C22 Visit to Madrid

A reminder to parents that the deadline for payment is Saturday 28th April. Also, please remember to bring your son / daughter’s passport on Monday evening for the meeting, which will then be kept in school. We look forward to seeing you at 5.30 next Monday.

We will be interviewing potential applicants 4th May 2018 – if you want to be considered through our rolling recruitment process, you must ensure your application is with us by 12 noon, Monday 30th April 2018.

We are looking for Learning Coaches (Teaching Assistants) to start their induction on Monday 11th June 2018.

We will consider ANY LEVEL of experience as there are a number of vacancies available. Any experience of the following would be advantageous for some of the vacancies:

  • To promote inclusion and acceptance of all learners in the classroom.
  • To work as part of a Learning Expedition team in supporting and including students with learning difficulties/disabilities, such as autism, in mainstream classes.
  • To help with planning, delivering and implementation of work programmes to individuals, groups and classes of learners under the direction and supervision of Expedition staff.
  • To take into account a students’ special needs and ensure their access to a lesson and its content through appropriate clarification, explanations, equipment and materials.


Deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 30th April 2018.

Interviews will take place 4th May 2018.

To access the application form and to find out more about our recruitment process click here. We do not require visits prior to applications at this point due to the short deadline.

C23 Presentation of Learning

The Year 8 Presentation of Learning will take place on Tuesday 8th May for Skipper and Wednesday 9th May for students in Admiral.  The evening will be held at The Point in Doncaster at 5.30pm. We have chosen The Point as it provides students the opportunity to perform their poetry to an authentic audience and in the home of Doncaster Community Arts.  Students will need to be collected from the venue not from School at 6.30pm. Students are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact School.

Year 8 Team

The following link will take you to The Point, Doncaster. https://www.thepoint.org.uk

C22 DofE Bronze practice expedition is finally here!

Students have been working hard over the past four months to prepare themselves as part of crew for their practice expedition and I would like to congratulate them on their progress so far. Practice expeditions start this week and I would like to outline some important information before we set off!

Crew Bronte and Crew Nightingale will start their adventure this Friday 27 April whilst Crew Ennis Hill and Crew Davison will set out the following week on Friday 4 May.

Students will need to arrive at school on their respective dates for 7am so that we can complete a final kit check and load the mini-buses.

In preparation for the practice expedition, students have created their own walking routes in a selected area. As a matter of course, these routes will sometimes take them near rivers and/or roads. Accordingly, all students have been briefed about staying away from water and that they must stay in single file and remain vigilant whilst walking on roads.

We would therefore ask, that you reiterate the conversation we held with your son/daughter on Friday 20th April about safety around these hazards. I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that the majority of these hazards will be supervised by a qualified member of staff.

As always, thank you for your support and if you have any questions please feel free to contact the school to discuss further.

Best wishes

New PE extra-curricular clubs

Summer Term is approaching so it’s time to dust down the Rounders bats! Please see attached the updated after school sport offer… this will update again after May half term when we have use of the Sports Hall.

Many thanks.

We have recently purchased Hegarty maths, after a successful trial as a tool for extended study at XP.

We have found the following guidelines the best way to use this resource

  1. Hegarty maths is a collection of excellent video resources, students should watch the video, and make notes.
  2. The video will set questions at certain points, students should pause the video, and then attempt those questions.
  3. After watching the video, students can then attempt the tasks. You can still use the video, and the video itself has a model similar to the questions asked.

I recently enclosed a guide for parents, which I have relinked here

Any further questions, please send me an email

Best wishes


C21/C22 Parents: Tassomai

Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.

We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.

We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.

C21 Spanish Extended Study

This week students have been given a sheet with phrases around role models to learn for a test on Monday 23rd April (Skipper) and Tuesday 24th April (Admiral). Half the test will be like a reading comprehension, where Spanish phrases will be translated into English. The other half will be heard in Spanish, and written in English. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.