Tyler’s on the road to Wimbledon

Over the last term we have been using the superb facilities at Doncaster Lawn Tennis Club in Bessacarr to work on our ground-stokes, drop-shots and serves. This has culminated in XP running our very own National under 14 tournament – “Road to Wimbledon” – which sees the winner progress to representing the school at regional level – with the potential for playing at Wimbledon’s world famous All-England Club!

Ten boys competed in the event which superbly showcased the progress that they had made over the last 7 weeks. The boys were divided into two leagues with the top two from each competing in the semi-finals. The competition was fierce and actually required a 3-way play-off in league 2 to decide second place but the final four was eventually made up of Tyler S and Tyler W or C23 and Bobby S and Milo T from C24.

The first semi-final saw the two Tylers locked in combat with Tyler S coming out on top with some excellent shots and a willingness to chase every ball. On the other court Bobby and Milo went head to head producing some long and skilful rallies and after a closely fought match Milo got the better of the tie and went on to face Tyler S in the final.

In a game filled with energy, skill and determination C23’s Tyler S aced XP’s first ever Tennis event emerging victorious over Milo in a match that was an absolute credit to all of the competitors and a very worthy final.

Tyler will now go on to represent XP in Leeds against the winners of other local schools and we will be rooting for him to make into the next round… and maybe even to Wimbledon!!

Next year – we will be aiming for bigger and better as we strive to send a boys champion and girls champion! Well done to all competitors and indeed everyone who attended the after-school club over the weeks that it ran. A special thanks to Zara Y in C21 who lent us her expertise as a coach throughout – an absolutely outstanding ambassador for our school and to our younger students.

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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I’m delighted to announce that the C22 POL performance of An Inspector Calls will be on Wednesday the 4th July for SKIPPER and Thursday the 5th July for ADMIRAL, from 6pm.

We’d really appreciate if you could help your child to learn his/her lines from their scripts in the meantime. The sooner students learn these the better the performances will be!

Thanks, as always, for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all there!

C24 PE – Tuesday 19th June

Just a note that due to me being involved with taking our students to Doncaster School Athletics on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June (next week) C24 will not have PE session 2 on the Tuesday. I will barter with C24 teachers to try and make this hour up at a later date.


Just a quick reminder for parents of the key dates for C22 students in Crew Nightingale and Bronte. Students will have their final kit check in Crew time on Thursday 14th June and will be bag packing on Thursday 21st June; as a result, students will have a later finish at school of around 5pm. Finally, the Friday the 22nd and 23rd June students will be completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh walk. Students need to arrive at school on Friday the 22nd at 7.15am. We would ask that parents please remind students of the need to take care while out on expedition and that mobile phones are not allowed, unless the group have decided that a specific phone is to be used as the emergency contact or it is part of their aim to use them at which point we will remove the SIM card which will be kept safe for the weekend.

Please watch the website during the Saturday afternoon, the expected time back at school is between 5 and 6pm, but this may change due to traffic or any vital de-gunging that may need to take place before students leave.

Mrs Sprakes and Mrs Batty

C21 Extended Study

Students have been set a note taking task on google classroom that is to be completed by Friday. They will need to read the following information from http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/mwh/ir1/chamberlainandappeasementrev1.shtml  and produce their own notes in order to build their contextual understanding around the start of WW2.