Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 7th July 2017

After the last few weeks of having year 11 and year 13 busy in examinations, the school has felt a little empty, but that has certainly not been the case this week as we have had a multitude of activities take place with our local feeder Primary schools.

This week, we were joined by our new year 7 students for September (current year 6) to take part in their induction days. They followed the normal routine at Lipson and have been able to experience lessons they would be taking in September. They met their new teachers, head of guild and their tutor which will all help to ease the transition to secondary school in September. Parents also had the opportunity to come and meet their child’s tutor and head of guild and be guided around the school by their child. After 2 days, the year 6 students knew their way around the school and adapted to secondary school life well. We look forward to welcoming them all back after the summer holidays.

If being joined by 188 year 6 students wasn’t enough, this week also saw the 3 performances of our primary production ‘Paws and Claws’. It had a cast of 85 year 5 students from 4 of our feeder primary schools, Lipson Vale, Mount Street, Prince Rock and Salisbury Road, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show and it was great to see the students take on lead roles. The students had all rehearsed separately in their primary schools and came together for one dress rehearsal in advance – it was an extremely professional, well-rehearsed performance that had the audience mesmerised by the standard of acting and singing by the youngsters. A big well done to Mrs Scrivener and Mrs Mooney who directed and co-ordinated the production and who I know are already planning the next one.

Our Science department also led on activities for the year 5 students from Salisbury Road as part of their activities week with an interactive explosion of experiments in our Science labs. Primary students thoroughly enjoyed the chance to see how exciting Science can be.

While we were inducting our new students, it was time that we celebrated with our year 11 students at the end of their examinations at their prom. This year’s prom was held at Boringdon park golf club which provided a lovely venue for their celebrations. After watching them arrive in their vehicles of choice – vintage buses, limos, sports cars etc. it was lovely to see them all dressed up in their posh frocks and suits. It was a great celebration event and one that provides mixed emotions- proud of their maturity and eagerness to move onto the next stage of their education but sad that they are no longer those young students that we first saw in year 7- I would say it makes me feel old but I can’t quite admit that- just yet.

Mrs Marshall and Mrs Pope organised another highly successful Careers Fair this week. There were almost 30 different employers present, some of whom had travelled as far afield as London to showcase career options to our students. The event was very well attended by our new Year 11 students who enjoyed talking to universities, businesses, the armed forces and various employers.

Companies involved were highly impressed by the level of interesting questioning made by our students; one employer has registered to provide Work Experience to students next year.

We progressed to our new timetable this week and students have shown real maturity in their approach and attitude to their studies. We look forward to this fantastic approach continuing in September.


Mrs Lynda Budd