Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principal's Blog 10th November 2017

Remembrance has been very much at the forefront of our thoughts this week, students from our multi faiths group organised and in turn attended the Efford Remembrance service at Efford Cemetery.  A reading was beautifully delivered by Robyn Van der Peer and The Last Post was played perfectly by Oliver Marsland.  The war veterans are members of our community and students really enjoyed taking social responsibility for the event and showing solidarity with our local war heroes.

On Thursday staff attended one of our local primary schools, Highview for a very moving remembrance service, Highview created their own poppy field like the one on Plymouth Hoe.  Art staff and some of our sixth form students supported the schools poppy project by lending their expertise and by helping with the creation of the poppies.

Such events seek to teach our young people to respect the past and to try and make them understand that real life is very different to the video games they play which often glamorise war.  We have discussed these themes during tutor time this week and encouraged students to reflect by undertaking a 2 minute silence. 

As ever, enrichment has been high on the agenda this week.  Some very excited year 7-11 students will be making the journey to London this evening to watch the England v Germany pre-World Cup match at Wembley.  Students will be accompanied by Miss Geraghty, Mr Mitchell, Mr Mee and Miss Kozuleva for what promises to be fantastic match - what a great opportunity for our students.  Something I’m sure they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The Co-operative Big Band have been in full rehearsal mode in preparation for their much anticipated ‘gig’ at the Buckland Abbey Christmas Fair this weekend - this always proves to be a very popular event and one sure to get people in the festive spirit, but then we remember it is only November!  The Big Band have many up and coming performances for which rehearsals are well under way.

Study Café has been a fantastic success in the build up to year 11 PPE’s (Pre-Public Examinations) in English and Mathematics next week. Over 60 students attended extra learning session this week with the extra boost of hot chocolate to keep them going!  Students showed real solidarity towards their own learning - well done.

This week has seen the launch of our new behaviour for learning policy.  Well done to all the students who were praised for their positive learning behaviours.  A record amount of praise was awarded this week via our new ‘Class Charts’ app.  Students have been recognised for their contributions to the Lipson values, for example helping others and social responsibility.  If you haven’t already done so, please download the Class Charts app so you can keep up to date with all your child’s accomplishments as soon as they achieve them.  If you require any support access the app, please contact your child’s guild.  Link for Class Charts:

Preparations are now well under way for our Celebration Evening on the 27th November, if your child has had a nomination we look forward to warmly welcoming you to what always proves to be a fantastic event.


Mrs Lynda Budd