Praise and reflection for Crew Rosa Parks.

Even though Crew have not had the beginning to the new school year that they had hoped for, I have been so proud of the strength of character and resilience they have shown in adapting to working from home again. I want to praise their enthusiasm and 100% attendance  even with the wifi issues some have experienced.

Crew are also working really hard on Passage Presentation, where they have been reflecting on their journey so far at XP. It has been lovely to remind ourselves of some of their wonderful experiences in Crew over the two and a half years and to look back at photos and work.

The photos and reflections show just how quickly time goes by, how far they have come and how much they have grown and matured.

I enjoyed reminiscing with them.

I hope you enjoy the photos from when times were very different for them and us.





Work hard, Get smart and Be kind

Crew Piper have made a great start back during these strange times.  Attendance to lessons and input into sessions has been very positive, well done.

We have been working hard as a crew  looking at our passage presentation and reflecting on the last 2 1/2 years at XP.

I would like to say thank you to the students who have been helping others out in crew and to the other crews for also supporting.

We all as a crew are demonstrating the XP HOWLS


Students have also been completing some beautiful work in lessons. Here is some work from a student from their Spanish lesson. Well done, keep it up.


If we all work together as a team we can overcome anything.


From Crew Piper

Crew Tomlinson – New year, Great start!

Last week Crew made a fantastic start to 2021. It was always going to be different with working from home however crew have started the year absolutely flying. Crew have had fantastic attendance and made brilliant contributions on hangouts.

Last week we had a check in looking at any new years resolutions people had, which included more exercise, eating healthier and becoming more organised.

Fran also shared a lovely picture of her cute dog who joined her family over the Christmas period, who I think it gorgeous!


Crew are also working hard on their passage preparation- reflecting over the last 2 1/2 years they have studied at XP. Crew are working really hard, particularly well done to Fran and Nada who have made some great progress on their script over the last week. Remember crew the hard work will pay off.


Looking forward to seeing what great work you produce this week and again a massive Well done with all your efforts in this challenging time.

Mrs Burnitt


X25 Y9 Bubble Closure Timetable

Following the closure of our Y9/X25 bubble, we will now move to an online educational provision as shown below – this has proved to be highly effective in supporting students in other year bubble closures as engagement rates have regularly been above 95%.

Here is our protocol for online learning:

  • all Crew sessions and lessons will take place LIVE via Google Hangout and the timetable is highlighted below.
  • students will receive input from teachers and have time to complete activities on Google Classroom.
  • students are registered in Crew (8.30am), at the beginning of the morning session (9.15am) and afternoon session (1.15pm).
  • all students are expected to join each session.  If a student is absent, Crew Leaders will contact home to ascertain the reason why. If a student is unable to join a session, for example, they are unwell, we ask parents to please contact the office.
  • Crew Leaders and Expedition teachers will send Google Hangout invitations to their classes.
  • invites for live sessions will be sent through email.


3 words that sum up our week

PROUD– Proud of my crew for the amazing efforts during their isolation and the fantastic pieces of work they produced at home. They have had a fab first week back, I am one proud crew leader.

PIPER– Our crew and they are just amazing.


PASSAGE– It has been a few weeks of reflecting on the last 2.5 years at XP and the journey we have been on as a crew. It has been lovely to hear what students did and how they felt in year 7, 8 and the start of year 9. Here they are working hard and looking through their portfolios of beautiful work. I know we are going to have some really strong presentations and I am excited to hear them all.

RSPCA Virtual Expert

Just before crew Stan Lee went into insolation we had a google hangout with Clair Tucker who is the fundraising coordinator for the RSPCA which is our chosen charity.

Clair was a wealth of knowledge who spoke about how the RSPCA was formed and how more than ever there is a need for the shelter.

Covid 19 has been decremental to charities as they haven’t been able to do their usual fundraising and so crew Stan Lee want to help.

Crew are looking for donations of dog and cat toys which we could deliver for Christmas. Please donate if you can.

Mrs Pulham

Crew Tomlinson- Working From Home

Crew Tomlinson have had the challenge of working from home for the past two weeks and I have to say as their crew leader I have been so pleased with the hard work and organisation they have shown. The participation in hangouts (both for crew and lessons) have been fantastic, which will really help crew when we are back in school next week to continue with their expeditions!

We have also had two crew birthdays in this period, which crew sang Happy Birthday ‘perfectly’ to Dec last week and Danny today (which I think both students really enjoyed…well maybe not my singing)!

Crew have also spent Wednesday afternoons and some of the morning crew sessions to carry on preparing for their Passage Presentation. I have mentioned to crew the importance of preparing for this and how they need to be organising their time to make sure they are ready for it. Some crew members have worked exceptionally hard on their presentation using their time wisely and already starting to have a fantastic structure. Other crew members need to make sure they are using the time in the best way they can and make sure they are getting on target for their script to be completed.

I really can’t wait for crew to be back in school on Tuesday, it will be great to see you all again!

Again well done for your fantastic efforts over the last 2 weeks at home crew and hope you have a fantastic birthday Danny!

Mrs Burnitt


This Friday Crew continues with their first aid for Duke of Edinburgh. Crew looked at what to do when someone is having a diabetic emergency. Crew also independently researched possible causes and treatments of type 1 and 2 diabetes. Crew showed great maturity in group discussions and are well on their way to be trained first aiders. Great work this week everyone!

Mrs Burnitt and Mrs Pulham

Crew Charity

During the last couple of weeks Crew Stan Lee have been looking at which local charity we would like to support.

After lots of discussion we have decided on the RSPCA who work tirelessly to protect animals in danger of neglect.

Crew Stan Lee showed great compassion towards animals on recent fieldwork, where Yr 9 were introduced to lots of different species including a legless lizard which looks like this.


Crew will even have an expert joining us from the RSPCA in November to discuss the important work they do to protect innocent animals.

WE ARE REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR CREW CHARITY and appreciate any help our community can provide.

Please look out for our fundraising events.