C24 Virtual Work Experience

Thank you so much to https://nybep.org.uk/work-experience   and Opportunities Doncaster for the opportunity to interact with local employers and have an introduction to the world of work and business. At the end of a challenging year I was privileged to listen to mature conversations about careers and am really proud of the thought and effort that went into creating the posters for the NHS. This also gave them a taste of how an interview workshop could work, looking for teamwork and leadership skills, project management and collaboration as employers now use inventive ways to look for transferable skills. Well done C24 let’s hope we can look forward to experiences in the workplace in 2021/22

Thank you to all staff who supported with special thanks to our wonderful learning coaches.


Packed lunches for all tomorrow

Reminder – There are no school dinners available tomorrow, so don’t forget to please send your child with a  packed lunch due to sports day cancellation. Many thanks

Y10 Virtual Work Experience Day

I am excited to say we are having our first Virtual Work Experience day at XP and XP East tomorrow, 8th July.

This will be for all our year 10 students at both schools including the ones unable to attend at the moment, so a fully inclusive event.  We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a full day of employer based presentations and workshops.

Students from XP East who are at home will be sent a link and Miss Parker and myself will support them through the day and the students in school will be supported by staff. This is an amazing opportunity to look through the lens of work with some key sectors onboard for the experience.

As Careers Lead for both schools, I am super excited to be planning a range of Further Education and Careers opportunities for the next academic year so please watch this space for updates.

Mrs Burns

C27 New Year 8’s August 2021

We are pleased to announce and confirm that, after long and difficult discussions with the Outward Bound team, Year 8 (C27) will be finally attending an Outward Bound experience in the first weeks back next term. As the Outward Bound Centres are not at full capacity, due to COVID restrictions, and staffing the centres is difficult in the current climate it has meant that they can only offer us very limited access at the start of next term and beyond. Therefore, the proposal is that the arrangements change slightly for Year 8 at the start of next term to ensure they have an Outward Bound experience as follows:


    • Year 8 XP will visit the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey Wales on  (Tuesday August 31 to Friday September 3, 2021)
    • Year 8 XPE will attend school as normal in the first week back which will focus on crew activities.
  • Year 8 XPE will then visit the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater on the second week back (Monday 6 September to Thursday 9 September)
  • Year 8 XP will resume normal lessons in the second week back (Monday 6 September to Thursday 9 September)


Whilst the changing of dates does cause some difficulties for us logistically in school, we are committed to overcoming them to ensure that Year 8, after a year long, pandemic disrupted wait can finally enjoy an Outwards Bound experience in their crews!


Further details will follow before the end of term.


Thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these difficult and unprecedented times.


In crew


Andy Sprakes

Student Medication Consent and Update

After the summer break and the first week back to school (Wednesday 1st September), the students will be having specific Year group activities. To ensure students are supported correctly and staff can manage and care for medical conditions the attached Google Form is requested to be filled in by those parents of students with medical conditions especially if students take their medication at school.

Please ensure Inhalers, Epi-pens and other prescribed medications are sent into school with the child’s name and expiry date clearly visible. 

The Google form is required to be filled in and then press send. This then gives staff consent to administer medication and for it to be kept on school premises. 

Any issues, please contact Miss Mawby via email nmawby@xpschool.org

Thank you!

OB Announcements – New Year 7’s

It is with regret that we have to inform parents and students in our new Year 7 (C28) next year that the Outward Bound experience to Aberdovey in Wales has been postponed. I know this will be disappointing but the decision has been taken out of our hands. We have been in ongoing discussions with the Outward Bound Trust and have explored numerous options but as the Outward Bound Centres are not at full capacity, due to COVID restrictions, and staffing the centres is difficult in the current climate this means they can only offer us very limited access at the start of next term.


Visiting Outward Bound and exploring the idea of crew is very important to establishing a positive culture at our schools. As such we are determined to ensure that at some point in the next school year, probably in the spring/summer term, we will be able to reschedule this most important experience. 


On a positive note, even though we are not visiting an Outward Bound Centre at the start of the year, staff have already been working hard on an alternative experience for students in the first week back which will involve challenges and opportunities for students to build strong bonds and positive relationships in their crew and their year group. Further details regarding the first week back will follow before the end of term.


Finally, whilst the new school year won’t start as we would have hoped and expected, we are still looking forward to seeing you at the start of next term as you make the first steps in your exciting journey at XP and XP East.


With my very best wishes


Andy Sprakes

Please note that on the last day of this term, Friday 16th July 2021, the school will be closing for all students at 1:30pm after Crew. This is for staff to prepare for the new term. There will not be any provision for students to stay after this time so all students need to be collected or have left the school.

Many thanks

XP Office

Sports day cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel Sports day on Friday 9th July. Therefore lessons will run as normal. Hopefully we will be able to run sports day in the next academic year.

Students please can you still bring a packed lunch for the day.

Any questions please ask crew leaders.

Thanks Team PE