Closure of X26/Y8 year bubble

Due to the amount of Y8/X26 students and staff who are isolating at XP, we have made the very difficult decision to close the year bubble until further notice.

As you will be aware, we have recently had 2 positive cases of Covid19 in the year group, and this has led to a large number of students having to isolate themselves. In addition to this, we also have a high number of Y8/X26 staff (and other staff at school) who are also isolating and this is significantly affecting our provision in school.

As of Thursday 8th July, all Y8/X26 students should access online lessons at home beginning with Crew as normal at 8:30am. The timetable will be explained by Crew Leaders during Crew, and invites for online lessons will be emailed out to students.

We know that this decision will be upsetting for those students who could attend school, but the current circumstances mean that we are unable to offer our normal provision.

Only those students who have been identified as contacts need to isolate – all relevant parents have been contacted.

Please find the online provision timetable below.

C27 New Year 8’s August 2021

We are pleased to announce and confirm that, after long and difficult discussions with the Outward Bound team, Year 8 (C27) will be finally attending an Outward Bound experience in the first weeks back next term. As the Outward Bound Centres are not at full capacity, due to COVID restrictions, and staffing the centres is difficult in the current climate it has meant that they can only offer us very limited access at the start of next term and beyond. Therefore, the proposal is that the arrangements change slightly for Year 8 at the start of next term to ensure they have an Outward Bound experience as follows:

 

    • Year 8 XP will visit the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey Wales on  (Tuesday August 31 to Friday September 3, 2021)
    • Year 8 XPE will attend school as normal in the first week back which will focus on crew activities.
  • Year 8 XPE will then visit the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater on the second week back (Monday 6 September to Thursday 9 September)
  • Year 8 XP will resume normal lessons in the second week back (Monday 6 September to Thursday 9 September)

 

Whilst the changing of dates does cause some difficulties for us logistically in school, we are committed to overcoming them to ensure that Year 8, after a year long, pandemic disrupted wait can finally enjoy an Outwards Bound experience in their crews!

 

Further details will follow before the end of term.

 

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these difficult and unprecedented times.

 

In crew

 

Andy Sprakes

It is with regret that we have to inform parents and students in our new Year 7 (C28) next year that the Outward Bound experience to Aberdovey in Wales has been postponed. I know this will be disappointing but the decision has been taken out of our hands. We have been in ongoing discussions with the Outward Bound Trust and have explored numerous options but as the Outward Bound Centres are not at full capacity, due to COVID restrictions, and staffing the centres is difficult in the current climate this means they can only offer us very limited access at the start of next term.

Visiting Outward Bound and exploring the idea of crew is very important to establishing a positive culture at our schools. As such we are determined to ensure that at some point in the next school year, probably in the spring/summer term, we will be able to reschedule this most important experience. 

On a positive note, even though we are not visiting an Outward Bound Centre at the start of the year, staff have already been working hard on an alternative experience for students in the first week back which will involve challenges and opportunities for students to build strong bonds and positive relationships in their crew and their year group. Further details regarding the first week back will follow before the end of term.

Finally, whilst the new school year won’t start as we would have hoped and expected, we are still looking forward to seeing you at the start of next term as you make the first steps in your exciting journey at XP and XP East.

With my very best wishes

Andy Sprakes

Please note that on the last day of this term, Friday 16th July 2021, the school will be closing for all students at 1:30pm after Crew. This is for staff to prepare for the new term. There will not be any provision for students to stay after this time so all students need to be collected or have left the school.

Many thanks

XP Office

Please note that on the last day of this term, Friday 16th July 2021, the school will be closing for all students at 1:30pm after Crew. This is for staff to prepare for the new term. There will not be any provision for students to stay after this time so all students need to be collected or have left the school.

Many thanks

XP Office

Student Medication Consent and update.

After the summer break and the first week back to school (Wednesday 1st September), the students will be having specific Year group activities.  To ensure students are supported correctly and staff can manage and care for medical conditions the attached Google Form is requested to be filled in by those parents of students with medical conditions especially if students take their medication at school.

Please ensure Inhalers, Epi-pens and other prescribed medications are sent into school with the child’s name and expiry date clearly visible. 

The Google form is required to be filled in and then press send.  This then gives staff consent to administer medication and for it to be kept on school premises. 

Sports day cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel Sports day on Friday 9th July. Therefore lessons will run as normal. Hopefully we will be able to run sports day in the next academic year.

Students please can you still bring a packed lunch for the day.

Any questions please ask crew leaders.

Thanks Team PE