GCSE Results Day: 25th August 2022

The wait is almost over: GCSE results will be available for collection from XP School on Thursday 25th August between the hours of 9.30am-11.30am.

Please read the following information about the collection process:

  • Entry and Exit will be by the usual student entrance at car park 3. 
  • Each Crew will have a designated area within the heart of XP school (all students of XP and XPE will collect their results at XP School). 
  • Crew leaders will have the results for their crew. 
  • Students will have the opportunity to wait on the stairs whilst waiting for a space with their crew leader. 
  • Students can open their results envelope with their crew leader or leave school to open them.
  • If students want to speak to Crew Leaders after they have received their results they will need to wait on the stairs.
  • Students will need to complete a destinations form with Mrs Burns before leaving school. Mrs Burns will also be available to discuss next steps, if required.
  • If students are not able to come to collect their results they must email Miss Cocliff if XP ([email protected]) or Mrs Parker if XPE ([email protected]) from their school email account and request their results be sent to them.  Results will be emailed to their school account.
  • If students have any concerns about their exam results they must email Miss Cocliff or Mrs Parker in the first instance outlining their concerns.
  • Official GCSE certificates arrive in School late October and students will be invited to a presentation evening in November to receive their certificates.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all on the 25th, and can’t wait to see the results of your hard work, through the most challenging of times. Please remember that – as important as your exam results are – they are just a small part of your XP/XPE journey. We are all super proud of the young people you’ve grown up to be, regardless of what’s in the envelope.

Mrs Parker and Miss Cocliff

C25: Coastal Walk on 30th August 2022

As ever, we will be kicking off our first week back at school by regrouping and rebooting Crew.

On the very first day back – Tuesday 30th August – our C25 (new Y11) students will be going on a coastal walk to Flamborough.

Students should arrive at school between 8am-8.15am so that we can leave at 8.30am.  We are aiming to be back at school by 3.30pm, but will keep you updated on the day.

All students will be expected to bring the Outdoor Kit listed below:

  • Appropriate rucksack for walking.
  • Packed lunch (those on FSM will be provided with a school pack lunch.)
  • Water bottle: approx 2 litres (no energy drinks, milkshakes or fizzy pop)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Appropriate walking trousers/shorts/leggings for the weather.
  • Walking top/base layer; made from synthetic, man made material (polyester, nylon etc). This type of material removes sweat away from your skin keeping you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather
  • Appropriate outdoor shoes (sturdy trainers, walking shoes or walking boots are compulsory – no open toe sandals, canvas shoes or sliders)
  • Sun hat/Sun cream
  • Medication

For further information or questions please email your child’s crew leader.

Thanks!

C26: Coastal walk on 1st September

As ever, we will be kicking off our first week back at school by regrouping and rebooting Crew.

On Thursday 1st September – our C26 students (new Y10) will be going on a coastal walk to Flamborough.

Students should arrive at school between 8am-8.15am so that we can leave at 8.30am.  We are aiming to be back at school by 3.30pm, but will keep you updated on the day.

All students will be expected to bring the Outdoor Kit listed below:

  • Appropriate rucksack for walking.
  • Packed lunch (those on FSM will be provided with a school pack lunch.)
  • Water bottle: approx 2 litres (no energy drinks, milkshakes or fizzy pop)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Appropriate walking trousers/shorts/leggings for the weather.
  • Walking top/base layer; made from synthetic, man made material (polyester, nylon etc). This type of material removes sweat away from your skin keeping you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather
  • Appropriate outdoor shoes (sturdy trainers, walking shoes or walking boots are compulsory – no open toe sandals, canvas shoes or sliders)
  • Sun hat/Sun cream
  • Medication

For further information or questions please email your child’s crew leader.

Thanks!

Crew Tomlinson Bike-a-thon

Crew Tomlinson are really excited to be completing their first charity fundraiser next Monday. We have set ourselves a massive challenge of trying to bike coast to coast in a day (on an exercise bike!) We particularly wanted to complete a physical activity due to our crew taken our name from Jane Tomlinson. We are wanting to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to help them carry on helping so many families. The just giving page is linked below if anyone can sponsor anything it would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks so much for the people who have already donated. We will update you with how we do!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crewtomlinson?experiments=donate_now_track_click&successType=StaticDonateButtonClick#eyJkb25hdGlvbklkIjoiMTA5MTE0MjMxNyIsImN1cnJlbmN5Q29kZSI6IkdCUCIsImRvbmF0aW9uVmFsdWUiOiIzIn0=

Crew Blessed’s Sports Day 2022

Our day began with our Crew Mascot design. First job was to do some research about Brian Blessed who has many achievements and is known for a variety of things.

Our research led us to see that Brian Blessed is the voice of Grampy Rabbit from Peppa Pig.

With our rabbit design agreed, Cain and Mollie began drafting some ideas.

From here Lucy started to develop our mascot further.

And here he is… the Blessed Bunny!

Quiz time next…

That’s it for this morning. Onto football and Athletics this afternoon.

C24 – And now we’re checked out!

What an absolutely amazing final week for our Y11s. After their last exam on Monday, we weren’t quite ready to let them go, so we planned a week of activities to send them off with a bang!

Final Word

Before you read the highlights from our final week we would just like to offer a massive appreciation to all the parents, grandparents, staff and friends who have supported our students’ Final Word presentations.  It’s been a humbling experience to hear how their time at XP/XPE has prepared them for the future, be that through crew, expeditionary learning, the character traits or through the friendships they have made here.

There is no doubt in our minds that our young people will succeed in whatever they decide to do over the next few years.

Malham Cove

On Tuesday, we went back to where it all began for our crews: Malham Cove. We trudged up 400 steps that could make or break crew and ended up at the top of the Cove together.  We spent some time reminiscing about the last time we visited and everything that has happened in Crew since then.  We spent some time remembering those crew members who are no longer with us. We spent some time just enjoying being with our crews, without the pressure of revision and exams!  Then, who would support crew by helping them across the wobbly stepping stones? We witnessed some really lovely examples of crew helping crew one last time – although I’m not sure which character traits were being displayed during the water fights (definitely not respect!)

Celebration Evening

Thursday night was our chance to celebrate C24 and all their achievements.  To say it was emotional would be an understatement, especially when Mr Portman played the video posted above.  It gave us all a bit of a jolt to see how they’ve grown physically (obvs!) and also in character. I’m sure every single person in the room felt an immense sense of pride that comes with knowing that our students aren’t just going to leave with whatever academic grades they get; they are leaving as kind, considerate, compassionate, beautiful human beings.

We crewed up one last time and handed out our Crew Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Crew Member Award, as voted by fellow crew members. Massive well done to:

XPE:

Crew Churchill: Arandeep Kaur

Crew Finch: Noah Nixon

Crew Mandela: Alfie Close

Crew Young: Summer Cunningham

XP:

Crew Hawking: Max Danby

Crew King: Kai Hall

Crew Macmillan: Frankie Booth

Crew Webb: Kyra Hazel

Alton Towers

Our last day together was spent at Alton Towers. Some of us enjoyed the rides; some of us enjoyed a gentle stroll around the gardens; some of us rocked a poncho in the rain! 😉

C24’s Final Word

As we approach the end of the year, and our wonderful Y11s prepare to leave XP, they are about to take on one final challenge – their Final Word presentations!

During these presentations, students will aim to provide an answer to their final guiding question: How has my time at XP or XPE shaped me as a person, and a learner?

Y11 Crew Leaders will be sending out invitations for students to sign up to a Final Word appointment time – please do look out for these. These appointments will be available between Wednesday, 29th June, through to Friday, 8th July – but may differ depending on Crew Leaders’ schedules.

We are hoping these presentations will be a magnificent end to their efforts in GCSE exams – which have been really challenging! Students have worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to prepare for their Final Word presentations – we’re just not sure we’re ready!!!

Staff – please also keep an eye on your inboxes as I’m sure some invites will arrive!

Crew Blessed Cracking On!

It’s been a busy start to this half term for Crew Blessed with expeditions in full flow and final products / Presentation of Learnings firmly in everyone’s mind.

Future Year 7’s (current Year 6’s) have been having a look around their new school over the last few weeks and our students have been leading the tours. Kolby did an amazing job as an ambassador, explaining what we do and how we do it.

Great job Kolby!

It is also a really busy time for fieldwork, supporting the expedition learning. Students were having a final briefing this morning before setting off to Derbyshire.

There’s no slowing down because of the heat for Crew Blessed. Full steam ahead towards the end of this expedition and this school year! Keep up the great work Crew!

C24/Y11 Final Week

C24’s Final week is very nearly upon us!!

Next week we have lots to look forward to – fieldwork to Malham Cove on Tuesday 28th June – Students need to be at school between 7:30am and 7:45 am. You’ll find more information here.

On Thursday 30th June, we invite Y11 students, staff, and parent’s/carers to our C24 celebration evening, taking place from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

 

On Friday, we have saved the best until last! C24 will be heading to Alton Towers to get their adrenaline pumping after a difficult exam period. This is now LIVE on ParentPay.

 

As always, if you have any questions please contact Miss Cocliff or Mrs Parker, or your child’s Crew Leader.

 

Miss C & Mrs P x

C24 (Y11) Leavers Hoodies!

We have managed to secure a supplier for C24’s leavers hoodies!

They will look similar to the one below – but our hoodies will be black, with orange writing (XP) and Blue writing (XPE).

Leavers’ hoodies will be £15 each and they are available to pre-order on ParentPay. We need orders by 4pm Thursday, 16th June please – we know this is a very tight turnaround, but this gives the supplier the time to make and deliver hoodies to us before July 1st.

Sizing is as follows:

XS – to fit chest size 34″

S – to fit chest size 36″

M – to fit chest size 40″

L – to fit chest size 44″

XL – to fit chest size 48″

XXL – to fit chest size 52″

XXXL – to fit chest size 56″

4XL – to fit chest size 60″

5XL – to fit chest size 62″


Please make a note on the notes section of ParentPay for the size you require. Please note that orders cannot be made after Thursday 16th, and no hoodies will be ordered without payment in advance.

Miss Cocliff & Mrs Parker x

X26 ‘Hold Back The River’ Peak District Fieldwork

Year 9’s current expedition ‘Hold Back the River’ has the guiding question, ‘how does water shape our world?’ 

During this expedition, our geography content is focusing on river characteristics from source to mouth, river processes, formation of landforms as well as the cause, impacts and responses of flooding. As part of this, we are applying the theory of river processes and characteristics to the field. 

On Tuesday 21st June, students will visit Edale in the Peak District, they will work together to collect data regarding the width, depth, velocity and load of rivers. We will also be capturing the beauty of a river by completing artwork.  This data collection will allow us to accept or reject our hypothesis once we have analysed our data in our maths lessons. 

Students will need to arrive at school no later than 8:15am so that the register and kit check can be completed before leaving school.

3 Peak District waterfall walks not to miss

It is also essential that all students bring all of the kit on the KIT LIST so that they are fully prepared for the fieldwork; this includes a packed lunch and water to drink. Students will need to ensure they have suitable walking boots/trainers as well as wellies or a pair of trainers they can get wet – we’ll be going in the river to collect the data!  If there are any problems in getting the appropriate kit before this, please email your child’s Crew Leader. 

Students will be returning to school for 3:15pm (if traffic allows). Please ensure that you complete the ‘Medical Form’ which will be given to students this week and return it to Crew Leaders/expedition teachers as soon as possible.

Many thanks in advance for your support with this!

Link to KIT LIST

Crew Kahlo at the end of Year 9

As they are coming to the end of Year 9, crew has been reflecting on their year. When thinking about their journey throughout the year, here are some of their highlights.

They have been looking at their HoWLs and AP grades from the last data drop. They have then made pledges each week to focus on small changes they can make to try and improve. Crew holds each other to account during this process, discussing whether they think they have been successful in achieving their pledges.

They have finished their second expedition of the year called ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ by creating beautiful work. They looked at Islamic tiles and then used rotational symmetry to design their own patterns to paint with acrylic paint.

Here are some examples from Crew Kahlo:

 

Crew also chose their options for ‘Leading Our Own Learning’ that they will be studying next year. The crew has picked a range of options such as Engineering, Citizenship, Psychology, Further maths, ICT / Computing as well as some members of the crew decided to take up the opportunity to join the ‘pushing for 4’ group that will support them with Maths, English, and Science leading up to their exams.

They cant really believe that they are coming to the end of Year 9 and going into Year 10!

Crew Tomlinson on Time

Over the last few weeks crew have recently worked really hard on making sure they are at school on time in a morning. We have understood the importance of making sure we are on time and the impacts it can have if not on time. A particular well done to Danny and Mollie whose punctuality has massively improved.

Crew have also looked recently looked through praises over the last few weeks with some members of crew having a fantastic number of praises from sessions some examples of praise is for students reading a part in Macbeth, producing beautiful work in Art and fantastic effort in Spanish.

It’s great to see the hard work of crew! Keep it up everyone.