Details regarding school reopening

Hi everyone, further to my update from the 3rd July I can confirm that on Wednesday 13th July we will be publishing the final details concerning school reopening.

We are currently finalising many different aspects of this work, and we will be releasing a specific website that will include a series of documents and different walkthrough videos.

The website will include video presentations on how the site has changed, details about the first week back, timetable changes, advice for encouraging children to get back into good habits and the different protocols for keeping our community safe.

We’re nearly there – please stick with us.



Covid-19 update on the return of students

I’m sure parents will be aware of the recent announcement by the Government about all students returning to school for the new academic school year.

Yesterday, new guidance was released which provides specific details on some of the procedural aspects concerning the return. This is a 41 page document which needs careful consideration by our Leadership Team, and will take some time to fully digest – there is lots of hard work ahead of us.

I intend to be able to provide details of the measures that we will be taking in a published plan which will be available for the final week of this term. I can reassure parents that our decision making process will always consider what is best for our students, within the local context of Doncaster – not the national one.

It’s been a long time coming, but we are hoping that there is some light at the end of the tunnel as we have really missed our students. Please stick with us for the next week or so in order to ensure that we get this right.

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

X24 Superbug: Toilet twinning Fundraising

Before Christmas, students in X24 were learning about a possible extinction point, that of the Superbug. The Product is to raise money for the toilet twinning scheme. The scheme aims to supply a toilet or a block of toilets to parts of the world who have limited or no access to sanitation.

This charity is even more important under our current circumstances, given that one of the big drives in helping to control coronavirus, is good hygiene.

To raise money for this, students in X24 are going to walk two miles, with 4 litres of water on their back to ‘walk in the footsteps’ of communities where this is the only way of having any hope of hygiene. This will all be done in their own time.

To Sponsor X24, please donate via this link

If you have any further questions about this, please email me:

Hi everyone,

With us not being able to run sports day this year we have decided to give our students the opportunity to take part in a virtual competition hosted by Yorkshire Sport. The emphasis is on participation and all students who take part will gain points for their crew with additional points awarded accordingly for the top 3 scores in each year group. There will also be bonus points for the crews who have the most participants for each event. Share evidence of your scores with your crew leader who will pass it on to me. I have attached the details around what events to expect here. The link to the love event video feed is here. (This will be live on Friday)

Please also submit your scores via the link on the youtube video so that we can compete against other schools. It is hosted live on Friday 10th July at 10am and scores should be submitted no later than 12pm on Monday 13th July.

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to email myself or Miss O’Grady. Thanks and good luck!

August Travel Survey

From August we are encouraging as many of our students to walk, bike or be dropped off in a car to get to and from school due to the current risks. However, we know that this is not always possible so some of our students will still need to use public transport.

For those who will need to use public transport, we advise parents and students to familiarise themselves with the government advice on using public transport and the use of face coverings.

We will be providing the details of this survey to the public transport providers so they can plan for the demand. We will be advising them of any changes to our start and end times also.

All students from all year groups including our new year 7’s should fill this in.

Deadline is Wednesday 9th July 2020 for all responses.

X27 Transition day groups – Fri 3rd July

Good afternoon. We are really looking forward to welcoming our new students to school via google hangouts tomorrow on Friday 3rd July.

We know that some families have been having problems accessing the Google Classrooms which have been set up by the Local Authority. This is understandable given that we have never set up this type of provision across the whole of Doncaster before, and we would like to thank the Local Authority for the huge amount of work they have put into the transition events across all schools in the borough.

We have come up with a solution using our own Google apps. Students in each group should be able to use the same link to join our hangouts throughout the day tomorrow.

The first session will start at 10.00am on Friday 3rd July

The second session will start at 1.15pm on Friday 3rd July

Both sessions should last around 45 minutes.

To find which group your child is in, please look for your child’s initials alongside their Primary school.  Children from the same Primary school have been put in different groups where possible to enable them to meet other new students.

XP School: X27 group 1 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 1
CE Adwick Primary School
LK Atlas Academy
SW Balby Central Primary Academy
AG Kirkby Avenue Primary School
EB Bessacarr Primary School
LZ Copley Junior School
LA Green Top
ER Hexthorpe Primary School
BT Park Primary
MC Pheasant Bank Academy
RC Plover Primary School
DC Copley Junior School
HC Southfield Primary School
EB Town Field Primary School
KC Tranmoor Primary
RD Warmsworth Primary School
SH Woodfield Primary School


XP School: X27 group 2 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 2
GB Bessacarr Primary School
BG Bessacarr Primary School
CG Branton St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School
CH Carr Lodge Academy
JL Willow Primary School
OJ Copley Junior School
AY Lakeside Primary School
JP Park Primary
FF Pheasant Bank Academy
JH Plover Primary School
CL Southfield Primary School
MS Swinton Primary school
EM S Town Field Primary School
OH Warmsworth Primary School
NM Warmsworth Primary School
TW Waverley Academy
NB Woodfield Primary School


XP School: X27 group 3 – Use this link to join the Google Hangouts throughout the day.

Group 3
MS Bessacarr Primary School
RS Bessacarr Primary School
EB Green Top
GD Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
NR Hexthorpe Primary School
JM Hill Top Academy
IM Hooton Pagnell All Saints C of E Primary
BS Kingfisher Primary Academy
NK Lakeside Primary School
AP Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School
ML Park Primary School
AJ Pheasant Bank Academy
HJ St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School
JB St Oswald’s C of E Academy
HB St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
OS Town Field Primary School


If you have any queries about your son or daughter’s group, please email .

Am a very proud Crew Leader this week with Zack in crew Attenborough and his twin Logan taking part in a charity bike ride raising money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital by cycling 40 miles between football stadiums along with a group of fundraisers. The boys raised over £600 between the 2 of them which will make a massive difference to the hospital and the children who will benefit from the kindness and generosity of the boys and their sponsors. What a fantastic achievement from them. Was lovely being a part of the send off team on their epic journey. They can also benefit from being able to use the volunteering and physical as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award, which XP are supporting by encouraging students in finding different ways of achieving their goals while socially distancing.

James in our crew has also been fundraising, carrying out 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days in an effort to raise money for a charity that supports families living through breast cancer. He’s already raised his target but still going. Well done James and again all towards your DofE.

As we near the end of the year please encourage your student to keep going and dig deep, COVID 19 might keep us apart but we will always be together as Crew.

Today has been about reflection for me as Crew Leader of Attenborough. 5 years ago I started at XP and as part of that I did a staff outward bound followed by an expedition. I then had to write a speech about who I wanted to be at XP, I hope I have done my best for my students but most of all for my Crew, I hope they are as proud of me as I am of them.

“Having debated the question of whether we are important in the grand scale of things, it is my belief that although we are here at XP School; on a tiny planet in a vast universe, we can still choose to make a difference, we can still choose to be significant. In our ability to make education something to be enjoyed, embraced and proud of, we can fill our students with that same joy of learning and a deep understanding of whatever subject matter they encounter; because we as educators are now making the same journey.

Dr Kurt Reinhardt had a motto “Grow to be what you are.” This I have now done, so my dream job when I grow up has become a reality, and I have discovered that I am the sort of educator and the person inside who works best alongside my new family of inspiring colleagues and students, at XP School, in collaboration with leaders and members of the community, to educate each other, in order to produce courageous and respectful young adults, who are ready to take on the next challenge that life has in store. I am proud to be part of this school, I am proud to be Crew XP.


Crew Bronte – hasta la vista – not adios!

Today marks Year 11’s last official day at XP. Not quite the goodbye any of us envisaged, but over the last week I asked Crew to send me a memory from our time together. Here is what they said…

Katie – My favourite crew memory is when we all met for the first time and did all the great activities together in Wales and how we all grew from there.

Noah – the massive game of Jenga we all played in Year 9, those mystery liquids Joel brought in for the end of Year 8/9 and just the whole of Wales.

Lannie – Year 10 sports day is probably one of the best memories for me, all of the cheer and excitement of everyone was so overwhelming and memorable.

Mr Sprakes – definitely Duke of Edinburgh! Watching all of you arriving back on the second day of your Bronze practice in Year 9, soaking wet but smiling! This was the first time I felt part of Crew Bronte.

Mrs Sprakes – our second Outward Bound at Hatfield at the start of Year 8. We’ve never had much luck with the weather on our Outward Bounds, but that second day was ridiculously wet…and none of us, me included, had zipped up our tents! I can’t really repeat or re-enact some of the grumpy / angry / astounded words and faces that day!

Here are some blasts from the past!



Year 10 Daily 2pm Subject Hangout

There will be no subject-specific hangouts taking place on Friday 26th June and Monday 29th June due to the staff days. Members of staff will be taking part in planning and training activities in preparation for the new academic year.


Thanks for the continued support.

Its official! We have a crew name!

So, crew EJN presented their crew name suggestions to Miss Robinson in last week’s crew hangout. They were prepared, confident, and articulated their reasons for each individual really well.

I was very impressed!

After almost an hour of presenting their slides, Miss Robinson decided that our new crew name was going to be…(drum roll please)…

This is after the famous Mexican artist ‘Frida Kahlo’. You may recognise some of her artwork below:

She created a number of self-portraits as well as paintings about her disabilities.

She had a really tough time and was in a lot of pain throughout her life.


Here are some of the pages that Arthur in our crew prepared to describe her:


So, as you can see from Arthurs slides – she didn’t have it easy. She had a lot of challenges to overcome in her life – but she was so determined and courageous!

Harrison read through most of the slides as Arthur had a few technical issues and was losing connection. Harrison read really well, he was clear and confident. He showed a lot of courage as I know he was not in his comfort zone whilst doing it. Well done Harrison.

For Arthur’s last page he described why he thought that we should name our crew after Frida Kahlo…

The reasons that he gave above absolutely blew me away and actually brought a tear to my eye – thinking about how far we have come as a crew and all that we have been through!

We have been through some hard times, some challenging times, some difficult times – but we are crew and we can get through it! We support each other and back each other up.

I am a very proud, emotional, embarrassing, and ‘cringy’ crew leader – but I don’t care!

I’ll leave you with this quote from Frida which I think is VERY true.