Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 2nd February 2018

The wet and cold weather certainly hasn’t prevented Lipson students from undertaking many exciting activities this week. Lipson brass and Lipson saxophones were championing live music at the Plymouth Music Accord in the Sherwell Centre this week. Both groups gave an excellent show and represented the school in an extremely positive light. The aim of the project is to enable all young people in secondary schools to have the opportunity of learning a musical instrument.  Huge congratulations to Rosie and Kieran from Year 7 for their first performance appearance.

This Saturday night the Co-operative Big Band will be performing at the "Plymouth Music Education Hub" musicality concert starting at 6.00pm.  This will be an opportunity to see and hear some fine young musicians from across the city. 

On Wednesday our Year 7 students received a very informative and thought provoking talk from Devon and Cornwall Fire Service. Topics covered included how to stay safe, what to do if there is a fire and how we can all try to prevent fires. Students were fully engaged during question and answer sessions and showed maturity and self-responsibility throughout. Many thanks to those staff who supervised and also to Mark Heveran who delivered the talk.  To request a Home Fire Safety Check call free on: 0800 05 02 999.   For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288. 

We are all very excited about launching our first Enrichment Week with booking open on Monday 5th February from 8am in the Sports Hall: first come, first served.

Continuing on the enrichment theme, Lipson was alive with ideas this week, when Camps International popped in to school to run a fundraising workshop. Nine students have already signed up to participate in the 2019 Kenyan adventure and are already planning their journey.

Ideas included bake sales, barn dances and bike rides so it sounds like it is going to be a busy 18 months.

This 4 week adventure will be a once in a lifetime experience. We cannot wait to help ‘Team Lipson’ in their endeavours to raise the money and fund their adventure.

Year 8 Options Evening took place on Monday and the event was a great success with over 75% of the year group attending.  A second informal drop in was held on Thursday for any parents who couldn’t attend on Monday and for those with additional queries about the vast range of subjects on offer.  We had a lot of positive feedback from the parents and students who attended.

Year 7 Parents’ Evening will take place next Wednesday and we look forward to the chance of getting to know our Year 7 students and parents better.  The evening will give the perfect opportunity to relay how well the students have settled in and fully become an important and valued part of the Lipson family.

Another busy week on the football pitch, U14 girls won 2-0 against Sir John Hunt on Wednesday. Two great goals from Keira Sullivan but a great team performance overall. Final matches next week.  Well done to our U12 girls who drew 0-0 with Devonport High School for Girls last night.  This means they remain unbeaten in the league this year. A fantastic achievement in their first year together as a team.  Immensely proud of you all. Well done.

It has been a very busy and productive week at Lipson Co-operative Academy.  I’ve enjoyed using Visible Leadership time to talk to students about their progress.  They are able to talk articulately about their learning and are engaged in their education.  I have really enjoyed getting to know our pupils and the transition from shadowing Lynda Budd, to taking on the role of Acting Principal while she is on maternity leave, has been seamless and effective.


Ms Amanda Farmer

Acting Principal