C24’s Final Word!

As we approach the end of the year, and our wonderful Y11s prepare to leave XP, they are about to take on one final challenge – their Final Word presentations!

During these presentations, students will aim to provide an answer to their final guiding question: How has my time at XP or XPE shaped me as a person, and a learner?

Y11 Crew Leaders will be sending out invitations for students to sign up to a Final Word appointment time – please do look out for these. These appointments will be available between Wednesday, 29th June, through to Friday, 8th July – but may differ depending on Crew Leaders’ schedules. 

We are hoping these presentations will be a magnificent end to their efforts in GCSE exams – which have been really challenging! Students have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to prepare for their Final Word presentations – we’re just not sure we’re ready!!!

Staff – please also keep an eye on your inboxes as I’m sure some invites will arrive!

‘Take Me to the River’

Crew Rowling along with the rest of E26 went out on fieldwork last Friday to Edale. The feedback from staff that accompanied them expressed how impeccable their behaviour was, I love hearing such feedback as crew leader! It sounds like a great day was had by all. I also managed to get my hands on some gorgeous photos by Harvey and Olivia from the fieldwork.

Monday morning we took on the challenge of walking a mile in crew to promote sport within school. Luckily the sun was shining and C26 had a pleasant 4 lap walk around the 4G court.

Leading our Own Learning’

Students seem to be settling well into their chosen pathways on a Wednesday afternoon. I can’t wait to see them expand and further their knowledge in whichever path they are following. 

Keep up the good work guys!

Mrs Barnes and Miss Johnson

C24/Y11 Final Week

C24’s Final week is very nearly upon us!!

Next week we have lots to look forward to – fieldwork to Malham Cove on Tuesday 28th June – Students need to be at school between 7:30am and 7:45 am. You’ll find more information here.

On Thursday 30th June, we invite Y11 students, staff, and parents/carers to our C24 celebration evening, taking place from 5:30 – 7:30pm. 

On Friday, we have saved the best until last! C24 will be heading to Alton Towers to get their adrenaline pumping after a difficult exam period. This is now LIVE on ParentPay. 

As always, if you have any questions please contact Miss Cocliff or Mrs Parker, or your child’s Crew Leader.

Miss C & Mrs P x

C24 (Year 11) Closing the circle: Final week plans for C24

It really is hard to believe that C24 are coming to the end of their XP/XPE journey. We would like to appreciate them all for their impeccable focus, behaviour and resilience during this exam period – they are making us proud until they very end!

After the final exam on Monday 27th June, we still have 4 precious days together before Y11 officially leave on the 1st of July.

Key dates:

Here are some key dates for the final week, with more details below:

28th June: Optional fieldwork to Malham Cove – Students have signed up to this already.

29th/30th June – Final Word appointments – schedule to be released. 

30th June: C24 Celebration Evening 5.30-7.30pm

1st July: Alton Towers

Malham Cove: 28th June

We have arranged to go back to where we first became Crew – Malham Cove – which seems a fitting place to close our crew circle and reflect on what crew has meant to us over the past 5 years. Please read the important information below:

All students need to be at school between 7.30-7.45am, ready for prompt departure at 8am, and we will return at approx. 5pm.

Any medication should be sealed in a bag with student’s name and dosage instructions and handed in to their Crew leader at registration. Please ensure your child takes any travel sickness medication and/or antihistamines (if required) before they get to school.

Here is the mandatory kit list for the day:

  • Trousers/knee length shorts suitable for walking – not cotton or denim as these are likely to get wet.
  • Comfortable/practical closed toed footwear – walking boots are best if available, but sturdy trainers are fine. No sandals or flip-flops!
  • A rucksack big enough to hold the following:
  • Pack-up lunch – please note that a lunch will be provided for those students in receipt of free school meals.
  • A large water bottle – please send with plenty of water, no fizzy drinks, sports/energy drinks or milkshakes.
  • Sunscreen and hat (we’re hoping for nice weather!)
  • A small towel.
  • Bin liner for wet clothes.
  • Spare dry trousers.
  • Spare dry top.
  • Spare dry socks and footwear – these can be open toed as they will only be for the coach ride home.

Celebration Evening: 30th June

On Thursday 30th June we would like to invite C24 and their families to a Celebration Evening. This will be held in The Lorax area at XP East, and will include our awards ceremony and buffet.

Look out for your formal invite later this week!

Alton Towers: 1st July

As a final hurrah (or should that be hur-aaarrrrgggghhhh!) we have arranged a trip to Alton Towers on the last day.

This is an optional visit and we are asking for a contribution of £8 towards the entry fee. This can be paid in cash to Mrs Parker or Miss Cocliff, or there will be an option to pay on ParentPay next week – we will let you know when that’s live. Students can take a packed lunch or money to buy lunch in Alton Towers.

So, lots to look forward to after the exams!

Mrs Parker and Miss Cocliff x

C24 (Y11) Leavers Hoodies!

We have managed to secure a supplier for C24’s leavers hoodies!

They will look similar to the one below – but our hoodies will be black, with orange writing (XP) and Blue writing (XPE).

Leavers’ hoodies will be £15 each and they are available to pre-order on ParentPay. We need orders by 4pm Thursday, 16th June please – we know this is a very tight turnaround, but this gives the supplier the time to make and deliver hoodies to us before July 1st. 

Sizing is as follows:

XS – to fit chest size 34″

S – to fit chest size 36″

M – to fit chest size 40″

L – to fit chest size 44″

XL – to fit chest size 48″

XXL – to fit chest size 52″

XXXL – to fit chest size 56″

4XL – to fit chest size 60″

5XL – to fit chest size 62″


Please make a note on the notes section of ParentPay for the size you require. Please note that orders cannot be made after Thursday 16th, and no hoodies will be ordered without payment in advance.

Mrs Parker & Miss Cocliff x 

C24 (Y11) Finishing times this FRIDAY

Hi all,

Our super Y11s have been incredible during their GCSEs so far!

Due to TONNES of exams, and also half term approaching, C24 (Y11), and ONLY Y11, will have a finishing time straight after their morning exam. They will therefore all need to leave site at 11:30am. All other students are expected to stay until 1:30pm. 

There are also some revision sessions taking place for our Y11s over half term based in XP East:

DaySubjectTime
Monday 30th MayHistoryXP: 10am – 12pm
XPE: 1pm – 3pm
CitizenshipXPE: 10am – 12pm
XP: 1pm – 3pm
Thursday 2nd JuneEnglishXP/XP East: 9am-12pm 

Students should be continuing with their revision over half term – with some relaxation time, of course!

Have a lovely half term,

Mrs Parker & Miss Cocliff x

The beginning of the end for Crew Finch?!

How we started:

How we’re ending:

It’s been a funny old time for Crew Finch over the past couple of terms, with most of our crew sessions spent revising and preparing for GCSEs.

Having realised that this Friday’s afternoon crew session would be our last ‘proper’ crew until after exams finish, we decided to sack off revision spend it doing what we do best: just being together (and moaning at Mrs Parker for walking the long way round the lake!)

It feels like such a long time since we’ve had the chance to “just” spend time together. I think we all enjoyed our two precious hours of chatting and checking in (the donuts, chips and ice-cream were also a nice treat.)

We’re all very different people from that group who first circled up together on that very first day at Malham. And as we’ve changed over the years, crew and what it means to us has also evolved. As the pressure mounts in Y11, the afternoon we spent together away from school and exam timetables made us all realise that we actually need crew now more than ever.

So, although it may be the beginning of the end of our crew time in school, I really hope that all the unique experiences we’ve shared together as Crew Finch will continue to strengthen and support Mackenzie, Tom, Dakota, Thomas, Aden, Ali, Noah, Callie, Megan, Kobe, Libby, and Bryn as they embark on their next amazing adventure #onceacrewalwaysacrew #mrsparkerisnotallowedtocryyet

Forward thinking!

Over the past few weeks Crew have been thinking carefully about what they may like to do after their time at XP East. They have spent time researching different forms of education that are offered post 16. Many have looked into A-levels, apprenticeships, T-levels and BTEC options. This is all to support their next chapter at XP East when going on to year 10 and then 11. Some even revisited and added to their previous research on careers they may want to pursue. 

Crew Rowling also did a spot of litter picking during one of our afternoon sessions. It was great to see them working together as a team while looking after our environment and getting some fresh air!

We will update you more on the next steps towards GCSE’s in the coming weeks.

Mrs Barnes and Miss Johnson 🙂

Making pledges over toast and crumpets…

We had a wonderful morning this morning in Crew Ali. We sat together and discussed our attendance and HOWLS, then we each made pledges about how we can improve in these areas. Whilst munching on our crumpets and toast we each discussed the pledges we had made and why we had chosen them. It was great to hear students really considering how to improve and better themselves! We will be checking in on our progress towards these pledges each week.

Also, a massive appreciation to Billy, Marshall, Tom, Leoni, Zak and Ruben who all had excellent attendance last term! Our whole crew target for this term is for us to attend school everyday and have an overall attendance score of 98% or higher!

We (Mrs Elliott and Mrs Gargen) are loving leading Crew Ali and have really enjoyed our time getting to know each student. We have alot planned for this term, from crew experts, inter-crew challenges, fundraising activities and much more. We excited to continue to bond as crew and share these experiences together. Watch this space as we blog our journey through these next two terms!

Y11’s Final Push! (updated 28/4/22)

We hope you have had a wonderful Easter break, and wanted to highlight some important steps for our awesome year 11 students as we push through their final weeks before their GCSE exams!

This is our final term for Y11 to prepare for their final examinations. All Government guidance states that exams WILL take place this year. Therefore, it is crucial that students are ramping up the amount of revision being completed to maximise the impact this is having. Staff continue to work hard and offer extra academic sessions as seen on our enrichment timetable to ensure students are best prepared for their GCSE’s – students also have a wealth of materials readily available to focus their revision around.  We ask that you support us by reminding them of the need to be working hard outside of school hours, too – any support or guidance you can offer at this time really will make a difference!

To further boost our Y11’s academic success, D6 also resumes this Saturday, 23rd April, from 9am – 12:30pm. We have only 7 more weeks of D6 after this: Saturday April 30th, Saturday May 6th, Saturday May 13th, Saturday May 20th, Saturday May 27th, Saturday June 3rd and Saturday June 10th! D6 is open to both Y10 and Y11.

It is also important to note that our Y11’s last day in school will be July 1st, 2022. 

Please also see here the final exam timetable for our 2022 GCSE Exams:

**PLEASE NOTE: The final 2 exams on 24th and 27th June fall on Staff Days… Y11 will be in for exams though!** 

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Crew Leaders, or ourselves at [email protected] and [email protected]

Mrs Parker & Miss Cocliff x