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Frequently Asked Questions

My child is joining Lipson in September. Is there an information page with an overview of what I need to know? 
Yes. We have compiled a page with some key information relating to transition from primary to secondary. You can find this here


When are the next non-student days/holidays?

The next holiday is the October half term which begins on Monday 25th October for one week. Students return to school on Monday 1st November. 


What do I have to do if my child is ill and will not be at school?

Please ring the main switchboard on 01752 671318 to inform us.  Outside of school hours there is an answerphone on this number for you to leave a message.


You can also report a future absence using the School Gateway app. Further information detailing advantages to downloading the free app can be found in the link below. 

Schoolcomms - School Gateway


What do I have to do if my child needs to leave during the school day for an appointment (doctors/dentist etc)?

Please ensure that student services are aware of the appointment.  On the day, please ensure that you send a note to school with your child to allow them to leave lessons


My child needs to take medication every day.  What do I need to do?

Parents/Guardians need to fill in a ‘Medicine in School’ form which is available from main reception or student services.


What are the timings of lessons/breaks at Lipson?

Morning registration is 08.40;  Period one is 09.00 – 10.00;  Period two is 10.00 – 11.00; Breaktime is 11.00 – 11.30; Period three is 11.30 – 12.30; Period four is 12.30 – 13.30; Lunchtime is 13.30 – 14.00; Afternoon registration is included within Period 5 - Period five is 14.00 – 15.05


How do I order uniform?

Please click here for full uniform details. 

Please note that the new PE uniform can now be ordered in the same way.  It is compulsory for all new students starting at Lipson from September 2013.  Existing students may continue to wear the old PE uniform until they actually require new items.


What is the allowance for Free School Meals?

The allowance is £2.30. The allowance is put on to student’s lunch card each day.  If the allowance is not used on the day it does not carry over to the next day


What is the cost of canteen meals?

A main meal and pudding is £2.30


How do students pay for meals in the canteen?

We operate a lunch card system which parents and carers can top up using our School Gateway service. A limit on how much is spent each day can be set up.


Are there any lockers?

There are lockers available for 6th form students.


How do I contact Community Sports in the evening?

The number is 01752 263284 after 5pm.


Is there a Homework Club?

Yes, DIAL is run from the LRC between 08.00 and 08.40 and 15.05 and 16.05 during term time.


'Is it possible for my child to take time off during term time?'


"Government guidelines make it clear that Head Teachers should not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  If you feel that the request to take a holiday/absence during term time is due to an exceptional circumstance, you are required to complete an absence request form and submit it to your child's Head of Year as soon as possible.  A decision will be made by the Principal as to whether this absence will be authorised or not and you will be advised in writing of the Academy's decision.  Unauthorised absence may lead to a penalty notice being issued, or a fine of up to £2,500.  Any Penalty Notice/legal action taken will be per parent, per child (e.g. a £60 Penalty Notice will be issued per parent, per child who has unauthorised absence)."


My child is not registered at Lipson Co-operative Academy but I would like them to attend, who do I contact?

You need to contact School Admissions. They can be contacted Monday to Friday after 1.30pm on 01752 307469/307470