Students in Year 9 will be visiting Thackray Museum in Leeds next week on fieldwork as part of their expedition Don’t Mention the War. Skipper will be attending on Tuesday 20th November and Admiral will be attending Wednesday 21st November. 

The fieldwork will take place within normal school hours. Students will leave school at 9.15 and arrive back at school before 15.15, traffic depending. Should there be any delays, we will update the website and let parents and carers know.

Students will be acting as scientists and historians and examining the unknown heroes of World War One. The sessions will take place so students will need normal school dress.  Students will also need a packed lunch unless they receive free schools meals in which case school will provide one.


Student Bikes

Last week we had two bikes stolen from XP East during the day. Unfortunately this is not the first time. The bikes were locked up but it looks like the thieves have cut them with some cutting device to take them.

The CCTV shows them jumping over the fence to get the bikes. This footage has been shared with the police.

We would like to remind parents and students to lock any bikes up with a secure lock and ensure the bike is covered by your own home insurance. Because the bikes are not our property we are unable to claim on our insurance.


X21 and X22 Extended Study

How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Othello and Desdemona in this scene? Act 3 Scene 3
In order to revise and review the work that we’ve been doing on Act 3 Scene 3 of Othello, I would like students in X22 and X21 to answer the question above as Extended Study. Firstly, students are to update their notes/annotations on their own texts using the class-notes (on google classroom) and then they are to write a short essay between 200-300 words which answers the question above. Their answers should include a number of quotations and engage with language specifically (AO2), alongside pulling key meaning from the text (AO1).

Please remind students that you should be reading their texts at home- whether that’s revising what we’ve read already or getting a head start on the next scene. ‘Sparknotes’ is an excellent resource to support independent reading. We’re about to move onto Act 4 so if students that to get their heads into this it will be beneficial for them.

X22’s work is due next Friday (23rd) and X21 next Wednesday (21st).
Thanks for your continued support
Mrs Smith

Gardening Club:

Gardening club will not take place over the winter period on the usual weekly basis.

However there will be certain activities we can do such as bulb planting, so I will post dates for this along with any other gardening activities once arranged

Many thanks


Cleaner wanted for XP East!

We are looking for a cleaner to join our team working 5:30am to 7:30am Monday to Friday (term time only) to clean our new school.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning designated areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, toilet cleaning, desk cleaning, etc)
  • Replenishing toilet rolls and soaps when necessary
  • Cleaning internal windows and doors
  • Emptying waste bins and taking rubbish to the bin store
  • Operating floor cleaning machinery after training
  • Notifying management of any repairs and maintenance issues
  • Following all health and safety regulations

Applicants must:

  • Have previous cleaning experience, ideally in a school environment
  • Have general awareness of health and safety legislations
  • Be punctual, reliable and trustworthy
  • Be able to manage time effectively
  • Be able to work to a schedule

Pay: National Living Wage.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 22nd November 2018.

To apply please send your CV to

X23 Remembers

To mark the centenary of the armistice this Sunday, X23 chose to pay their respects by presenting their initial answers to our guiding question ‘What should we remember’ during our community meeting. Crafted beautifully into the form of a Found Poem by our talented Poet, Dan Ryder, the poem expressed their thoughts on how men, women and children experienced WW1 both on the battlefront and ‘at home’. The last stanza in particular expressed their thanks to those whose lives were taken, devastated or changed by war, and was read beautifully by Mills to the whole school together with our guests, Mr and Mrs Elliott of the Royal British Legion.

We are children at war who speak for other children at war
with respect for each bloodiest day.
In appreciation for their sacrifice in creation
of our courageous generation we thank them.
We remember.

Above are students Jon , Harley , Ethan , Mills , and James  accompanied by Mr and Mrs Elliott. Ethan is holding a wreath of 50 poppies made by X23. Each student made a poppy, then after researching either the name of a family member who lost their life in war, or the name of a soldier who remains missing or has over time been forgotten, wrote this name on a petal. The names were found using the database of soldiers who served in the First World War created by the Imperial War Museum, which is available to access freely here

We are extremely honoured that Mr and Mrs Elliott chose to take the wreath with them to display when fundraising for the Poppy Appeal, and thank them for their kind generosity in giving up their time to speak so warmly to our students about the work that the Royal British Legion do to help individuals and their families.

X24 Praise Butterflies

It’s fantastic to see our X24 students working so hard during our first week back.  Praise butterflies this week were awarded to Isaac, Vinnie, Aaisha, Chris, Jaggy, Courtney, Kyra, Bella, Charlotte, Milla, Charlie and Harpreet.  Butterflies were awarded by staff and by students for consistent hard work, being kind, showing compassion and in one case – for being epic!

Well done everyone!

Lost Property

We have a few more Lost Property items. If you recognise anything from the pictures attached please contact the office. The items will be kept in school for 4 weeks from the date of this post after which time they will be redistributed.