I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Post-16 information evening for X22 students and their families.
Rescheduled: This will now take place in XP East on Thursday 7th November from 5 pm.
The evening will give students and families an opportunity to hear from students and staff in the Post-16 team about our offer in terms of academic studies, our partners in the Internship Academy programme and the exciting XP Diploma.
The XP Diploma combines qualifications, personal development, careers guidance and personalised pathways to prepare our students to be successful in the modern world. The programme is co-constructed by the student, parents and XP and is based around three central reflective questions:
1. What do I enjoy?
2. Who do I want to become?
3. Where do I want to go?
The Diploma is indicative of our determination to personalise the learning experience of students so that they are fully prepared to be successful in the modern world, which will be particularly pertinent to X22 students as they consider their next steps of study with XP whilst completing their work experience.
There will be additional open evenings during the course of the year, to which we will also invite external candidates for Post-16.
Two of our X21 Engineering students, Sonny and Junior were working hard today to help out a disabled Doncaster resident. We’d been asked to build some raised beds on her allotment and both boys showed great resilience and craftsmanship and quality as they went about their task. Assisted by Mr. Jackson and Mr. Green they had the job completed in one morning and we’re looking forward seeing the beds filled!
If anyone knows of any more volunteering opportunities we’d love to hear from you.
X21 have been working extremely hard in class and at home to prepare for their final exam. Though there are still a few weeks to go, just to let parents and carers know the dates for this final exam will be Monday 29th April – Wednesday 1st May. A timetable has been shared with students, so they already know their day and time. As discussed in class, students should be taking some time over the Easter break to revise ready for this.
Just a reminder about support sessions every Monday night for this, and that there will be an extra session on Wednesday 24th April after school as well; this will be their last chance to practise before the exams start. Good luck X21!
During May, X25-22 have a two-week break. As you know during this time there are examinations happening for Year 11 students.
All X21 students will need to attend school as usual for the whole of the week commencing Monday 20th May as there are examinations throughout this week.
In the following week, we are conscious that students will need a break and some time to do revision outside of school.
All X21 students will also be in school on Friday 31st May from 9.15am for exam preparation sessions.
It is not our intention to ask the whole cohort of X21 students into school in the rest of the week commencing 27th May. However there may be individual students for whom we put together bespoke support sessions in this week. Of course we will be mindful of the need for students to rest, and will contact families in good time if we identify a need following further assessments in the coming weeks.
Just a reminder that these sessions run until 4pm EVERY MONDAY; from now on they will focus on the skill of speaking ready for the final exam at the end of April, unless any students come with specific needs that we can also work on. All are welcome!
X21 students have recently completed their mock examinations.
We will be holding a mock results day at XP School Monday 4th February between 9.00am and 10.00am.
Students must arrive in school between these times to collect their results. During this time crew leaders and senior staff will be available to have informal discussions with students.
We encourage families to attend with their sons or daughters where possible. The purpose of the morning is not just to give students the results for their mocks, but also to give students an experience of what the results day in August will feel like.
Following the results day, we will invite each student and their family into school during the weeks commencing 11th and 18th February for a formal individual ‘results conference’.
In attendance at each student’s results conference will be their family, crew leader and other staff where appropriate. During this conference students will present their reflection on their results, identifying strengths and gaps in knowledge. Each student will then agree a set of targets and a plan with their crew leader and family. Crew leaders will also be able to direct parents and family members to workshops in the following week (see below).
In the week commencing 25th February, lead teachers for core subjects will be running workshops for parents and family members after school in the evening. In these workshops, parents and family members will be given specific advice on how to support their son or daughter. All family members are welcome at any of these workshops. However, during the results conferences in the prior weeks crew leaders will give advice on which specific workshops we would like families to attend.
Every Monday from 3.20 – 4.20 in X08 there will be a support session for any student wishing to attend, starting the first Monday back and running until Christmas. The sessions will focus on grammar and use of language, and each week’s content will be posted from now on using googleclassroom. During the first session we will revisit the present tense. All are welcome!
X21 Have been working hard on their VCERT exams last week but they also have three units of work from year 10 that must be completed. All students have something to work on still and the deadline for this is Wednesday 17th October. Details and guidance are on the Smart portfolio.
If students still have unfinished work after the deadline, they will be invited to attend a catch up session during the holiday.
The nature of this qualification means that if any section of the portfolio is not passed then the whole VCERT cannot be passed. Please ask students to show you the Creative Studies Tracker and encourage them to comment on it if they’ve recently completed work which hasn’t yet been graded.