Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Principals Blog 6th October


This week we were greeted to some long awaited sunshine after weeks of rainy lunchtimes, however this previous bad weather hadn’t put our students off participating in various sporting activities on the astro turf-it has been lovely to see these activities take place with a bit of sunshine on our faces eventually though.


Our year 7 tutor evening took place this week which was very well attended and gave us the opportunity to build on the relationship with our year 7 parents. The feedback from parents was extremely positive regarding our transition arrangements and how their children have settled into life at Lipson.  It gave me a real sense of pride watching student’s talk about their experiences at Lipson so far and listening to what their favourite part of 'big school' has been. 


In schools, we build up expertise in how children learn and how each child operates within our setting. But it is the parent who knows their child best, and this sharing of information between teachers and parents is essential to enhance the learning experience of each child.  We value our partnership with parents.


Year 7 guild photos took place this week, their smiling faces demonstrated how well they have settled in and that they feel very much a part of their guild.  


Over 70 excited students auditioned for our forthcoming production, ‘Back to the 80’s’, with so many talented young people auditioning this is set to be another fantastic display of Lipson talent.  


Lipson Big Band were very privileged to perform last weekend at the Looe Festival-this popular event saw performances from top acts including Lulu-a real testament to how professional our big band are, having been invited to perform alongside such big names.


Our students are delighted to have been asked to co-ordinate plans for the annual Efford Remembrance service.  They are actively planning the order of service, considering the readings they will give and are liaising with the music departments to provide a bugle and trumpet player for the ‘Last Post’.  Continued….


At Lipson we develop outstanding young citizens, as a part of this we have had the National Citizenships association in to recruit year 12 and 13 to a summer school and fully accredited course linked to employability skills.  During their visit it was announced that one of the year 13 students Josh Marr had won the top graduate award, coming first out of 402 NCS students who completed the scheme across 2016/17.  Well done Josh a fantastic achievement!  We hear your Social Action Project was simply amazing!


Finally I was overjoyed this week to hear that the amazing ‘Moor Otters’, which some of our students and the art department had painted had been sold at auction, raising over £2,000 for Dartmoor National Park.  As part of this project, thousands of people became Otter Spotters and marvelled at the display of art on show in the numerous locations.


The project was a fundraiser for Dartmoor National Park to help undertake identified conservation tasks within the park, in total an incredible £100,000 was raised.  

Lipson was the only school to be part of the project and I am incredibly proud.


We are busy preparing for our year 11 expectations evening which takes place next week giving year 11 parents the opportunity to understand the year ahead for their child and the many challenges they will face.  We aim to empower parents to understand the expectations of the examinations, how best to support their child but also, how we as a school can support them in doing so.



Mrs Budd, Principal