Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 29th September 2017

Following on from the amazing expedition some of our students undertook to Borneo this summer I was thrilled, along with Mr Power, to accept an award on behalf of the school from CAMPS International.  A fantastic life experience that was sometimes challenging was rewarded for its lasting impact on the locals of the jungles of Borneo and highlighted the dedication shown by some of our students.  This really was a once in a lifetime experience and something that we hope to repeat for other students in the future.

On Tuesday night the Young Enterprise Scheme was launched. This competition allows students the opportunity to establish, develop and lead their own product based business. Mr Bevin has run the competition in school with our sixth formers for the past 3 years, with great success. Our team this year will consist of 11 students who are on both Vocational and Academic pathways and are very enthusiastic about being the next Alan Sugars. Our students were amazing and asked very engaging questions.  Last year’s winners saw their product pitched to the ‘Range’ and are now a legitimate business-so the sky is the limit for this opportunity!

On Thursday staff and students were treated to tasty cakes as the sixth form and staff room held a fundraising event in aid of Macmillan cancer research.

It was organised by Mrs Sarah Law, £103.06 was raised by staff and over £55 by the sixth form, a very impressive amount for this worthwhile cause.

On Friday 29th September, the Academy will be reassessed for the Investor in Careers standard which we have held since 1998.  We place Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at the heart of our curriculum and pastoral care and I look forward to sharing the report with you.

Finally I am pleased to announce our first ‘Student of the week’. This prestigious title is awarded to a Marcel Grabowski for his consistent contribution to representing the school in open evening, being a shining light in the debating society and supporting younger students in his tutor group.  This award will be issued each week to a deserving student for their continuing positive impact on the school.


Mrs Lynda Budd