Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 9th February 2018


We started this week with a buzz of excitement as well over 250 Year 7-9 students raced to get to the front of the queue to book their Enrichment activities. Student behaviour was exceptional as they waited in line to pay the deposit of their chosen trip from the vast array on offer. Students and their families were clearly aware of the exciting opportunity the enrichment days are and what an important part of education these new experiences will be to the students.

Wednesday evening saw the Holman Building fit to burst with the fantastic attendance of over 90% of parents and carers at the Year 7 Parents’ Evening. It was a pleasure to meet so many of our families and to share the experiences their children are having at our school. Parents commented on how well their children had settled in following the transition from primary school and how happy they are at Lipson.

At the other end of the school, Thursday and Friday saw our Year 11 Learning Conference take place. This professional conference was set out in a board room style, treating students as the young adults they are. The event detailed the importance of the next few months in the run up to GCSEs, described the benefits of our fantastic new GCSE Pod and talked about the wider world and future opportunities ahead of them. Students expressed how much they had enjoyed the event and the important techniques and advice they will take away with them.

The theme; 'how to get the best out of yourself over the next four months' was very important and appreciated by the year group. The Conference showed how to make every second count and make sure that revision and exam preparation is useful.

All of the learners were highly engaged in each session and workshop. This really was an inspiring event with the chance for mature conversations.

An ex-student, Sophie Toulson, delivered a session on how to maximise memory capacity and the best approaches to ensure effective revision. Sophie, who is a trained psychologist and teacher, really explained to our learners how their brains work and the type of revision required to succeed in their summer examinations. We also had Babcock International deliver a session explaining the changing nature of the local and regional workforce and how you have to be ultra-competitive to succeed and secure the best careers. Their hard messages of making it count now and getting your grades were not lost on our learners. A very timely and important session followed on how to cope and manage stress during the busy exam season.

The Year 11 students were very focused and a credit to themselves and Lipson. Their Lipson teachers are pushing them hard to become the best that they can be, ready for their summer examinations. However, this conference was more about what they now have to do to be independent learners and maximise their learning over the coming months. They are a wonderful year group who are working hard and deserve success. We believe this experience would have given them a real insight into how to achieve that success and see the bigger picture of what they are doing now.

There was also a buzz in the air from Year 11 on the social front this week, excitedly planning their Summer Prom. The Prom will take place on the 3rd July at Borringdon Park Golf club, so they have lots of preparation time. The Prom Committee will have their first meeting after the holidays and then it’s full steam ahead. We can’t wait to see what they have planned for the big event.

On the sporting front, our U16 girls drew 1-1 with Plymouth High School for Girls and won 1-0 against Plymstock, well done girls.

We were all overjoyed this week to hear the wonderful news that Mrs Budd’s baby son was born on Saturday evening. Mum and baby are doing very well and she would like to thank you all for your kind messages and cards.

It’s hard to believe that it is half term next week; time certainly flies when you are busy and having fun. That is definitely the case for students and staff at Lipson. I wish you all a relaxing break and look forward to welcoming you back on 19th February for what’s set to be another exciting and busy term.


Ms Amanda Farmer

Acting Principal