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.

Over but not out!

We did it! Myself and Mr Walker completed the Sheffield Half Marathon today in aid of Emily Anderson, the sister of Katie who is a Year 9 student at XP. Through completing the race we have raised nearly £800 to help with Emily’s care and we are really grateful to everyone who has donated (you can still donate here if you haven’t already done so!) to this worthy cause. Special shout outs must go to Mr Pearson who cheered us on at Hunter’s Bar roundabout and Mr Voltaire who gave up his time to take us to the race and bring us safely back home and also to Mr Walker who only stepped up a week ago to take part in the race and he was amazing! It was a really tough race, (the first five miles are up hill!) and it is widely regarded as one of the toughest half marathons to complete but we managed to finish the race in 2 hours and 6 minutes – five minutes faster than last year! Once again, thank you for all the support we have received and here’s to cracking the 2 hour mark next year!!

We are Crew.

Andy Sprakes

Sheffield Half Marathon – off and running!


Look closely! Hands up if you can spot Mr Sprakes and Mr Walker in the crowd! Or try and find the XP Trust Logo. They reached Hunter’s Bar roundabout at 10.06 a.m. this morning, keeping up with their pace-setter, and since then they will have continued upwards on Ecclesall Road, and by now, they should be reaching their half-way point.

They are running a gruelling half marathon course, with significant climbs as is the case around Sheffield.

It’s not too late to sponsor them and donate to our charitable cause, so please click here if you wish to show Mr Sprakes and Mr Walker your support.

Thank you.

C22 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition

Dates for each crew are below. To ensure our students are safe, it is vital that we conduct a kit check and student bag pack. For the kit check we ask that students bring everything on the attached kit list into school, this will be checked by crew leaders in the Thursday morning kit check. The bag pack will start at the end of the school day and finish for approximately 5:15pm. Dates appropriate for crew are as follows:

Bronte and Nightingale have got their Practice expedition on the 27th and 28th April. Kit Check during crew on 19th April. Then will get all students packing their equipment on 26th April, ready to leave school the following morning.

Ennis Hill and Emily Davison have got their Practice expedition on the 4th and 5th May. Kit Check during crew on 26th April. Then we will get all students packing their equipment on 3rd May, ready to leave school the following morning.

I will post times for the Friday mornings at a later date.

C24 Age UK Fieldwork

I am really pleased that we are once again working with Age UK this year.  C24 students will visit one of four Age UK Centres and play games in the next week with the service users.  The second visit (April/May) students will be linked with a user and they will ask them questions to get to know them and the third and final visit in July, Students will present their Kindness boxes.

All visits will take place in school time and students will return before dinner.

The following students are going to the following places:

Friday 6th April, 20th April & 6th July- Woodlands- Vinnie, Milla, Charlie B, Maxwell, Marcus, Calum, Aaisha, Amber, Sam, Christopher, Livia and Heather.

Tuesday 10th April, 24th April & 3rd July- Wheatley- Kyle, Francesca, Helen, Henry, Ashley, Kai, Kian, Emily, Coen, Enza, Courtney and Thomas.

Monday 9th April, 23rd April & 9th July- Rossington- Kyra, Bella, Charlotte, Tristan, Harpreet, Archie, Finnley, Harvey, Evan, Bobby, Joseph, Milo and Tyler.

Tuesday 17th April, 1st May & 10th July- Balby- Roshni, Alfie, Isaac, Kate, Freddi, Charlie P, Loris, Jaqtar, John-David, Imogen, Jayden, Ricki and Charlie W.

As an additional note, we would appreciate if parents can start to save and send in cereal boxes ready for when we start to make the Kindness boxes.

Any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email at gthornton@xpschool.org.

Many thanks.

C24 Outward Bound

Just to make all C24 parents aware students will be going on their Outward Bound the first week back after the summer break – week commencing 28th August 2018.

Further details will be announced over the next couple of months.

Madrid 2018

Just to remind all parents and carers that the final payment for Madrid is due on the 28th April. We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on Monday 30th April at 5.30 pm, where essential information about the visit will be shared, and there will be an opportunity to answer any questions as well.