Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 29th March 2018

As we come to the end of another term I would like to reflect on all the hard work and exciting opportunities our students have undertaken since Christmas.  We have launched our first Enrichment experience with many of our Yr7-9 students booking on what will prove to be amazing activities. Our Year 10 students are busy organising their work experience placements to coincide with this week.

We have celebrated working together collectively to raise money for charity including a massive effort for Sport Relief last week which raised an impressive £846.85. Well done to all who took part and donated.

Our Performing Arts department have enthralled audiences with some fantastic productions this term, only made possible by the hard work of our students and staff.  Last night, ‘Little Fears’ Year 13 group entertained the Muse theatre with an acoustic performance which both engaged and entertained all in attendance.  The students organised the whole evening including refreshments and programmes etc by themselves with all proceeds going to St Luke’s Hospice.  Students showed great maturity in organising the event from start to finish.

We held our first Year 11 Learning Conference this term.  The event was a great success with students given the opportunity to attend a really professional conference detailing revision techniques, wellbeing importance and with guest speakers from local businesses talking about employment opportunities for the future. 

We have had the pleasure of welcoming primary school students to Lipson this term to attend Netball, Football and Rugby Festivals at our facilities as well  enjoying their attendance to our author visit in the LRC.  Students also got stuck in with French Cookery and some explosive Science experiments!  We look forward to maintaining such close bonds with our feeder primaries.

Students have enjoyed much enrichment this term with various trips, Duke of Edinburgh planning and even an excursion to London as the Lipson Co operative Academy Film Club travelled to the Into Film Awards 2018. Our Film Club was nominated for Film Club of the Year a very prestigious award that recognises all the hard work that the club members put into this extra curricular activity. The awards took place on the Southbank at the BFI (British Film Institute) and was a very exclusive event with celebrities from the silver screen in attendance and all the glitz and glamour you would expect from a a film awards ceremony (even a red carpet). The awards ceremony celebrated the Film Clubs and films produced here in the UK with some schools travelling from Ireland to attend the event. All the students really enjoyed the event and were surprised at how prestigious the event was.  Unfortunately we didn’t win the award for FilmClub of the year, but because of the nomination alone that places our club (only one from the South West by the way!!) in the top 3 Film Clubs in the UK, a massive accolade in itself.

I had the pleasure this morning of presenting Daisy Yarnley-Cave, Ben Brinton and Jake Weir with their cerificates from the PiXL Up for Debate competition.  Students took part in this prestigious competition along with Katey Glanville who was awarded with the honour of judging the final for the second year running.  A full write up from Susan Tranfield-Thomas follows.

Well done to Bailey Page who attended the British Para Table Tennis selection camp at the weekend.  On day one he won 7/10 games and on day two he competed in ‘top table’ and stayed in the top three all day! Unfortunately due to poor weather conditions they cut day three short so everyone could travel safely home.  However he has been selected for the  New Futures programme, where he will go up to Sheffield three times a year to train in order to compete for the Para team. 

Well done, Bailey on all of your hard work and good luck with your training. 

It's always nice to hear from ex-students and how they are progressing after they leave Lipson and this week we had an update from Chloe Howard.  Chloe is currently in America studying at Georgia State University and is a key member of  Georgia State Women's Golf Team. Although considered a 'freshman' she is certainly leading the way having recently finished in the top 10 in the Bama Beach Bash - a hugely competitive competition. Well done, Chloe - keep us informed of your future progress. 

Year 10 students enjoyed a Maths taster day at the University this week.  Students studied topics including Maths, Engineering and Coding. They came away with a greater understanding of how Maths is used in the real world and an idea of the opportunities Maths can give people.

Following such a busy term, all that’s left to say is have a very enjoyable and restful holiday and I look forward to welcoming you all back in April for another exciting term. 


Ms Farmer

Acting Principal