Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 28th March 2017


Summer term is well underway with many key events taking place and many more planned. Years 11,12 and 13 are diligently planning for their final examinations which start in a few weeks and our study café, taking place after school is being well utilised with great revision sessions being run by each department.

Year 9 students took part in a Junior Apprentice event through Babcock International with some local employers, using our own Muse theatre to hold their presentations.  Presenting to the full year group, teams had to explain the rationale behind their product and why it was needed in today’s society. All teams presented well with the winning team ‘Blue. Go’ achieving top scores and being awarded the Lipson apprentice title. The winning team was also awarded the prize of a tour of a warship through Babcock International. It was a great event fitting with our co-operative ethos, with students pulling together to achieve a joint business goal.  Great team work was shown by all who participated.

Our sixth form drama group, who recently took part in the performance of #YOLO, through the NT connections programme, had the opportunity to gain experience by showcasing it at the theatre royal.  This was as part of the NT connections festival on Tuesday evening with a few other schools.

It was great to see year 9 student Alisha Bartlett awarded for her service as a new recruit within Plymouth Police Cadets at Plymouth Guildhall. She was presented with the award by Lady Mayoress Pauline Murphy – a brilliant achievement – well done Alisha.

This weekend our Duke of Edinburgh silver award group take part in their assessment expedition. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme has been an extremely rewarding addition to our character education programme - not just for the students but for the staff involved.

The criteria of the award scheme ensure that our students are becoming more aware of the opportunities that lie ahead of them; giving them the necessary skills and confidence to tackle things head on. For our students, the volunteering, skills and physical sections have led to gaining work placements, increased fitness, commitment to helping others and raised aspirations. Seeing the students take on new activities and moving out of their comfort zone is rewarding in itself, but knowing that they are becoming much more aware of the world around them and gaining the experience and skills to make a positive contribution to society is a key factor of why the Award scheme is so beneficial to our students.

Continuing on with expeditions, our Ten Tors teams are in the final lead up as the event takes place next weekend. The teams have been working hard to ensure they are best prepared to take on this testing event. We look forward to hearing about both events and have fingers crossed that the weather stays dry.


Mrs Lynda Budd