Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 5th January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! Spring term has begun and is already filling up with lots of key events for our students and local community.

We began this week with a staff training day. The theme of the day was ‘effective challenge for all’. Providing appropriate stretch and challenge requires us all to recognise that learning should be difficult – this probably seems like a pretty obvious statement to make but if we don’t revisit our thinking, without recognising it, we set a limit on what we think students can do and therefore by having regular days devoted to staff development ensures we continue to review and adapt our practice to enable us to provide the very best learning experience for our students.

It was an extremely positive way to begin the year as the buzz from staff regarding their plans for the term ahead was infectious. As always it was inspiring, listening to their plans and seeing the examples of good practice showcased. Our staff are passionate about teaching and learning and as a result our students get a good deal – they deserve it. They only get one chance of a good education and we are here to ensure they get it.

It is already set to be a busy and exciting term with lots of enrichment activities taking place. Last term we mentioned that plans were underway for our first activities week happening late in the summer term. Plans are almost complete and we will be launching the programme very soon. Students in years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to choose from a range of enrichment activities that cover everything from sport through to trips and residential activities. There really is something for every young person in the programme and we are very excited about the potential of this week to enhance our students' educational experience and take their learning and character education beyond the classroom. Mr Ryder and Miss Geraghty will be launching the programme in the next few weeks.

Year 8 parents evening takes place next week and gives parents and students the ideal opportunity to discuss the upcoming options evening preparing students for their journey into KS4. A careers fair will be part of the evening with representatives from many businesses, universities and apprenticeship providers in order that students can be fully informed regarding their future choices. We look forward to working with parents on this next step of their children’s school career. This is going to be a great year. There is huge spirit in the school and we are working together well. Happy New Year.


Mrs Lynda Budd