X21 students have recently completed their mock examinations.
We will be holding a mock results day at XP School Monday 4th February between 9.00am and 10.00am.
Students must arrive in school between these times to collect their results. During this time crew leaders and senior staff will be available to have informal discussions with students.
We encourage families to attend with their sons or daughters where possible. The purpose of the morning is not just to give students the results for their mocks, but also to give students an experience of what the results day in August will feel like.
Following the results day, we will invite each student and their family into school during the weeks commencing 11th and 18th February for a formal individual ‘results conference’.
In attendance at each student’s results conference will be their family, crew leader and other staff where appropriate. During this conference students will present their reflection on their results, identifying strengths and gaps in knowledge. Each student will then agree a set of targets and a plan with their crew leader and family. Crew leaders will also be able to direct parents and family members to workshops in the following week (see below).
In the week commencing 25th February, lead teachers for core subjects will be running workshops for parents and family members after school in the evening. In these workshops, parents and family members will be given specific advice on how to support their son or daughter. All family members are welcome at any of these workshops. However, during the results conferences in the prior weeks crew leaders will give advice on which specific workshops we would like families to attend.
X21 will be undertaking GCSE Mock Examinations on their return tomorrow – I’m sure they can’t wait!
Monday will be a Walking Talking Mock for English with the Spanish Speaking Exams filling Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday and Wednesday.
All the exams are based in XP East and times and rooms are included in the Timetable below. There are Pre Exam sessions taking place when key staff will ensure that students are prepared with a final session before they sit down for the exam.
Science extra sessions will start for all students next week. They are either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. This round of sessions will focus on content which students have not covered in their expeditions so it is vital all students attend so that they are prepared for their mock exams in January.
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.
As mock exams begin for C21 on Tuesday 9th January Choice GCSE will be moved to Monday 8th January (the first day back) so that students don’t miss out on this time. Please make sure you have everything you need for Choice on Monday.
Year 10 will be undertaking fieldwork this week at Yorkshire Museum in York as part of their Raiders and Invaders expedition. Both classes will visit the museum but on different days.
Students will travel by minibus and will depart at 09.15 and return to school in time for lunch, arriving at 12.30.
This means that there will be no change to the normal school day and students are not required to bring a packed lunch.
We politely ask that students arrive with outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear, writing and note taking equipment and devices to take pictures. If you have any questions or queries, as usual please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Send an email to Mrs Batty or Mr Voltaire.
We are doing a blog post about bullying, and in this blog we will be talking about how it is not okay and it should be stopped because it is hurting a lot of people and some of the time people haveexperienced severe bullying and it has ended badly.
In 2016 1.5 million males and females aged 12-18 admitted to being bullied 19% of these were bullied daily, 44% developed depression, 41% developed social anxiety and unfortunately 33% of them have had suicidal thoughts. Due the period of time we are living in we make it even easier to become a victim of bullying, with all the technology we have we can bullied in many different ways.