Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 8th June 2018

Welcome back after a lovely half term break.  I hope you are all suitably rested and ready for the last busy term of this Academic Year. 

With just 2 weeks left of exam season, students are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, whilst working incredibly hard.  Behaviour continues to be very good during the exams.

Last minute preparations are taking place for our Enrichment Days from 27th June and staff and students are very excited about what should prove to be a fantastic week.

I love to hear about our students engaging with the local Primary schools.  On Monday, our Sixth Form BTEC Sport students assisted and led activities at Salisbury Road’s sports day. Students demonstrated excellent leadership skills when working with the primary students and staff. This will not only help the students achieve an additional leadership award on their BTEC course, but will also aid in the development of several transferable employability skills, key to everyday life and in preparation for life after education.

Our Year 7 Athletics team competed in the city wide athletics championship on Tuesday at Brickfields. Despite individuals having different events to compete in, the results were based on team scores rather than individual scores. The girls’ squad was fiercely competitive in the competition and proved that hard work in training really does pay off, finishing a respectable 5th out of 12 competing schools. The boys showed great determination in abundance, and despite some great individual results, finished a respectable 8th position, beating several of our rival schools. More important than the results was the teamwork and attitude demonstrated by our young students.  This phenomenal attitude made the PE department extremely proud.

Some incredibly impressive individual sporting news to report on this week.  Arjun Shrestha travelled to Gloucester last Friday night ready for his swimming competition over the weekend.  Arjun came back with an amazing Gold medal on 200 butterfly, Silver on 100 butterfly, Bronze on 200 IM, Bronze on 200 backstroke and Bronze on 100 backstroke. Arjun’s coach was pleased with him and thinks he has incredible potential.

Year 7 student Bailey Page attended the British Para Table Tennis Selection Camp in March; the Selection Panel has been discussing all athletes and their position within the British Para Table Tennis squads.  These deliberations have been taking place over the past few months, allowing the panel to determine which athletes they would like to be involved for the following year.

The Selection Panel has decided that they would like Bailey to be a member of the Futures squad.   What an accolade.  Massive congratulations on this impressive achievement and I look forward to hearing about the next part of Bailey’s journey as an athlete.

This weekend will see Miss Geraghty take the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students on their assessment with Dynamic Adventure.  I wish them all the very best of luck and look forward to hearing how they get on.  Some photos will be included in my Blog next week.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to the uniform sizing evening on Thursday 14th June from 3.30pm.  Parents will be able to have a coffee and a chat with staff whilst making those all-important uniform orders ready to make their children look smart and grown up for the start of secondary school life in September.

We will be running Open Mornings from 18th-21st June, 9am -11am to give Year 5 students and carers the opportunity to visit Lipson during a normal school day.  Families will have tours and a taster of life at Lipson.  We are also running an Open Afternoon on 19th June from 4pm.  These events are vital for those students and carers looking to make the all-important decision as to future schooling.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.


Ms Farmer

Acting Principal