Student overview for WB 01.06.20

We hope everyone has enjoyed the sunshine over the recent holiday period – let’s try and establish some routines by getting back into the swing of things wherever possible.

The student overview for this week is below (week beginning Monday 1st June).

We are currently reviewing aspects of our online provision so please stay tuned for updates in the weeks ahead.

If you a parent of a Y10 or Y12 student, please see this update concerning reopening.


Important Update Regarding June 1st

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with an important update.

As you will be aware, the Government has requested that secondary schools offer ‘face to face support’ for Year 10 and Year 12 students from 1st June. 

To explore the possibility of reopening, we have had many long and detailed video conferences with XP Trust school leaders and the Local Authority which have revolved around our comprehensive risk assessment processes. These discussions have also taken into account the number of students currently receiving in-school provision and our commitment to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our community.

As a result of these long and difficult conversations, we have therefore decided that we will not be extending our provision to Y10 / Y12 students on 1st June. We will however review the situation in mid-June and keep you updated. 

Please also note that our online curriculum will continue after the Spring Bank holiday and that our commitment to maintaining our high standards in this area is unwavering. 

We will of course also continue to offer our in-school provision for children of Key workers, and those students with Special Educational Needs.

If parents of these specific children are considering requesting a place, please do complete the survey below as it will help us to make relevant staffing arrangements (parents of existing children who already attend do not need to complete the survey).

If you do have any concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Crew Leader. 

I hope this update finds you and your loved ones, safe and well. We look forward to welcoming all students back when we can.

Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East)

YEAR 9: New birdwatching world record*

We have a new record in Year 9 for the most birds spotted in a single session.

Kyle in X24 spotted an incredible 60 birds from 14 different species, including a sparrow hawk and two herons.

Whilst we have not set any work for students in Year 9 to complete over the two week break we would love it if they continued with their birdwatching, bug hotels and bird boxes. Please remind them to send us lots of photos. We are in competition with XP East for the most birds spotted.

*not verified by Norris McWhirter

Beautiful work in STEAM

This week I would like to appreciate a number of students for all sorts of reasons in STEAM.

We have just had our closing circle in a hangout meeting and reminded the students that we appreciate their efforts in such challenging times.

There are a number of challenges that students have been working on, linked to the learning targets of our new expedition:

  • building bug hotels
  • building bird boxes
  • bird spotting
  • doing citizen science research in Zooniverse

We’d love to see more photos from these challenges over the two-week break. But most importantly we want students to stay safe, and where possible to enjoy nature.

Here are my appreciations for the week. More images of beautiful work can be found in our expedition gallery by clicking on this link.


Crew Bronte Hangout…

Last week saw the launch of the final expedition for X22 , ‘Once in a Lifetime”, which will culminate in X22’s first, and I must say very unique book, “How we Did XP”. This will reflect upon X22’s journey at XP, and comment on this unusual time in all of our lives.

Well done to Oliwia for completing the Immersions tasks, and being well on her way to the first writing task, a reflection of five years of Crew.

It’s not all work though, for the last two weeks we’ve checked in with a game of “alphabetti spaghetti”, last week naming fruit and vegetables that start with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending at Z. Joel was the supreme winner, with Katie in second place! This week, we chose animals as the challenge. Joel won again, with myself in second place. Have you ever heard of a Xolo? It’s a mexican hairless dog (the dog in Coco)…cute or one of a kind, what do you think?



This week, we met Ziggy and Cooper!

Bec and Hayley were crowned quiz champions again this week! Everyone appreciated my really cool, down with the kids questions about Marvel and YouTubers. HA!

Ziggy and Cooper made an appearance, I’ve heard so much about Stevie’s beloved cats this year it was lovely to finally meet your feline friends. They are a pair beauties (only 2 of 8 may I add!).

Here’s Cooper

Here’s Ziggy (ace name! Does he play guitar? Soz, bad Bowie joke there)

Well done to Bec and Bob, I have received an email from your Spanish teacher about the hard work you’ve been putting in.
L, again keeping on top of things as well as Hubert and Lily. Music to my ears.
Hayley, brilliant to see you have joined the HUMAN expedition Google Hnagout this week, showing real commitment there. Now, lets get some of that work handed in 🙂

Hubert and Bec have been baking Zebra cake and makings pizzas this week, very professional shots as well:

Bec’s delicious pizzas!

Before and after. This cake looks incredible!! YUMMY!)

Here’s a few pics of our Crews work this week from your Google classrooms. Some of you are really working hard and getting smart.

Lovely to see you all.
We are still Crew, don’t forget that!

Mrs Hannam 🙂

Covid-19 update 12.05.20

I’m sure parents will be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that some lockdown measures are beginning to ease, including the return in some instances of students to schools. With regards to the context of XP, the Department for Education has stated:

From the week commencing 1 June 2020 at the earliest…We will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups.

Over the next 3 weeks I will be working with XP Trust school leaders, the Local Authority, and our leadership team to consider the implications of the announcement. We will not make any hasty decisions on what this provision will look like, and we need time to consider other details as and when they are released by Government.

Our priority continues to be the care, safety and support of students and our XP community. The in-school provision for children of key workers and vulnerable students currently based for both schools at XP East will continue to operate as normal throughout this period.

We will shortly be communicating with parents of Y6 students who have a place at XP and XP East.

Moving forward, we will use our websites to communicate any developments and I encourage all parents to communicate directly with their child’s Crew Leaders should they have any questions at this stage. Please continue to be patient in waiting for updates, and we are ever so grateful for the emails of support and appreciation for our amazing staff.

Best wishes, Jamie Portman (Principal of XP and XP East).

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Busy Bees

Crew have had another awesome week working really hard and pushing on, our crew tracker has had a really positive impact and students are smashing their deadlines for work !

Crew Stan Lee have got a new challenge this week of creating a book of memories to capture these weird and wonderful times, we have a cooking challenge to complete and a nature section, students can make a bird feeder or just capture an image out of their window.

I can’t wait to see what crew comes up with !

Alfie has rose the challenge of making his garden beautiful and what a magnificent job he and his family have done.

Alfie is also quite the artist with his beautiful painting of a seascape, Well Done Alfie…. you have had an amazing week !

My personal challenge for crew is completing the Couch to 5k, I’ve just completed week 2 ! Only 7 weeks to go, I’m exhausted just thinking about it ( ha ha ).

Miss Cross and myself also let crew into a little secret …… that I will be Crew Leader for Stan Lee while Miss Cross is on maternity leave.

I’m so excited and up for the challenge bring it on !!

Mrs Pulham.