Details regarding school reopening

Hi everyone, further to my update from the 3rd July I can confirm that on Wednesday 15th July we will be publishing the final details concerning school reopening.

We are currently finalising many different aspects of this work, and we will be releasing a specific website that will include a series of documents and different walkthrough videos.

The website will include video presentations on how the site has changed, details about the first week back, timetable changes, advice for encouraging children to get back into good habits and the different protocols for keeping our community safe.

We’re nearly there – please stick with us.

Covid-19 update on the return of students

I’m sure parents will be aware of the recent announcement by the Government about all students returning to school for the new academic school year.

Yesterday, new guidance was released which provides specific details on some of the procedural aspects concerning the return. This is a 41 page document which needs careful consideration by our Leadership Team, and will take some time to fully digest – there is lots of hard work ahead of us.

I intend to be able to provide details of the measures that we will be taking in a published plan which will be available for the final week of this term. I can reassure parents that our decision making process will always consider what is best for our students, within the local context of Doncaster – not the national one.

It’s been a long time coming, but we are hoping that there is some light at the end of the tunnel as we have really missed our students. Please stick with us for the next week or so in order to ensure that we get this right.

Best wishes, Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

School device loan during Cv19

Students that have been loaned a school device during the CV19 period can continue to use it over the summer holidays if they need it.

Students are expected to return the device to their crew leader before the deadline of Friday 4th September.

Please make sure that you have organised for your son or daughter to have an appropriate device for use in school every day after summer. This is part of our returning to school stronger and making sure all students have the equipment they need including devices. If you have not already sorted this then please speak with your crew leader to discuss the ipad contribution scheme. School devices will not be available for general student use after the summer holidays.

Have a wonderful summer break and see you next term.

Hi everyone,

With us not being able to run sports day this year we have decided to give our students the opportunity to take part in a virtual competition hosted by Yorkshire Sport. The emphasis is on participation and all students who take part will gain points for their crew with additional points awarded accordingly for the top 3 scores in each year group. There will also be bonus points for the crews who have the most participants for each event. Share evidence of your scores with your crew leader who will pass it on to me. I have attached the details around what events to expect here. The link to the love event video feed is here. (This will be live on Friday)

Please also submit your scores via the link on the youtube video so that we can compete against other schools. It is hosted live on Friday 10th July at 10am and scores should be submitted no later than 12pm on Monday 13th July.

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to email myself or Miss O’Grady. Thanks and good luck!

August Travel Survey

From August we are encouraging as many of our students to walk, bike or be dropped off in a car to get to and from school due to the current risks. However, we know that this is not always possible so some of our students will still need to use public transport.

For those who will need to use public transport, we advise parents and students to familiarise themselves with the government advice on using public transport and the use of face coverings.

We will be providing the details of this survey to the public transport providers so they can plan for the demand. We will be advising them of any changes to our start and end times also.

All students from all year groups including our new year 7’s should fill this in.

Deadline is Wednesday 9th July 2020 for all responses.

E27 Transition day groups – Fri 3rd July

Good afternoon. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new students to school via google hangouts tomorrow on Friday 3rd July.

We know that some families have been having problems accessing the Google Classrooms which have been set up by the Local Authority. This is understandable given that we have never set up this type of provision across the whole of Doncaster before, and we would like to thank the Local Authority for the huge amount of work they have put into the transition events across all schools in the borough.

We have come up with a solution using our own Google apps. Students in each group should be able to use the same link to join our hangouts throughout the day tomorrow.

The first session will start at 10.00am on Friday 3rd July

The second session will start at 1.15pm on Friday 3rd July

To find which group your child is in, please look for your child’s initials alongside their Primary school.  Children from the same Primary school have been put in different groups where possible to enable them to meet other new students.


E27 XP East group 1 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 1
DB Balby Central Primary Academy
TR Barnby Dun Primary Academy
LJ Bentley High Street Primary School
LC Bessacarr Primary School
BK P Hawthorn Primary School
HW Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy
TS Intake Primary Academy
SA Kingfisher Primary Academy
EM The Primary School of St Mary and St Martin at Blyth
AG Park Primary School
HJ Arksey Primary School
EL Richmond Hill Primary Academy
CM Warmsworth Primary School
SG Willow Primary School
KH Willow Primary School
LH Willow Primary School
IW Windhill Primary School


E27 XP East group 2 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 2
PM E Balby Central Primary Academy
OE Bessacarr Primary School
TF Bessacarr Primary School
AH Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
CO Hawthorn Primary School
B C-B Kingfisher Primary Academy
JP Kirkby Avenue Primary School
EM The Primary School of St Mary and St Martin at Blyth
MG Park Primary School
OH Pheasant Bank Academy
AN Richmond Hill Primary Academy
SR Tickhill St Mary’s Church of England Primary
BO Town Field Primary School
KT Wadworth Primary School
IA Scawsby Saltersgate Junior School
LO Willow Primary School
AV Windhill Primary School


E27 XP East group 3 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 3
OK Balby Central Primary Academy
MK Bessacarr Primary School
LU Bessacarr Primary School
NR Bessacarr Primary School
LB Carcroft Primary School
ZF Hatchell Wood Primary Academy
VC Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
BP Kingfisher Primary Academy
RJ T Pheasant Bank Academy
CW Pheasant Bank Academy
CW Richmond Hill Primary Academy
MS Rossington St Michael’s Church of England
JR W St Joseph’s School A Catholic Voluntary Academy
M M-H St Peters CofE Primary School
AW Tickhill Estfeld Primary School
CS Willow Primary School


If you have any queries about your son or daughter’s group, please email .

Y10/Y12 reopening update

Building on the updates from 12th May and 28th May, I would like to further update parents of Y10 and Y12 students regarding extending our in-school provision. 

You may remember that the Government had requested secondary schools to offer ‘some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of Year 10 and Year 12 students’  from 1st June. However, after liaising with XP Trust school leaders and the Local Authority, we decided not to reopen and review this in mid June.

I can confirm that we are ready to open up on Monday 15th June pending advice on the local situation from Public Health Doncaster. The most up to date local information is not yet available, but this will be communicated to all Headteachers of Doncaster’s schools late on Wednesday. As a result, we will be in a position to confirm whether we will go ahead with reopening for Y10 and Y12 by Friday morning at the latest. However, I would like to reiterate that any decision will be taken in light of the specific region of Doncaster, not the national picture as a whole.

I know that this update does not give parents the precise information that they need, but we feel that it is important to keep everyone informed about developments.

If we do open, the provision will focus on those Y10 and Y12 students who are most at risk of falling behind. Attendance will not be compulsory, and we totally respect any decision that parents make. The provision would revolve around a light touch approach to helping students to assess what they have done, what they might be struggling with and what they could do in the weeks ahead. 

Whilst we would not be in a position to offer traditional lessons, we would be able to provide support for those students who have struggled to stay on top of their workload, or feel overwhelmed with what they need to do to catch up. Attendance would be no more than one or two days a week, and our online educational provision involving the use of Google Classroom, videos, teacher tutorials, Hegarty Maths, and Crew video hangouts will continue throughout. 

Again, if we do reopen on Monday 15th June I will provide parents with details of the extensive changes that we have made to the physical environment and working protocols. These are already in place due to our in-school provision for children of key workers, and all staff are familiar with them.

Crew Leaders and XP16 staff continue to be the points of contact for any questions, and they will be in touch with the parents of any students who have been identified as needing support the most.

If you have not already done so, could parents please complete this parental survey, as it will further help our preparations.

Best wishes, Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)