Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 5th May 2017

Summer term is in full flow as our year 11s and 13s go into their final preparation before examinations. These year groups have been mature in their approach to revision by attending our study café, revision sessions and Easter school. As we prepare our year 11s and 13s for their examinations, we are also ensuring that plans are underway to welcome our new students into year 7 in September. Mr Swiggs and Mr Mee will be leading our transition arrangements this summer term and have put together a full plan of activities for both parents and students to ensure a smooth transition to Lipson Co-operative Academy.

Our Heads of Faculty visited Highview Primary school; one of our feeder Primaries–to explore the experience at year 6 and liaise with their teachers, ensuring that students learning is uninterrupted when they join us.  We will have already got to know how they learn and what approaches work best for them. Working in partnership with our Primary schools is key and we value the relationship we have with our feeder Primary schools to ensure children have a smooth transition when moving up to secondary school.

I was delighted to hear that Ben Longworth has been selected by the Plymouth School Sports Partnership and Youth Sports Trust, as a sports leader volunteer for the National School Games. This will take place at Loughborough University during the summer. The 2017 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK's elite young athletes of school age. The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides our elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. The 2017 School Games National Finals will bring together 1,600 of the UK’s best young athletes for four days of competition from Thursday 31st August – Sunday 3rd September.  

After months of preparation, the Ten Tors event has arrived. Our teams have completed many practice walks and camping experiences to prepare for this challenging event and will do so alongside 2,400 other young people. We have two teams who will be hiking 35 and 45 miles over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. They must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. Our team manager Mr Pete Twyman supported by Mr Ian Johnson and Mr Shaun Moore have trained our teams on the lead up to the event and will be overseeing their progress throughout the weekend from the Okehampton camp. We wish them well and look forward to hearing all about it. 

Mrs Lynda Budd