Road Closure w/c 12th March 2018

Dear parent / carer / visitor,

We have received the below notice from Yorkshire Water regarding the closure of Gliwice Way, near the Dome and Vue complex, which will start week beginning 12th March 2018.

The closure will take place for 10 weeks and will affect travel to and from XP and XP East, including the regular bus routes.

There is a map of the diversion below. Buses will also follow the diversion during this time.

Please give enough time to travel to and from XP and XP East during this period.

Thank you.

Student-Led “Dodge-ball” in Crew 7DPE

Monday 19th Feb – We checked in, by sharing with each other what we had been up to over the weekend. Over the weekend Maclaren was awarded yet another medal for his Tae-kwondo!

Tuesday 20th Feb – Louie and George led a fun, physically active session in the drama studio, and set the standard for future student-led activities in Crew. We all got involved in Dodge-ball and raised our pulse rate for around 30 minutes. Thanks you two – we really appreciated your session.

Wednesday 21st Feb – Whilst our Crew leader worked with a few students to refine their Final Product animations, we joined Mr Smith’s Crew for more physical activity.

 Thursday 22nd Feb – The Accelerated Reader programme requires us to commit one Crew session per week to quiet reading in order to raise our literacy levels.

Friday 23rd Feb – Our whole school Community Meeting provides a weekly opportunity to give apologies and pledges, share appreciations and make stands for things that we feel strongly about. XP East usually holds a further school-specific Community Meeting in the afternoon.


Linking our HUMS “anchor text” to Spanish

TKAMB in Spanish sessions!

Last week our C24 students used technology to create and describe facial features in Spanish using a series of composite faces that they had created on a specialist language learning website.

This week they developed their responses to include details such as physical build, height and personality. Before returning to their original composite faces they applied this new knowledge to describe Atticus, Scout and Jem Finch – three key characters in their current anchor text “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Stand up! when you can describe others’ faces, build and character in Spanish!

School Photographs – Thursday 15th March

School photographs will take place on Thursday 15th March (the first Thursday back after half term). We will be using Tempest – the same company we used last year.

They will take individual pictures of all students with samples being given to students to take home on the same day. All siblings (just those within XP & XP East), Crew and whole school photographs will also be taken.

You can then choose from a variety of packages and formats for your photos through their website. All details of which will be provided with the sample print.

The writer at work

Absolutely love this picture of Raven, who has spent the past few Monday lunchtimes writing, editing and perfecting his story for the 500 Words competition – one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children aged 8-13.

Fingers crossed his paranormal tale will make it to the final. It’s certainly had me gripped!



Student-Led Crew: Rhys and Theone


Thank you for a great crew session focusing on Craftsmanship and Quality in art and music!

Ben says he showed this character trait by choosing certain sounds he liked on the piano and playing them in a tuneful way.

Ruby says thinking about craftsmanship and quality helped her to take care with her drawing.

Kaiden says it helped him improve his sketching techniques which he has been working on in X Block sessions.

Lewis says the crew session helped him have a go on a different instrument – he usually likes to play the piano but today he had a go on the drums!

Well done, Rhys and Theone!

Student-Led Crew – Lewis and Ruby

Today’s Crew session was led by Ruby and Lewis who focused on the theme of Compassion.

We were given a tub of sweets, some of which we liked, some of which we didn’t and some which we were unable to eat.

We showed compassion by sharing and trading our different sweets.

What a great way to start our week!

Voluntary Extended Study

It was great to see 15 of our students in voluntary Extended Study today!

As you may be aware, our expedition in STEM is entitled ‘Chefistry‘, and students are busy finalising their work for the forthcoming Celebration of Learning on Wednesday 21st February 17:00-18:30 for 7 Pioneer, and Thursday 22nd February 17:00-18.30 for 7 Explorer.

Remember, students may attend Extended Study as a place to complete their homework, or work on anything that will help to improve their learning. It is open Monday to Thursday until 4:30pm.


XP East parents, we need your help !



As part of our Chefistry expedition we are working in X Block learning how long it takes to cook the perfect boiled egg. We have a shortage of egg cups and need them to help with work over the next 2 weeks. If you have spare one or more we could borrow please send them in with your son or daughter by Monday 12th February.We will return them on the last day of term (23.02.18). Many thanks the STEAM team.