Against Breast Cancer Bra Bank

As part of our continued support and fund raising for Cancer Research UK, Crew Bronte have been trying to raise awareness of the Breast Cancer charity in particular. Since February, we have received donations of pre – loved bras, in ay condition, and have around 150 so far. Due to this huge support, we now have a bra bank in school, and would like to continue to receive donations in order to help Against Breast Cancer with their vital funding of research into breast cancer.

Please find a link here, with a short video, explaining all about this scheme, and start collecting! To our knowledge, there are no other bra banks in the Doncaster area. The bank is located in XP School, in the library area. Thank you for your support.

Bra Recycling


X25 Pop up theatre

On Wednesday X25 had a fantastic visit to the Rose pop up theatre in York to see The Tempest.

They grappled with the old English language of The Tempest and showed resilience.

Well done X25!

Our new members of staff crew

Before we sign off for the Summer I would like to introduce you to our new members of staff crew.

For the last month they have been working together, first on an outdoor expedition followed by a learning expedition – just as students do when they first join us. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with them during this time. We are very luck to have joining our staff crew:

Joanne Baldwin: English Lead and new crew leader for Crew Hahn

Brandon Burke: Learning Coach

Kelly Butler: SENCo and teacher of English

Sarah Hannam: History Lead and crew leader for X26

Natalie Johnson: HUMAN team and crew leader at XP East

Emily Jones: Teacher of Art and crew leader for X26

Henna Mistry: STEAM team and crew leader for E26.

Joseph Nixon: STEAM team and crew leader for X26

Charlotte O’Grady: Teacher of PE and new crew leader for Crew Piper

Marc Robins: Teacher of Music and new crew leader for X26

Rachael Rothwell: STEAM team and crew leader at XP East.

Ranjana Pathmakumar: Learning Coach


Also Miss Cocliff who joined us earlier in this academic year will be the new crew leader for Crew Macmillan from August. Mrs Green who has been with us during this academic year will be a new crew leader for Post-16. Finally Mrs McCarthy who joined us in this academic year will be working with Crew Hawking alongside Mrs Rigby.

Miss Cocliff, Mrs Green and Mrs McCarthy have all already had a hugely positive impact on our school.

X21 GCSE Results Day Thursday 22 August 2019

X21 have worked tremendously hard over the past five years and have developed into incredible young adults who are confident and full of compassion. They have been a credit to our crew, their families and themselves. Whatever the outcomes are in August, we know our students have placed themselves in a position to succeed in their next steps towards our common mission of ensuring they are ready for success in whatever field they choose and are able to access university.

Below is information concerning GCSE Results Day on Thursday 22 August.

The school will be open and GCSE results will be available to collect from 9am on Thursday 22 August for all X21 students and parents.

Exam slips will be issued by Crew Leaders followed by sign up for Post 16.

In addition, a destination form for all students will need to be completed and handed in to Crew Leaders before students leave.

I am extremely proud of X21, our pioneering students. Enjoy the summer, rest up and be ready to go again in September.


Thank you, as always, for your support.

Andy Sprakes


Lost Property

Good morning. All lost property will be laid out in the Drama space at XP for students to collect items belonging to them. Anything that is unclaimed will be sent to charity after school closes tomorrow. Please encourage your child to have a quick look.  Many thanks and have a great summer holiday.  XP Office Team

When XP School in Doncaster opened as a Free School in  September 2014 the story of its journey was only known to a handful of people. Now five years on, the ‘How We XP’ book launched this Summer, shares the journey to Outstanding and internationally acclaimed school and growing Multi-Academy XP Schools Trust.

Written by the CEO and Executive Principal for the XP Schools – Gwyn ap Harri and Andy Sprakes – the book’s narrative charts their journey and focuses on the design principles which make the school different and dynamic. 

‘How We XP’ – a 200 page paperback – is, as described by the authors, a true story, a manual, a guide, a document to share and an invitation to try something different – to be the change. 

The school signage carries the words ‘Above all Compassion’ – ‘How We XP’ is all about that. It’s an inspirational piece of work too, which has been described as ‘half story, half instruction manual, half call to arms. That equals one and a half – it’s that good’.

Preparing students for the real world is one of the most important things a school can do. This book answers many questions often asked at XP – including, how are you different, do you still follow a curriculum with expeditions at the heart of what you do and quite simply – how does XP work?

It’s all here in ‘How We XP’.

You can purchase your book from the school office or order online by clicking here.

Big Picture Learning are recruiting!

Big Picture Learning, based in Bentley, Doncaster, are recruiting for a Provision Coordinator.

They will be interviewing potential applicants w/c 13th August – if you want to be considered you must ensure your application is with them by 9am, Monday 10th August 2019.

Salary is main scale TPS or L1-6 dependent on skills

To apply please send a brief letter and CV to

To find out more about Big Picture Learning and this role click here.

Last Day of Term

Just a reminder…… On Friday school will close at 1.30pm and there is no provision for students to stay in school.  Can you please ensure arrangements are made with your child for collection etc.  Many thanks.

NCS Fundraiser Friday 19th July









As part of our NCS social action, we have been tasked with supporting a charity and hosting a series of fundraising events. Our groups will be coming into school this Friday to raise money and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We will be in school from 8AM – 1PM. We are asking that students and staff wear something red for a donation of £1. 

We will also be hosting a bake sale and glitter / face painting stall. 


All funds raised go towards our charity and improving the lives of youths suffering with cancer. We appreciate your help to support this worthy cause. Thank you in advance on behalf our NCS groups, we will see you all on Friday.

Posted on behalf of Helmsley NCS Groups 6 and 7.

X25 reminder for Theatre visit tomorrow

Just a reminder that all X25 students are going to York tomorrow to the popup Rose Theatre to see The Tempest.

The weather is due to be warm and sunny so it is really important that students bring a bottle of water (no fizzy drinks are allowed), sun cream and a hat.

Students also need to bring a packed lunch with them.

We plan to leave at 8.30am and traffic allowing we will hopefully be back at 3.15pm.