constructive feedback to the performers on specific areas of the performance. It was really great to see ex-students working alongside current students in this manner and it is testament to us that our students are keen to keep their connection with us - Lipson students for life! Toby is on a foundation course at Rose Bruford, Kayleigh is on an Acting BA Degree at Exeter University and Dan is on a Film BA Degree at The University of Wesminster. We are incredibly proud of all they have, and continue to achieve.

We have had a very jubilant end of term with year group celebration assemblies all week. Acknowledging the outstanding hard work and commitment of our young people.

We have celebrated the last day of term by wearing our Christmas Jumpers to raise money for Jeremiah’s Journey and Teenage Cancer Trust, both very worthwhile causes.

We have much to look forward to in the New Year and much hard work to put in. I would like to thank all staff and Governors for their tireless efforts at ensuring our students time at Lipson is the most memorable and effective it can be and I would like to thank all the students for working so hard in their studies and striving to achieve the best outcome they can.

With this in mind I would like to wish you a restful and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Mrs Lynda Budd