Trust Statement

In light of recent events, we would like to send our heartfelt sadness and profound solidarity and support to our friends, colleagues and the wider community in the USA. The murder of George Floyd, alongside countless other black Americans, has once again highlighted to the world that racism is deeply rooted in all our institutions and communities. In light of this murder and other unnecessary acts of grievous and unconscionable violence, we are resolved to do more, as educators, to fight prejudice in all its forms, question our role in this and be determined to bring about positive change to eradicate racism and prejudice in all its forms.

Our curriculum is deeply rooted in developing community and building social equity and we have never shied away from facing and challenging what is unacceptable in our global, national and local community. We believe that the knowledge we acquire becomes powerful only when it is used to bring about positive social change so that we become better people and our world becomes a better place. As such, as a Trust, we feel it our responsibility to do more; not just to speak out against prejudice and injustice but be determined to do more to actively change the way we work, how we work, what we learn and how we affect positive change.

Our students already learn about racial inequality by studying the role of the British in the formulation of the slave trade and their part in the triangular trading of humans in the 18th century. We link this to the inhumane treatment of black communities in the USA in the 19th and 20th Centuries and their suffering at the hands of perverse attitudes and laws during this time. We study and celebrate the Civil Rights movement in the USA and the significant role it played, and continues to play, in fighting for equality and justice. Also, in Crew sessions across our Trust, there is a strong focus on equity justice and we constantly promote respect and tolerance.  

However, we feel  that we could do much more to highlight and change the systemic and institutional racism that exists in our own country by focusing more on how and why black people have been historically and more recently let down by our institutions and systems in the UK.  

Therefore, today we pledge to review our curriculum at all phases, as well as our own understanding of racism, to integrate more consciously opportunities to educate our students about racial injustice. We will use experts to support us to challenge and confront racism and through this learning act to bring about more equity in our communities.  

We stand with our friends who are fighting this injustice in the USA, in the UK and the wider world.

We stand with our friends and we pledge to act and do more to reflect on the history and actions of our own communities and institutions in the UK and how we can actively make them more socially equitable and more just for all.

Parent survey of Y10 & Y12 students

As per our announcement to review the reopening of our schools for Y10 and Y12 students in mid-June, we would like to gain your opinions on providing ‘some face to face’ provision. 

Although we are still exploring options for what this provision would look like (and the frequency in which some students could come back into school) I would be grateful if all parents of Y10 (XP) and Y12 (XP16 at XP East) would please complete this survey. 

We will continue to keep everyone updated on any potential plans.

Beautiful work from Theone and Megan – E24

As part of our learning expedition Here Comes the Sun we have been learning about the building blocks of all living things, cells. These revision diagrams from Theone are stunning!

She has even started doing some initial research on the nightjar ,which we will study in more depth later in the learning expedition.


Theone has also done some extension work on cell division too. Absolutely fantastic effort Theone. Well done!


Also we have been asking students to bird watch throughout the expedition. Megan has put in a brilliant shift these last couple of weeks, well done Megan.

Student overview for WB 01.06.20

We hope everyone has enjoyed the sunshine over the recent holiday period – let’s try and establish some routines by getting back into the swing of things wherever possible.

The student overview for this week is below (week beginning Monday 1st June).

We are currently reviewing aspects of our online provision so please stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.

If you a parent of Y12 student, please see this update concerning reopening.

Important Update Regarding June 1st

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with an important update.

As you will be aware, the Government has requested that secondary schools offer ‘face to face support’ for Year 10 and Year 12 students from 1st June. 

To explore the possibility of reopening, we have had many long and detailed video conferences with XP Trust school leaders and the Local Authority which have revolved around our comprehensive risk assessment processes. These discussions have also taken into account the number of students currently receiving in-school provision and our commitment to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our community.

As a result of these long and difficult conversations, we have therefore decided that we will not be extending our provision to Y10 / Y12 students on 1st June. We will however review the situation in mid-June and keep you updated. 

Please also note that our online curriculum will continue after the Spring Bank holiday and that our commitment to maintaining our high standards in this area is unwavering. 

We will of course also continue to offer our in-school provision for children of Key workers, and those students with Special Educational Needs.

If parents of these specific children are considering requesting a place, please do complete the survey below as it will help us to make relevant staffing arrangements (parents of existing children who already attend do not need to complete the survey).

If you do have any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Crew Leader. 

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones, safe and well. We look forward to welcoming all students back when we can.

Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

We Are Recruiting

We are actively looking for an English/Humanities Teacher.

To apply please use the application forms on our vacancies page here

There is a very short turnaround for applications, the deadline is Wednesday 27th May 2020
and we will be interviewing 28th and 29th May 2020.

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP for the most birds spotted. This means we need to up our game, as E24 are currently behind X24 in the leaderboard.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

Covid-19 Update 12.05.20

I’m sure parents will be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that some lockdown measures are beginning to ease, including the return in some instances of students to schools. With regards to the context of XP, the Department for Education has stated:

From the week commencing 1 June 2020 at the earliest…We will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups.

Over the next 3 weeks I will be working with XP Trust school leaders, the Local Authority, and our leadership team to consider the implications of the announcement. We will not make any hasty decisions on what this provision will look like, and we need time to consider other details as and when they are released by Government.

Our priority continues to be the care, safety and support of students and our XP community. The in-school provision for children of key workers and vulnerable students currently based for both schools at XP East will continue to operate as normal throughout this period.

We will shortly be communicating with parents of Y6 students who have a place at XP and XP East.

Moving forward, we will use our websites to communicate any developments and I encourage all parents to communicate directly with their child’s Crew Leaders should they have any questions at this stage. Please continue to be patient in waiting for updates, and we are ever so grateful for the emails of support and appreciation for our amazing staff.

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

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