Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 22nd September 2017


‘Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education’

Martin Luther King

If anyone has heard me speak lately then they will have heard the words –extra-curricular activities, character education, thinking creatively and ensuring students are challenging themselves. I am passionate in ensuring children have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities outside of the classroom as this adds value to their educational experience – it is what helps character, creates well rounded individuals and fosters academic success. A nice way to sum this up is as below

“Develop Character, Confidence and Creativity in our young people and each other so that together we can gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in the communities in which we live.”

Character – We show respect, integrity, loyalty, high expectations and resilience.

Confidence – We relish taking calculated risks, we understand honest mistakes occur and we rectify them together. We believe the differences amongst us make us stronger.

Creativity – We gain a sense of fulfilment through continuous improvement. We enjoy working together designing, creating and reflecting upon solutions to life’s challenges, including how to improve ourselves and each other, in so doing making our Academy a truly amazing place.

Enrichment is so important at Lipson. It was wonderful to see the high quality sport coaching going on after school on the astro turf pitches, alongside our partner Drake Football Academy.  I counted over 70 students out there last night, many of them completing trials for the Academy football teams.

Remaining on the enrichment theme, a small group of our year 11 students were very excited to visit Bath University this week with Mr Mitchell on a rugby development trip.  According to the boys-it was inspirational!

78 of our year 8 students got to visit the Aquarium for a STEM trip to study the effects of environmental factors on the sustainability of Squid populations.  They looked at how scientists work with engineers to find solutions to the problem of collecting information from deep under the sea.  We hope the visit inspired some of our students into becoming the marine biologists of the future.

All year 7 students have now completed their LRC induction and have been busy choosing books to read from a selection of over 8500.  It has been brilliant to see some of them and the rest of the school, accessing our homework club DIAL.  The club gives students the opportunity to complete their homework in a quiet environment, with the support of our learning mentors.

It was fantastic to see the excited and proud faces of our foster families this week, celebrating the success of the students they care for at our ‘You Can Achieve Too’, celebration awards.  Having overcome diversity, each student was rewarded for the positive achievements they have made in their school work, enrichment activities and social responsibility.  All the students taking part had clearly modelled our co-operative values.

We had our open afternoon on Thursday – giving parents another opportunity to have a look around the academy and confirm why we should be their first choice school. Again, just like our open evening, it was lovely to see so many parents from across the city come to see what is on offer at Lipson. The school is looking great and the ethos is right –I always enjoy dropping into lessons and seeing our students so engaged with their learning and it is a pleasure when I have prospective parents with me as I do this. Feedback from parents at all our open events has been very positive, with many expressing their desire for their children to start at Lipson. I always encourage parents to come and tour Lipson during a normal school day, so they get a real flavour of what life at Lipson is really like for our students. We have had a lot of parents take us up on this offer already; however, we will be running tours every Monday morning starting at 9.15am until October 16th for those who have not had the chance to attend.

Plans are in place for our year 7 tutor evening which is fast approaching on 4th October. We are looking forward to talking to parents about their child’s experience at Lipson so far. We value the relationship we have with parents and understand the importance in an open dialogue, parental input is greatly valued.  Communication between home and the school is a two way process and we are excited about building lasting relationships with all our families.


Mrs Lynda Budd