C22 (Year 9) Languages and Arts Visit to Madrid 2018

Dear Parents / Carers,

It is with great pleasure that I am writing to inform you in more detail of the Languages and Arts visit to Madrid in May next year. To confirm the date of the visit will be Monday 21st May 2018 – Thursday 24th May 2018 inclusive. The visit will include: travel and transfers; insurance; entrance fees to the Museums and Galleries; a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium; as well as breakfast and evening meals in a hotel in Central Madrid.

We believe that this visit is essential for students to develop their current knowledge of  Spanish by providing them with real life scenarios in which to practise their language skills whilst in the beautiful Spanish capital city. In addition, students will also visit several galleries, to sketch a range of paintings by famous artists throughout the ages on the theme of War, which will support, give insight and first hand experience to develop their GCSE Artwork.

The cost of the visit, depending on numbers, is approximately £659, plus the cost of a passport if students do not have one. However, this cost could be reduced to £587 if we achieve the target of 35 students going on the visit. Payment of this amount can be staggered over the coming months, with an initial deposit of £50 required by Wednesday 4th October. Please pay this through your ParentPay account.

After the resounding success of last year’s visit we are looking forward to this fantastic learning opportunity for all of our Year 9 students to experience another culture. Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you wish to discuss the visit in greater detail or you have any questions regarding the payment schedule.

Thank you,

Mrs Sprakes


From Thursday there will be a camera in operation in Doncaster Rovers Car Park 3 monitoring the parking.

They have informed us that there is a 30 minute window on the camera so as long as you take no longer than 30 minutes when dropping off or collecting your son / daughter you will not receive a fine.

For any Celebrations of Learning in future you will be asked for your car registration when signing in to school and this will be used to send to the company to eliminate any fines. This means that you must ensure you sign in for any large events.

For any other visits to school where you are required to park in Car Park 3 we have a tablet in the school reception which will allow you to register your number plate to ensure you will not receive a fine.

There should be no other instances where parents will be at risk of incurring a fine, but if you have any questions or concerns please just contact the school on 01302 898792.

Thank you.

Due to the level of demand last year, we will be holding two information evenings for prospective parents for both XP and XP East. These will take place on on Wednesday 4th October and Thursday 5th October.

The meetings will take place from 6:00pm at XP School on each evening. Both evenings will have the same schedule and will be appropriate for parents applying to either/both of our schools.

Please attend on Wednesday 4th October if your son’s or daughter’s surname is between A and K in the alphabet.

Please attend on Thursday 5th October if your son’s or daughter’s surname is between L and Z in the alphabet.

The evening will provide details of how we learn at XP through academically challenging learning expeditions, what you should expect from us and what we expect from you. This will include presentations from our students as well as a tour around the school where there will be activities taking place in different rooms.

We expect each evening to finish at around 7.30pm.

Please park in Doncaster Rovers FC Car Park 3 and enter the school through the student entrance gate at the bottom of the car park near to the builders’ cabins. If this is full we have been given permission to use Car Parks 1 and 2 as overflow. Please still enter through the student gate and not the main school entrance gate.

There will be an opportunity for parents/carers to ask any questions, all are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Martin Said

Head of XP School

C24 (Year 7) Admiral and Skipper Extended Study – Spanish

Our new students have been asked to complete homework on Spanish numbers 1-15 and on asking and giving ages. They need to record their answers on the double-sided work sheet reproduced below:

As always they are welcome to receive extra support in supervised Extended Study after school, and I will be present on Thursdays to offer this help if needed. Y7 Admiral – homework due in Tuesday 26.09.17 and Y7 Skipper due in Thursday 28.09.17 (to be set 21.09.17).

C22 (Year 9 Admiral and Skipper) Spanish Extended Study

As our C22 students prepare for the academic rigour of the GCSE course, they have been asked to prepare extended answers in Spanish to four questions on the picture-based task to the left. The answers will consolidate work done in class on our current media topic.

As always, they are welcome to receive extra support after school in Extended Study time. For Spanish we can offer such help on Thursdays after school.

Y9 Admiral – homework due in 26.09.17 and for Y9 Skipper – homework due in 28.09.17 (set 21.09.17)





Fixture News

Please note that due to a number of clashes at our end the Year 10 football fixture this evening has been postponed – I will post the new date when it is arranged.

Fixtures for next week:

Tuesday 26th September – Y9 & Y10 boys football both away at Thorne Trinity – expected return 18:00.

As ever the participants should bring black shorts and socks – football boots, shin-pads, water bottle and warm top.


C24 (year 7) Fieldwork 27th and 28th September

7 Skipper will be going out on fieldwork on Wednesday 27th Sept.

7 Admiral will be going out on fieldwork on Thursday 28th Sept.

The fieldwork is located at a range of former quarries where students can study exposures of the 3 main types of rock found at Warmsworth Park, Cedar Road in Balby and Barnburgh cliff. Students will carry out fieldwork alongside geological experts at each site, looking at the bedrock and superficial deposits in detail, as well as taking measurements of the dimensions of each site. Students will be back for 15.15

They will need to be prepared for the weather. At the moment the forecast looks good, however please keep an eye on this as we get closer to the fieldwork.

Long trousers and sleeves are best as we will be walking through some overgrown areas.

Wellies and a raincoat are advisable whatever the weather.

Students will need a pack up lunch, they can take this in their normal school bags. We can provide lunch for students on free school meals.

Student will also need a bottle of water.

Admiral will be doing PE during X Block on Wednesday 27th and Skipper Thursday 28th so please bring kit.

Any problems please let Mr Campbell know on rcampbell@xpschool.org


Mr Campbell


Gardening club tool request

This year we have about 20 students that have chosen to join gardening club for their DofE activity which is fantastic. However, this means we need more equipment. If anyone has garden forks they don’t use anymore we would really welcome them!

We also need more outdoor sweeping brushes and gardening gloves. At the moment we don’t require anything else and we have very limited storage for gardening equipment till the new school is built.

Our eco green house is nearing completion so we are hoping to be growing some vegetables in there in spring.

Many thanks for your support.

Kate & The Gardening Crew.

Also, students need to have a parent/carer sign the welcome letter to state that they have permission to attend and use our equipment. If you haven’t done this please download the letter attached and return ASAP

Download (PDF, 272KB)

C24 Extended Study

For extended study C24 students are asked to produce a first person narrative of a character from our anchor text Kit’s Wilderness.

Students are to write it from the view point of the character.  They can also draw a picture to match their narrative.

The extended study is in for Thursday 21st September.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (gthornton@xpschool.org) if you need further assistance.


Class 22 fieldwork to CAST

This Thursday (21st September) We are lucky to have obtained tickets for a showing of “To walk in their shoes”, which ties beautifully into our product for the expedition “War! What is it good for?”

The showing starts at 2.30, and finishes at 3.35.

Could parents please pick students up from CAST at this time.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards, and thank you again for your continued support

The year 9 team