We’ve Got Some Wishes To Grant!

Each crew at XP has a chosen charity that they raise money for. This charity resonates with the crew, ensuring all of the mindful work that is done is going towards something we hold near to our hearts. Crew Anoa’i chose Make-A-Wish UK.

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Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980 after a young boy, battling Leukaemia, wished to be a police officer for the day. The charity was inspired after Christopher Greicius’ family and friends came together to grant his wish ‘to be a police officer’. This kindness created a movement that would transform the lives of millions of sick children across the globe.

41 years later, Make-A-Wish has been granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in nearly 50 countries, across 5 continents of the world. More than 500,000 wishes have been granted since that day.

Every year, Make-A-Wish brings people together in celebrating World Wish Day on April 29th, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the founding of the charity.

This year, the charity’s campaign ‘Don’t Wait for Hope. Create it.’ stems from the fact that wish families have been some of the hardest hit by the global pandemic. Feelings of detachment and trepidation have become the new normal for everyone, but they are often felt deepest by the most vulnerable, including children with critical illnesses. 

Now more than ever, wishes can bring hope, joy and a sense of normality back into the lives of wish kids and their families. We can help make life-changing wishes come true, and that’s what Crew Anoa’i did this week. 

On Thursday 29th April, World Wish Day, Crew Anoa’i held a raffle to raise money for Make-A-Wish UK. We gathered several prizes, ranging from confectionery to bath bombs sets, ensuring there were lots to be won. We then collected donations and drew the winning tickets. Let’s take a look at some of our lucky winners.

In total, we raised a whopping £90 in just two days!!

Crew Anoa’i would like to appreciate everyone who donated money towards our raffle, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you everyone!!

Above all, compassion!


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Today Crew Anoa’i were on litter picking duty. This involved the whole crew taking part in our weekly clean up session. During crew time, we collected the equipment and headed out to the field at the back of the school. There we started our hunt to collect all of the litter we could find and dispose of it appropriately. Everyone got stuck in, taking it in turns to use the pickers. We found lots of different things along the way! 

Surprisingly, Crew Anoa’i found this very entertaining. It was great to see some smiles this morning whilst we helped keep our environment clean and safe. As we made our way around the field, we found more and more rubbish. It was alarming to see how much rubbish that had gathered at the bottom of our school field. Good job Crew Anoa’i were here to clear things up!

It was also really great to see everyone working as a team. James and Jacob led the way by thinking outside of the box to creatively work together to gather some rubbish on the outer border of our school premises. Great work lads!

Crew Anoa’i would like to appreciate April Crawshaw in particular for getting her hands dirty and demonstrating great cleaning up skills. Well done April, keep it up!


Be part of the solution, not the pollution!



Lost in a Good Book!

‘A spine-chilling story about a boy who finds himself drawn to an empty house. He enters the house to find twelve ghostly figures sitting around a large table. A thirteenth chair is pulled out for him. He takes his place at the table and the story begins.’

Crew Anoa’i have been reading Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton as part of our weekly book club. Each week, on Tranquil Tuesday, we read a new chapter of the book. Taking it in turns to read aloud, we follow the story of a boy called Jack. After reading a chapter, we answer a set of questions that help us understand and retain what has happened before we move onto the next chapter. Each chapter is one of the thirteen tales told by the ghostly figures. So far, we have read up to chapter 3. Each week we learn something new about the characters in the story – Jack doesn’t know anyone at the table, the ghostly figures have names and the tales that are told are eerily cryptic.A few students from Crew Anoa’i wanted to share their thoughts about our book club. Let’s see what they’ve got to say.

Lucie-Mae Cordell

I am finding the book club interesting, as it is a fun way to learn about reading. It also gives us a chance to find a new story to read. Thirteen Chairs has given me a break from my usual type of book. Having the book club helps me to focus on one story at a time.

Zachary Hague

I am really enjoying the book club in crew, as the book Miss Mitchell has chosen is interesting and it’s from a genre that I wouldn’t normally read. It’s fun to read something new and exciting. I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter!

Faith Farmery

I’m really entertained by this book club we have during crew, because Miss Mitchell has chosen a book for all of us to read together instead of reading individually. This gives us a chance to communicate over the same book and wonder together instead of alone in our own world. Everyone is there with you in this world. This type of book isn’t one that I would normally pick up off of the shelf, it is a good change and something out of my comfort zone.


“A book is a gift you can open again and again!”

– Garrison Keillor 



E25/X25 Year 9 Common Mission

Year 9 Common Mission 


To explain how we use Common Mission to support students to access different pathways to academic, career and life readiness at XP. Common Mission is a curriculum process that is additional to our Core GCSEs, where we further develop character and positive habits of work and learning in our students.  In addition to our Core GCSEs, we run one session a week from Year 9 called ‘Common Mission’. These sessions allow students to think about, prepare and take qualifications in pathways that will help them to become who they want to be later in life. Common Mission sessions include career and further education advice, as well as time for them to study a GCSE of their choice if they have the motivation, capacity and capability to do so.  Common Mission includes the opportunity to study a Choice qualification or to pursue other curriculum or personal interests. In these sessions students develop their self-study skills so they are ready for their next steps in the education process.




On Wednesday the 14th of April, students at X25 and E25 students will choose one of the following common mission options to develop their self-study skills so they are ready for their next steps in the education process, with the potential to gain the listed qualifications. 28th of April will be the start date Your support and guidance as parents will be invaluable to our students making a choice that is right for them. As well as discussions at home, our students will spend time in crew this week. Please see the video below outlining the overview of Common mission. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate use the form attached and I will answer any questions as soon as possible.


Topic Options:



Common mission Option  Potential Qualification Specification
Business Studies GCSE AQA
Engineering NCFE Level 1/2  NCFE
Maths pushing 9.0 Additional Study  GCSE AQA AQA Maths
Music ABRSM  Level 2
Music qualification through the Rock School (RSL)
BTEC PE BTEC Pearson Edexcel
Triple Science GCSE AQA Triple Biol, chem, phys
Psychology GCSE AQA
Dance BTEC BTEC Pearsons Level 2
Geography GCSE AQA
Core Expeditions Additional Study  STEAM, MATHS, HUMAN
Self Study Mix Mix


XP Self Study Website Examples:


Business Studies





Have any questions?:



Together Again!

After 3 long months of lockdown and online learning, Crew Anoa’i were reunited!! To say they were excited to be back would be an understatement. Crew Anoa’i are back and ready for the term ahead, full of hard work and possibilities. This term is the term for change!

For the past week and a half, Crew Anoa’i have spent the mornings getting to know each other again. We spoke to each other about how lockdown has affected us and how we felt about it. Being around people, other than your family, was daunting for some but as a crew we overcame those fears and settled back into our tribe life. We have bonded once again and enjoyed each other’s company. This helped us to feel comfortable at school, as some of our crew felt very anxious about being back in the building. 

There have been many hilarious conversations about random topics, resulting in tears of pure joy. We’ve been able to open up and talk about personal things, which we haven’t done before. Crew Anoa’i have also played some games where we worked in teams, something we would have struggled with previously.

We then took a journey down memory lane and started to create a memory board for our crew room. We rediscovered images of each other that display togetherness and demonstrate how we are a family. Crew Anoa’i will continue to add to this as the year goes on. We wish to capture all of the best moments with each other, memories that will last a lifetime. 

Crew Anoa’i have come together and really bonded this past week and a half. I can’t wait to spend more time with them!


Imagination in Action

After a long week, Crew Anoa’i needed a little break, so we did something different in Friday’s crew session. As it is Children’s Mental Health Week, we discussed the topic of ‘Expressing Yourself’. 

We asked the question…

‘What does it mean to ‘express yourself’ and what does that look like?’

Some of the responses Crew Anoa’i came up with were inspiring and it really made us all think about the expectations society has of our younger generations. The pressure our young students face each day to follow the ‘norm’ has a massive impact on their mental health. So, we decided to boost our mental health by getting creative and having a laugh.

The Squiggle Game

The squiggle game is a simple game. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Make a squiggle on your page, then let your imagination run wild! What can you see emerging from your squiggle? Here are some examples created by Crew Anoa’i.

By Théa Clarkson

By Lucie-Mae Cordell

By James Hudson

By Nikodem Parzybut

By Fin Haines

By Miss Mitchell

Join us and get SQUIGGLING!!




All things ‘new’, keep it up Crew!

This week in Crew, we asked the question…

“How are things going so far?”

Here are a few of the responses that were given: 

Faith Farmery

During Year 9, school has changed: new crew leader, new teachers, new Covid-19 rules. We haven’t just learnt new information about topics, we have gotten used to new seating plans, new timetables and new ways of learning. We have become better at managing our time during online learning, we get to different hangouts on time. We are also better at getting the right documents open so that we can do our work. So, during Year 9 I think we have done pretty well so far.

Zachary Hague

This year it has been a new experience for everyone. Due to recent ongoing events school has closed and we have had to adapt to a completely new way of living. Personally I think that the teaching staff and students have handled this really well and are doing their best to make online learning as stress free and fun as possible.  

Lucie-Mae Cordell

So far this year I think it is going pretty well, we have all adapted to online learning. We are all turning up to lessons and not leaving half way through unless we have a valid reason. We also complete the work to the best of our ability. 

Jacob Sutton

The start of 2021  has been tough, with surprising new lockdown restrictions meaning students are having to work from home all over the country. No one was ready for these restrictions and no one was ready for another lockdown. Yet as a country we have powered through it. In our crews’ case we have all been trying our hardest to get work done from home and learn, which is particularly hard being in a global pandemic. Although, I don’t think we could work hard without the teachers support and organising lessons and hangouts while being at home!

Théa Clarkson

So far this year I think we have done amazing, especially with what has been going on. We have adapted quickly to new ways of learning. I also think the teachers have done really well with the new way of teaching and coming up with work for us to do. From the start of year 9 we have had a new crew leader (Miss Mitchell). I would like to say thank you to her because even though we’re a pain sometimes, she has been patient with us and made a lot of our crew sessions fun and unique.

James Hudson

During our time back at school after the christmas holidays i think year nine have adapted as if it was nothing. As well as that, we have also been working as hard as we possibly can. It has been a very unusual experience but it has been very rewarding because lots of people seem to be contributing lots more.This week our crew has nominated three people for ‘star pupil of the week’, students that have worked especially hard and adapted to the strange online experience and have helped others. This has been a good way to show our achievements over this online learning and makes us feel better about it.

So it seems Crew Anoa’i have been settling into online learning very well. So much so, that a few of our crew were mentioned in our community meeting this week.

The teaching and support staff of year 9 created a slideshow full of fantastic achievements fulfilled by E25. We shared this with the students and appreciated them for their consistent hard work and praised everyone for taking on the challenge of online learning during a global pandemic. Let’s see who made it onto the list from Crew Anoa’i!


Well done everyone!!


#AllThingsNew #KeepItUpCrew

Introducing … Crew Anoa’i

Back in 2020 Crew Shackleton made the decision to change our name. As a crew we felt the name Skackleton didn’t represent us and our values anymore. With Crew Shackleton gaing Miss Mitchell as our new Crew Leader, we thought it would be only right if we changed our crew name. After some deliberation, we came up with Crew Anoa’i, naming ourselves after the Anoa’i family. 

Once we settled on our new crew name, we decided to create a presentation saying why we chose it. It took us several weeks to compile all of our information. Everyone worked really hard to create this, so we would appreciate it if you could take a look. 

Here it is, the reason why we chose to be called … Crew Anoa’i.

The Anoa’i family is a family of professional wrestlers originating from American Samoa. Here are a few of the family, you may recognise a couple.

How we connect to the Anoa’i family:

The Anoa’i family are famous for their professional wrestling work. Family members including Rosey, Rikishi, Jamal, Ekmo, Umaga, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka, Afa Anoa’i, Sika Anoa’i, The Wild Samoans, Peter Maivia and The Rock have all contributed to the profession, winning multiple championships and earning themselves the title ‘Wrestling’s greatest family’. The Anoa’i family is from American-Samoan descent, their wrestling family tree goes back decades. The traditional culture of Samoa is a communal way of life, most activities are done together. The family is viewed as an integral part of a person’s life, where the elders in the family are greatly respected and hold the highest status. 

So in Somoan tradition, we have taken on the values of a tribe life, with our crew members representing the tribe and Miss Mitchell representing our Chief. We pledge to show determination and face every challenge head on whilst working together to overcome them as a tribe.

The Anoa’i Family Achievements:

  • The Anoa’i Family is the very first to have four generations of wrestlers competing in WWE.
  • 21 members of the Anoa’i family became wrestlers. 14 wrestlers with direct blood ties to the Anoa’i family have wrestled for the WWE.
  • 5 members of the family are competing in WWE currently.
  • They have 14 multi-generations of tag teams.
  • They have won 21 tag team championships in total.

As we have chosen ‘Make-A-Wish’ as our crew charity, we thought it would be interesting to share:

Over the years, the Anoa’i family has raised a lot of money for charities including Make-A-Wish. In 2017, Roman Reigns (Joe Anoa’i) raised $12,000 by helping a restaurant named Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Joe promised to donate $1 for every like their tweet received. He retweeted the message to all his followers. It went from an expected 3-4 thousand dollars to over $12,000 in a short space of time. He continues to work closely with the charity. The Rock, The Usos and Nia Jax have also worked closely with Make-A-Wish, granting children’s wishes all over the world. 

Reasons why we believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i:

  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we are a tribe, we have each others’ back. (Nikodem)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we believe crew is like a family. We strive for the greater in each other, this means holding one another to account but also helping each other when a crew member needs support. (April)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because they are a massively inspirational family and power through all challenges that are put in front of them. (Jacob)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because we protect each other like a tribe. (Lucie)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because the Anoa’i family are an inspiration to us, they have supported a lot of charities. We wish to do the same and follow in their footsteps. (James)
  • I believe we should be called Crew Anoa’i because I think our crew represents the Anoa’i family, we work together as a team and help each other out. (Zach H)

 Our Crew Quote:

“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success, greatness will come.”

                                                     -The Rock 

We chose this quote because it really resonates with us as a crew. We have found in the past that some of our crew have struggled with finding success, but once they have consistently worked hard on a certain task, they succeeded and achieved greatness.

Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read this!

#NewBeginnings #TribeLife

To Infinity, and Beyond!

This week, members of Crew Shackleton have truly gone above and beyond – helping staff without being asked, thinking ahead and showing kindness to others. They have demonstrated fantastic HOWLs (Work Hard, Get Smart and Be Kind). I am very proud to share some of the things they have been getting up to this week.

Thea Clarkson

Thea has been contributing in sessions left, right and centre. She has been highlighted for her engagement in sessions and for asking great questions – developing her knowledge and showing enthusiasm for the topic she is currently studying. This is great to hear. Fantastic work Thea!

Faith Farmery

As crew leader, I’ve not been there much this week due to an injury but Faith stepped up and took it upon herself to ensure the register was done, helping the staff who were covering the crew session – an important job that makes sure all of her crew are accounted for in case of a fire. Faith has also been brilliant in sessions, working very hard with her writing tasks and demonstrating great work ethic across the board. It’s lovely to see her doing so well. Well done Faith!

James Hudson

James has been forward thinking this week, ensuring he is ready for session – he has gone out of his way to email staff, asking them to help him with his work. James has also shown great maturity in session, as he got straight onto task without being asked more than once – he entered the room and began reading his book without being prompted. Great work James!

April Crawshaw

April has been helping staff by offering her assistance in sessions, either by clearing up or handing things out. Staff have really appreciated having her in sessions this week. April’s confidence has improved so much this year – and we’ve only been back a month! She has shown great resilience with her work and the results are showing. I can’t wait to see her confidence grow even more. Keep it up April!

These are just a few examples of Crew Shackleton going above and beyond, other members of the crew have also achieved great things this week. I’m so proud to be their crew leader. I can’t wait to see what they all do next week!

As Buzz Lightyear would say…


Stay Positive!

This week, Crew Shackleton has been very busy! 

I thought I’d share the positive take Crew Shackleton has taken from being at home with their families. I’ve been amazed by the emails I’ve received from the parents of our crew, sharing what they’ve been up to this week.

After school work in a morning, Jacob has been helping his mum do the chores, then he’s been in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Jacob and his sister made lots of treats this week, including home-made burgers and biscuits. Don’t they look delicious! And to top it off, Jacob has been on several walks and bike rides in the countryside with his family. 

Faith and her sister have been busy decorating their dad’s house with pretty chalked patterns, showing their thanks to the NHS. Faith has also been on many bike rides, keeping fit whilst scoping the local wildlife.

Nikodem has taken the opportunity to spend some time to enjoy this lovely weather, either on his bike or out exploring near his home. He has also enjoyed completing some of his work. As we can see, he’s in full concentration mode. Good job Nikodem!

This week, Zach has been on several nature walks along the river Don. On his journey, he learnt some new skills. Zach learnt how to forage for wild plants! He picked some wild garlic with his brother and sister. I wonder what he’ll make with that.

This week Zach has been in the kitchen, baking his mum a birthday cake. So sweet! To celebrate, Zach and his family had afternoon tea in the garden. They also had the pool up this week as it has been warm. Zach has been touring round his local canal on his family’s boat, looking for all kinds of wildlife.

This week, Lilly has really enjoyed baking cakes as well as helping her parents with meals, encouraging them to eat healthy. She has spent time with her family, having BBQs in the garden and playing on the new VR headset. Lilly has been keeping her fitness up too alongside her sister. And of course, she’s been watching lots of Netflix in bed. Lilly even cut her sister’s hair this week!!!

Each day this week, after a long day at school, Woody went home to spend some quality time with his pet cat, Sox.

It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves at home, spending some much needed time with their families. I just had to share Crew Shackleton’s positive vibes during this trying time.

Can’t wait to see what you all do next week! 

Stay positive!