Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 8th February 2019


It was very positive to read the education secretary’s announcement this week regarding character education.  Something we are passionate about at Lipson, Mr Hinds details five foundations for building character which will help to develop character and resilience in our young people.

  1. Sport – including competitive sport and other activities, such as running, martial arts and swimming, and purposeful recreational activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, orienteering, gym programmes, yoga or learning to ride a bike.  
  2. Creativity – covering all creative activities including coding, arts and crafts, writing, graphic design, film-making and music composition. 
  3. Performing – including dance, theatre and drama, musical performance, choir, debating or public speaking.
  4. Volunteering and membership – bringing together teams to take practical action in the service of others or groups, such as volunteering, getting involved in litter-picking, fundraising, any structured youth programmes or uniformed groups like Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.
  5. World of work – practical experience of the world of work, work experience or entrepreneurship. For primary-age children, this may involve opportunities to meet role models from different jobs.

After a very wintery departure, the ski trip arrived safely in Italy and have been having a wonderful time and keeping everybody up to date with their adventures via our social media channels-I think the photographs speak for themselves!  The students have behaved impeccably and a wonderful time has been had by all.  We look forward to welcoming them back to a somewhat wetter uk later today.

All year groups have been learning the most valuable skill this week during PE lessons, CPR.  Students were fully engaged in learning this essential skill.  CPR is far more likely to be successful when performed on young people so equipping our young people with this tool is fantastic. 

What could be more important than learning to save a life? 

Staying with PE we have once again got much to proud of at Lipson on the sporting front.  I was so proud to receive this photograph of 6th Form Student Peter Keanie who played his first SW England game last weekend.  What an achievement, we are all so proud and this is yet another demonstration of the hard work and dedication the PE department put into the students at Lipson.

Our year 8 football team played only their 2nd fixture together this week and came joint top against other schools in Plymouth.  Mr Swiggs said the boys played with a fantastic attitude and are set to have a great season.

Year 7 netball team beat Devonport High School for Girls 3-0 and came back from a 3-0 score line at half time to finish with a 4-4 draw against Eggbuckland.  Well done girls!

Mr Corson had the pleasure of taking our Table Tennis team to the Devon Schools Championships on Wednesday.  Competing across 3 age groups all of our squad performed admirably, with Bailey Page and Keanu Hicks both qualifying from their groups into the knockout stages. 

Many of our squad were making their debut at the tournament and were shock by the incredibly high level of the table tennis on display.  Players from the top 20 nationwide were playing each age category. 

Bailey Page contributed to some phenomenal rallies, making it all the way to the final where he was sadly beaten 3-1 but not before providing himself and the spectators with some unforgettable memories.  A performance to be proud of by all who attended.

It is full steam ahead with our naval cadet unit.  We have been successful in securing a large grant to enable us to set up a very well-resourced unit.  Today I have had the pleasure of securing 2 members of staff to run the facility, Mr Twyman and Mr Marks will be the contingent commander and section commander for our unit and will be instrumental in setting up this valuable provision for the school.

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of running mock interviews for some of our Year 13 students in preparation for university application interviews.  It has been a great experience to see what passion and commitment our students really have.  It was lovely to hear about those students who have already attended their interviews and been successful, for example Anna Cardoso who has been accepted to study Medicine at Oxford and Jack Munday who will go on to study Physics at Southampton.

Ms Gilbert had the pleasure of an email from ex-student Esme Payne last week.  Esme has gone travelling to South Korea and had kindly emailed some photographs of her visit to a Buddhist temple.  So lovely to hear how our ex-students are getting and Esme is clearly having the adventure of a lifetime.

We look forward next week to holding Year 7 Parents’ Evening.  This will be the first opportunity for parents to speak with subject teachers and find out how their child is progressing at Lipson.  If other years are anything to go by, we expect high attendance at this important event. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and adventures of your own.


Mrs Lynda Budd