Hi all,

Here is a rundown of some of the beautiful artwork that has been produced by our wonderful XP and XPE students during lockdown 3.0.

As a team, we have been blown away by the effort and resilience that our pupils are showing.

I hope you enjoy having a flick through their work as much as we have.

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XP16’s ‘worst’ check in! Lol

It was wonderful to chat with some of my XP16 crew on Friday morning. I really want to say thank you to those that joined as it really brightened my day and was a real pleasure to hear their voices. Obviously we needed to chat about some important matters such as UCAS applications (see my email), however we started off with a very funny check in of, ‘what was the worst Christmas present you received this year’?… I was in stitches with their answers.

WORST presents they received ranged from:


A belt…..

A raw chicken breast…..

Socks… which were thrown back at the giver!

a family board game which the person thought was going to be a pair of ugg boots!

Marmite flavoured deodorant…. love it or hate it?

I wonder if you can guess which was mine? ? ?

We moved on to more important issues such as getting UCAS applications in, the deadline of which is Wednesday 20th January. Please see my email for more detail on this.

The crew sessions is on at 10.30am every Friday, hope to see you all there.



I know what Mr ap Harri is getting next Christmas! Lol

XP16 Act of Christmas Kindness:

XP16 students spent some of crew serving hot chocolate and mince pies to XP’s staff to thank them for their hard work and support during this very difficult time. Students also got a chance to put their creative skills to use by making Christmas wood cookie decorations for our Christmas tree. It was a wonderful morning full of good spirit and a sense of togetherness. We had lots of appreciations from staff to our students who said it was a real treat and felt very appreciated.

Here are some photos:

Have a wonderful CHRISTMAS and see you in the NEW YEAR! X

XP16 Art & Design Course

XP16 is currently offering the following courses:

Art & Design
Music Technology
Creative Media

Each pathway can be studied to Level 3 National Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

Here is some further information about our Art & Design course.

If you would like more information about studying at XP16 please use this link to our XP16 information site or email Kate ap Harri [email protected]


XP16 Mock Exams

XP16 Mock Exams December 2020

Below is the process for the XP16 mock exams.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Any specific questions about individual exams I will forward to the subject teacher or you can email them directly.


Mock Exams take place Week beginning 7th & 14th December
Mock Exam marking completed Completed by Friday 8th January
Exam review with students Completed by Friday  15th January
Mock Data Analysis:

(Crew leader & parental contact)

Completed by Friday 15th January: 
Grade cards to parents


Week beginning: 18th January  


POST 16 Exam Timetable – December 2020

Please note this may be subject to change due to current staffing issues with Covid.


Day Exam Time Invigilator
Monday 7th December Spanish AS Paper 2 Listening, Reading & Translation

Mathematics Paper 1

10.30 – 12.30

13.00 – 14.30



Tuesday 8th December English Paper 1

Telling Stories

9.15 – 11.30 TBL
Wednesday 9th December Sociology Paper 1

Physics Paper 1

9.15 – 11.15

13.00 – 



Thursday 10th December History Paper 1

Biology Paper 1

9.15 – 11.45

13.00 – 



Friday 11th December English Paper 2 

Exploring Conflict

9.15 – 11.45 KAP
Monday 14th December Sociology Paper 2 (half a paper 2) Culture and Identity

History Paper 2

9.15 – 10.15

13.00 – 15:30



Tuesday 15th December Spanish AS

Paper 3 Response to Film

Politics Paper 

10.30 – 12.10

13.00 – 15:00



Wednesday 16th December Mathematics Paper 2

Physics Paper 2

9.15 – 10.45

13.00 – 



Thursday 17th December Biology Paper 2 9.15 –  KAP
Friday 18th December


Apart from Spanish:

AM Exams to start at 9.15

PM Exams to start at 13.00


Best Wishes


XP16 HoWLs Analysis

Since last Friday students have been analysing their Habits of work and Learning (HoWLS). This forms part of our Narrative for success, together with our attendance and academic progress. (Academic progress data will be out early December).

Our HoWLS (Habits of work & learning) are:
Work Hard:
I arrive for each class on time and prepared
I participate fully and mindfully in class
I complete all work in a timely manner to the best of my ability

Get Smart:
I take responsibility for my learning by asking questions and seeking help when needed.
I assess my work based on established criteria and rubrics
I welcome feedback and revise my work

Be Kind:
I communicate politely and kindly
I work cooperatively with others
I take care of resources and materials and act as a steward of our community

Teachers assess students on their HoWLS at set times during the academic year and are graded between 1 to 4.5.

< 2.5 Serious 2.5 – 2.9: Concern 3 – 3.4: ok / secure 3.5 – 3.9: Great > 4: Awesome

Students should be achieving at least a 3!

This data is then analysed by students during crew so they can identify areas of success that can be celebrated and areas that need to be improved on. By doing this students take accountability and ownership of their learning.

I’d like to mention there were a number of students that achieved 4’s across all their subjects so Mr Portman offered to buy them a KFC as a treat to say well done!

Well done to Ethan booth, Maisey Sutherland and Klaudia Bieszczad!!!!

This is us last week analysing our CREW HoWLS together

Once students have analysed their data they make pledges on what they are going to improve on. This is then supported by a crew leader pledge of how we can support them further.

We will be displaying this information in our XP16 area so that we are continuously reminded of where we are and where we want to be and what pledges we have made.

Our next session, Friday 4th December, students will be sending a copy of their HoWLS analysis home for you to see. We will also be spending some of crew doing ‘an act of Christmas Kindness’ by serving out hot chocolate and mince pies to staff around both schools.

XP16 Students will be sitting Mock exams in the final 2 weeks of this term. Next week I will share our Mock Exam process with you so you know when to expect Mock results in January and when the student led conferences will take place.

Please can I remind parents to sign up to the XP East Website to receive automatic web posts so that you don’t miss any important information to do with XP16.

Best wishes,

XP16 Lead
XP Trust Outdoor Expedition Lead

XP16 Crew Day

What an amazing day we had on Tuesday!

We started the day with a check in, by looking at images of friends gathered around fires, images of marshmallow being toasted over campfires and commenting on the feelings these images evoke. Most students thought of friendship, happiness, and a sense of togetherness. And this is exactly what I was hoping to achieve by bringing all the XP16 students together for the day as crew.

Our task for the day was to build XP & XP East’s very own fire circle. An outdoor area where crews (staff & students) can come together to engage in shared experiences outdoors.

Our aim for the day was to have FUN! I wanted the students to work together, communicate, grapple, and grow in ways other than just academically but that are just as important.

2020 has been tough for A Level students and it doesn’t look like its going to get any easier as we get closer to the final exams. There’s a sense amongst them that the road ahead is a long and tough one and with the added pressure of the pandemic, feelings of isolation and loneliness and in some cases, what’s the point?

So the reset button was pressed. The student got a day to recharge, laugh, learn new skills, play with their friends and sit around a campfire that they designed and built, drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows.

And what a fire circle they built! A legacy for the XP16 students to say they helped creat the beginning of Forest School for staff and students of XP & XP East schools. Well done guys, I enjoyed every minute with you all, and look forward to spending more crew time with you.

We even had some of their teachers come and join us for a brew and a chat.

Check out the photos below which really sum up our day.