C21 Preparation for Y11

Students have a small amount of revision to do over the summer for science. The work covers some of the fundamental knowledge which needs to be retained. This will allow students to make a running start to the year and will help us maximise the time available before their exams next year. Many students are confident with the ideas already so this will require very little work.

Secondly, there are some students who have not completed their ‘answer to the guiding question’ in science. It is important that students complete this before we return. It will be a challenging year for students next year as it is, so it would be beneficial for students not to have to catch up work on previous expeditions.

Finally, I do appreciate there will be weeks where Tassomai can not be done and that the most important thing for students is that they have a rest this holiday, however if Tassomai can be kept ticking over it would be useful to students. 

I would be really grateful your support with this.

To both students and families, please have a wonderful summer and enjoy the deserved rest.

Mr Campbell

C21 Silver Cycling Kit List

Here is the kit list for the Silver DofE Cycling expedition. Please check it fully. It is very similar the kit for bronze but there are some notable changes due to the mode of transport:

  • Students will need only a small day-sized backpack as they will be carrying most of their gear in pannier bags.
  • Hiking boots are not necessary.
  • There are some items that the whole group needs that need to be organised by individuals in the group. This is detailed in the full kit list.

Thank you, we’re really looking forward to being the first DofE cycling group at XP!

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C21 Duke of Edinburgh Silver (Cycling Group)



We’re delighted to report that all seven C21 students involved in the Cycling Group reached Bikeability Level 3 standards last Friday, following intensive training from our two instructors. This usually takes two days to achieve.

This will now allow our cyclists to complete their fitness challenge as part of their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition later this year.

Hat off to Oliver who beat Mr Pearson in the slalom cone challenge, to be the last man standing!

Mountain Biking Club resumes next Friday 13th April. Places are limited and priority will be given to C21 students involved in the DofE and students who have regularly attended this extra-curricular activity.

Mountain Biking Crew is back!

We’re pleased to announce the return of XP Trust’s Mountain Biking Crew, after school beginning Friday 16th March (3.30 – 5.15), now that the days are getting longer. Led by Chris Green we take students out for nearly 2 hours to improve their levels of fitness and to practise their off-road skills.

Unless engaged in intervention, C21 students who will complete a cycling proficiency course before their silver Duke of Edinburgh cycling expedition should also join this group to prepare themselves for the challenge, and the Crew is open to all other students on a first come first served basis (places are limited). Please note that for safety reasons the Mountain Biking Crew activities are dependent on favourable weather conditions.

This follows the Bicycle Buddy initiative that saw a professionally qualified cycle technician attend XP School recently to service our students’ bikes. The facts and stats were:

Total Bikes serviced = 17

Brake cables fitted = 9
Brake Cable outer fitted = 2
Gear Cables fitted = 4
Brake pads fitted = 4 ( 2 sets )
Brake Noodles fitted = 5 – these are the pipes that hold the cable in place at the brake caliper.
Bottom Bracket adjustments = 3
Bar end caps fitted = 4
Tyres Inflated / checked = 16
Headset adjusted = 3
All free-of-charge courtesy of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

C21 Fieldwork – Viking Festival, York

Last term students in both Admiral and Skipper in C21 worked on producing a booklet exploring the guiding question, ‘How Far Did the Vikings Forge a Legacy?’ After visiting the Jorvik Museum and a Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum, students were given a Viking artefact to study. The focus of this study included the historical context as well as the scientific properties of their artefact, covering both GCSE History and Science standards. Students then assessed the work of their peers and decided which work should be included in the final product.

The booklet has now gone to print and the culminating fieldwork will be students attending the Viking Festival in York engaging with members of the public to explain their knowledge of the Viking period and their understanding of the science of metals and their properties. We will be hoping to raise funds for future expeditions by asking for donations in return for a copy of the booklet.

Skipper will be joining the festival on Wednesday 14 February and Admiral on the following day Thursday 15 February. Students will need to wrap up warm as we will be outside for large parts of the day and bring a packed lunch. We will leave during crew on both days and we will return for approximately 3.15pm on both days. If any parents wish to come to the event we will be based in the main festival tent in Parliament Square (opposite Marks and Spencer’s) as well as Coppergate and at the bottom of the Shambles near to the DIG Museum. We would be pleased to welcome you!