Covid19 – Omicron variant update

Further to the recent Government announcement concerning the Covid19 Omicron variant, the Department for Education has updated its operational guidance for schools.

In summary, the following changes apply to both XP and XP East:

Face coverings to be worn in communal areas:

  • ‘…we recommend that face coverings should be worn by pupils, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. This is a temporary measure. Pupils in these schools should also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and dedicated transport to and from school. We do not advise that pupils and staff wear face coverings in classrooms.’

Self isolation for close contacts of those who test positive for Omicron:

  • ‘All individuals who have been identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, irrespective of vaccination status and age, will be contacted directly and required to self-isolate immediately and asked to book a PCR test. They will be informed by the local health protection team or NHS Test and Trace if they fall into this category and provided details about self-isolation.’

All planned school events for this term will continue as normal, unless the guidelines or situation changes.

Best wishes, Jamie Portman.

X27 Presentation of Learning 8th December 4-5pm

Finally X27 are able to show off their great work to their families in a presentation of learning. This is an opportunity for the students to show off their work and learning from their current expedition! Something we are so excited to have back at XP.

The current expedition has focused on the guiding question “what does it mean to be human?”, alongside showing their work, they will performing a speech with their answers to the guiding question!

If your child is in X27 they will be hosting a PoL on Wednesday 8th December, starting at 16:00 and finishing at 17:00

We will post a reminder closer to the event and we hope to see you all there!

2 DAYS TO GO C24 & 25 Parents Evening – Post 16 Provision. Wednesday 8th December 2021 at XP East 5.30pm to 7.30pm

XP & XP East are proud to announce our Post 16 Evening and would like to extend the invitation to parents/carers and students in years 10 & 11 at both schools. FXP have kindly offered to support so refreshments will be available on the night and all funds raised will support our students across both schools. As you will be aware opportunities to attend potential provisions have been difficult to arrange so at XP we decided to invite providers to come and meet our students.

Local 6th form providers have been invited to give a short presentation and will be available with stalls for the rest of the evening to answer any question you may have about their Post 16 provision. We are delighted with the response so far from providers and are looking forward to supporting our students in making informed choices as they come to the end of their XP journey. Please complete the form in the link below if you will be attending.

Post 16 Provider of the Week Doncaster College

Doncaster College have had a Hugh transformation recently, with a dedicated School Leaver provision for Post 16 students, an introduction of T Levels and an abundance of apprenticeship courses. They are also affiliated with Doncaster Knights Rugby alongside football through their Academy of Sport. They offer level 1 & level 2 courses for students that may struggle academically but also offer level 3 access to students with GCSE 4 and above.

Madrid 2022 – passport details and E.H.I.C. / G.H.I.C. reminder

Thank you to the parents of students in C26 and C25 (year 9 and year 10) involved in the Madrid 2022 optional visit that have already provided a photocopy of their child/ren’s passport details page. This information will be requested by our travel company, on behalf of our airline, shortly after Christmas.

If you don’t yet have a passport for your child/ren, your child/ren’s passport has expired, or there are fewer than six months remaining on this document after we return on Monday 27th June 2022, then could I remind you that you need to apply for one as soon as possible? For details of applying for or renewing a passport please visit the UK government website here. Crew Leaders of students for whom we don’t have a photocopy of a valid passport will be asked to contact home soon to verify that your child/ren has this document, so that we can provide these details to our travel company when they are requested.

Additionally, if you do not have a valid European Health Insurance Card (E.H.I.C.) for your child/ren, then please be aware that these have now been superseded by the General Health Insurance Card (G.H.I.C.) that is completely free-of-charge, and details may be found here. We ask that you take out an E.H.I.C. or a G.H.I.C. to supplement the basic travel insurance policy that we have arranged.

Finally, a polite reminder that the next payment instalment date is 31st December, although you are free to make overpayments at any time. Thank you.

Fantastic Farming!

One of our wonderful year 11 students, Jayden, lives – and works – on his family farm. Today, myself and Mrs Sprakes were lucky enough to be invited to see the work Jayden does on the farm – and we were blown away!

Jayden is involved in all aspects of the farm, and is SO knowledgable and passionate about the workings of the farm. There isn’t one piece of machinery that Jayden can’t drive or operate! I bet Jayden could run this single handedly (sorry, dad!). He showed us today the stacks of hay bales he has sorted out – WOW. Jayden also took us both out in his tractor – what a good driver! at 16 years old, this really is impressive.

During the guided tour…
Jayden’s hard work – perfect stacks!!!

Keep up the fantastic work, Jayden. You’re doing yourself, us, and your family proud both inside the classroom and outside of it, too! Don’t we have amazing students at XP?!

Miss Cocliff x

C28 (Year 7) fieldwork to the University of Sheffield – Tuesday 14th December

Students in C28/Year 7 will be visiting the University of Sheffield on Tuesday 14th December as part of their current expedition ‘’Food Glorious Food’. The primary purpose of the visit is to work with Dr Megan Blake and her International Development postgraduate students to look into how we might go about improving food distribution and waste. Whilst at the university, students will also be able to meet with student ambassadors and have a tour of the campus to give them a sense of what uni life is like!

We will be departing at around 9:15AM and returning for approximately 15:50PM so there will be a slight change in finish times of the school day for students. Students will need to bring a packed lunch unless they access free school meals, in which case school will provide one for them. Students will need to dress appropriately and in a waterproof coat and warm layers, as we will be walking around the campus at parts. If you have any questions about the day, feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Best wishes,

Miss Boon

KS3 Badminton Finals

Best of luck to our KS3 students who take part in the Doncaster schools finals tomorrow evening. Very exciting times and we all know they will do the school and everyone else very proud.

The team sheet can be found on the PE notice board and students are required to tick their name to confirm attendance. Any questions speak with Mr Stables

Good luck to everyone!

X27 / Year 8 “Rutina Diaria” Final Product!

Our X27 / Year 8 Spanish students have recently completed their 6 frame daily routine storyboard, that provides a model for Year 5 students in our XP Trust Schools to follow. By connecting their learning to previous material covered in year 7 – such as telling the time, naming family members, and identifying rooms of the house – most of our X27 / Year 8 linguists were able to evidence up to and including excellence standards on the rubric table.

We’re really proud of their achievements and wish to share their beautiful work, curated here into a short video-clip, with the wider community. ¡Enhorabuena a todos!