Year 7 Fieldwork Week beginning Tuesday 3rd May.

Students in Year 7 will be going out on fieldwork next week as part of immersion into their new expedition.

All students will be outdoors for extended periods so will need the following:

  • Waterproofs
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat/gloves
  • Wellington boots/walking boots

We ask that students do not arrive in jeans for fieldwork as they are not appropriate for outdoor work, but may bring a change of clothes for when they return to school.

Classes will be going out on the following days:

Tuesday 3rd May: Skipper out (kit needed)

Wednesday 4th May: Both Admiral and Skipper out (kit needed)

Sessions will take place within the normal school day and so packed lunches will not be needed.

Fieldwork will be a regular aspect of this expedition so students will definitely need outdoor clothing and walking boots moving forward.

If there are any questions, please get in touch with either Mr Voltaire, Miss Thornton or Mr Shakesby.

XP Auction – Friday 10th June

The date for the XP Auction has now been confirmed. It will take place on


We will be holding an auction to raise funds for the school. We are looking for quality unwanted goods for the auction which can be a variety of things, for example tools, toys, homeware, fishing equipment, furniture, working electrical items, gardening equipment, unwanted gifts, baby equipment, etc.

If you have anything at home that you no longer need, that is in good saleable condition, we would be most grateful of it. Unfortunately, we cannot accept clothing, anything that is faulty/damaged or beds/mattresses. We are hoping to auction around 300 lots.

We would really appreciate it if you could have a rummage around at home and send into school anything that you think will be suitable for the auction.

Many thanks in advance for your help!

Y8 Immersion fieldwork

On Monday 9th May 8 Skipper will be taking part in the immersion for the final expedition of the year. Followed by 8 Admiral on Wednesday 11th May.

Students will be outdoors all day in the Peak District and will therefore need: 

A packed lunch
Warm clothing (multiple layers)
A waterproof coat
Walking boots or wellington boots -Walking boots are preferable as they will offer better ankle protection for students as they are walking.
A hat and gloves
We ask that students do not arrive in jeans for fieldwork as they are not appropriate for outdoor work.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at school.

Well done, Ben and Alisha!

IMG_0999Congratulations to Ben Wheatcroft and Alisha Kaur for agreeing to come with me to the Doncaster Business Conference, organised by Doncaster Chamber, at the Legacy Centre on Friday 22nd of April. The event was attended by over 200 business leaders, and politicians from across the borough to focus on how Doncaster can continue to grow. We were invited by the Doncaster company, and XP partner, Rejus to attend as guests.

The first session was concerning “Skills and Aspirations for Doncaster’. Ben and Alisha asked the first question to the panel which included Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Damian Allen, the Director of Learning Opportunities and Skills at DMBC. The question from our students was, ‘We have a creative curriculum at XP. How can business support us?’ The panel were extremely complimentary that students in Year 7 were prepared to ask such a challenging question, in a formal setting, in front of so many professionals! To be honest, they struggled to answer the question, too!! Also, Ben and Alisha, before the event started and during the break, lobbied businesses in pursuit of sponsorship for an upcoming expedition; they made a startling impact on all present!

At XP we want to connect with the world to enhance the learning of our students. As Grace Sellers in Year 8, who attended the event last year, commented in our Community Meeting, ‘I know how nerve-wracking it is to ask a question in such a formal, adult setting but Year 7 have raised the bar. Well done, Ben and Alisha!’

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Year 7 Spanish Extended Study

Students need to spend about 30 minutes on the espanolextra website, user name xps200     password estadio   . Go to topics, then split the time between days and months, then move onto numbers. Have a go at any of the activities for revision purposes, for Tuesday April 26th.

Year 8 Spanish Extended Study

Students need to research a Central or Southern American country in terms of it’s popular sports and pastimes. Note about 10 points about the topic in English. Due for Friday 6th May, as there is a staff day next Friday. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.

Student Fundraising Day – Friday 22 April

XP students will be holding a fundraising day this Friday during school time. Funds raised will be donated to the family of one of our students, who unfortunately encountered a sad loss of a close family member very recently. Students will be holding a tombola, raffle, cake sale and football activities. We would be more than grateful for donations of buns, cakes, biscuits and raffle prizes. FXP have already donated a small amount of prizes for the cause. Please send any donations into school with your son or daughter before or on Friday 22nd April 2016.

Thanks in advance

Beautiful Work by Year 8

This is a classroom recording of the song our students wrote with a Zulu musician called Thanda Gumede and professional band Thabo and the Real Deal. This piece of work was the culmination of five weeks of study in JOLT+ where students worked with Thanda to understand injustices of the past, including in apartheid and in the US civil rights movement, to help them write about injustices that they see around them today.

Well done year 8!!!

Random Acts of Kindness

Yesterday our year 7’s performed Random Acts of Kindness at Lakeside Village. They handed out flowers, baked goods, sweets, drinks and chocolate to the general public asking them to ‘Pay It Forward’. There were even treats for the dogs.

Great work Year 7!!

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