Sharing Our Stories: 25/11/2022

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Darcy Rose’s debut single!

We are very proud to announce the release of Darcy from X27’s first single and I’ve been told there will be another release in just 10 days time – this release also includes artwork by Elizabeth in X27.

We look forward to watching the development and progress of Darcy. Watch this space!

XP University’s first Presentation of Learning

Last week, our first cohort of Staff have completed one of the first ever XPU courses – an Expedition Slice with the guiding question ‘Whose responsibility is poverty in our city and how can our community be part of the solution?‘. You can watch their Presentation of Learning here…

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Girls Football Tournament @ Carcroft

Beautiful Work from Arlo and William @ XP Gateshead

Sumdog Crew Competitions @ Norton Juniors

Feed the Birds – XP Outdoors @ XP

Our Student Ambassadors @ Plover

Dancing the afternoon away… @ Norton Infants

Crew White @ XP East

Our Week in Nursery @ Green Top

Sharing our Stories: 18/11/2022


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Welcoming our international visitors – Chris Dolgos

We welcome delegates to the Trust and our schools, from all over the world. 

Already this academic year we’ve greeted and shared our work and ethos with people from India, Denmark, Australia, Scotland and the United States.

We have had a wonderful and inspiring relationship with EL Education in the US for many years now. One of their schools, High Tech HIgh, was one of the catalysts for the creation of XP.

Last week Chris Dolgos from Genesee Community Charter School, Rochester, New York, spent time in Plover, Green Top, XP, XPE and XPG – as well as experiencing a tour of work from all our schools in Doncaster City Centre.

Chris enjoyed his visits and it was a joy for us to spend time with him. He tweeted about his experience – please come back and see us soon! 

XP University’s first Presentation of Learning

This week, our first cohort of Staff have completed one of the first ever XPU courses – an Expedition Slice with the guiding question ‘Whose responsibility is poverty in our city and how can our community be part of the solution?‘.

Staff from across the Trust presented their learning and made pledges about their engagement with Expeditions going forward.

‘As a learning coach, I pledge to work hard to ensure that children understand how their daily tasks connect to their expedition and their guiding question, not only to ensure they are understanding the lesson or tasks in isolation.’

Bella

‘I pledge to use my new knowledge of expedition to further challenge and support the curriculum offer at Norton.’

Andrea

For their Final Product, they looked at ‘Cooking on a Bootstrap’ by Jack Monroe and developed recipes to create affordable meals for families to make together.

You can view this recipe collection here!

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We Love Outdoor Learning @ Carcroft

Maths Week at XPG – Beautiful Work from all our students @ XP Gateshead

NJS Remembers @ Norton Juniors

Crew Pasteur Wise Wednesday @ XP

Dodgeball Tournament @ Plover

Thoughtful Thursday @ Norton Infants

C25: What a week! @ XP East

Year 5/6 Science Lecture at Trinity @ Green Top

Sharing our Stories: 11/11/2022

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‘Are We Really Free To Choose’ – Book Launch at D31 Gallery

In September 2021, students in Year 10 at XP and XP East School in Doncaster embarked on a joint Human and STEAM learning expedition which endeavoured to answer the guiding question ‘Are we really free to choose?’.

The work from this Expedition is currently being featured in a brand new art exhibition at the D31 Gallery in Doncaster. Last Saturday, students launched this Exhibition with families, friends and members of the public present – they read selected poems from their book and talked about their beautiful work.

EYFS Beach Day Celebration!

Year One are Actors!

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Keeping our community clean @ Carcroft

Beautiful sporting work from Harris, Arlo, Drew, Elyse, Ethan and Winnie too! @ XP Gateshead

Chance To Dance @ Norton Juniors

C28 Working Hard and Getting Smart in HUMS @ XP

Our Visitor from NYC @ Plover

Building Bear Caves @ Norton Infants

Brain Food with Crew Obama @ XP East

Reception Marvellous Maths! @ Green Top

Sharing our Stories: 04/11/2022

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Plover Pantry

Inspired by the rising cost of living and the ongoing pressures families of the Plover community face, Plover Pantry was launched.  With the support of the national charity FareShare, Plover is able to access a range of dried foods on a weekly basis from local food suppliers.  

Every week, the Plover wellbeing team organise the foods delivered before opening up this foodbank to our parents and carers.  Not only are the foodstuffs available appreciated, it also serves as a great opportunity to socialise with other families. Any voluntary donations made at the Plover Pantry are used to fund additional food items.

As part of an Expedition Slice ‘Nothing about us without us’ at XP University, Staff from across the XP Trust have raised money and created a product to support the work that the Pantry are doing. As a crew, they put together a week’s worth of recipes and gathered the ingredients needed to provide for a family for a week.

This week, they went to ASDA in Doncaster to put together their food parcels – ready to take across to Plover for their Pantry day. A huge thank you to the staff and managers for supporting us with our shopping lists!

Plover have also recently started to offer second hand uniform for those who need it. All the funds raised for the Plover Pantry will go towards the ongoing running of the foodbank.

‘I’m proud that Plover School is able to offer this support to our community – especially during these difficult times.’

Jayne Ogle, Head of Plover School

It was 7 years ago Today…

We first set foot in the XP building for the first time – oh, how the time flies!

‘Are We Really Free To Choose’ – Book Launch at D31 Gallery

In September 2021, students in Year 10 at XP and XP East School in Doncaster embarked on a joint Human and STEAM learning expedition which endeavoured to answer the guiding question ‘Are we really free to choose?’.

The beautiful work from this Expedition will be featured in a brand new art exhibition at the D31 Gallery in Doncaster. The Exhibition opens on Saturday 5th November at 5-7pm and the general public, parents and their children are invited to join us to celebrate the opening of the collection.

As part of the evening, there will be poetry readings from the book and original artwork prints from the book will be on display. Light refreshments with be available. 

Come and join us at D31 this Saturday to celebrate the launch of this beautiful book! 

Booking is essential – please follow this link to find out more and secure your place.

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Thank you to Doncaster Stories! @ Plover

Crew Gerrard Litter Picking! @ Carcroft

Class 8 Family Learning @ Green Top

It’s been a strange first day back… @ Norton Infants

Mathematicians in the making! @ Norton Juniors

Year 7 Expert Visit: Historian; Professor Natalie Thomlinson @ XP

Donde Quiera Que Vayas @ XP East

Parents Update @ XP Gateshead

Sharing our Stories: 14/10/22

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XP Doncaster Student Showcase

This week, XP Doncaster hosted their first ever Student Showcase for students in Year 5 and 6 across the City. This student-led event was an opportunity for prospective students to come and learn about XP’s culture and the way we learn!

We had an excellent turnout and it was great to see students telling the story of their school to encourage younger pupils to come to XP!

C29 Outward Bound Reflections

Visitors from Scotland

This week we welcomed visitors from schools in Aberdeenshire and our friends from the Wood Foundation! They spent two days with us working on their own Expedition, chatting to our Expert students and creating content for a beautiful book that will soon be published!

Thank you for coming to see us!

Mr Sprakes raising money for Plover Pantry

Plover Pantry has been put in place to help our families, especially with the rising cost of living.
Mr Sprakes, XP Trust’s Chief Academic Officer, is running the Worksop Half Marathon to raise funds for this much-needed cause.

Any donations will go towards restocking the pantry, and our families will greatly appreciate it.

Find out more and donate here!

Apply for your Nursery Place at XP Trust

Start your child’s learning journey at one of our Primary Schools and apply for a Nursery place today!

You can apply for a place through the Local Authority here…

www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions

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If you’d like to find out more or arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

Plover: 01302 361450

Norton Infants: 01302 700743

Carcroft: 01302 722353

Green Top: 01405 813181

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Hockey at Hall Cross @ Plover

School Trip Day! @ Carcroft

Class 9 Practical Maths @ Green Top

Thoughtful Thursday @ Norton Infants

Conclusion of the Space Story Saga! @ Norton Juniors

Crew Kahlo putting the hours in at home @ XP

XPD Outdoors – Hits the ground running @ XP East

Sharing our Stories: 07/10/22

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Beautiful Work Curation at XP Gateshead

An interview with our CDO, Gwyn ap Harri in Schools Week!

Awesome things are happening at Green Top!

Take a look at these recent stories from Green Top!

Apply for your Nursery Place at XP Trust

Start your child’s learning journey at one of our Primary Schools and apply for a Nursery place today!

You can apply for a place through the Local Authority here…

www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions

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If you’d like to find out more or arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

Plover: 01302 361450

Norton Infants: 01302 700743

Carcroft: 01302 722353

Green Top: 01405 813181

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Pride of Plover @ Plover

Crew Ferguson Autumn Scavenger Hunt @ Carcroft

Crew Ambler Family Learning @ Green Top

Looking into the past @ Norton Infants

Factors of numbers @ Norton Juniors

C29 Experts – CMFCB @ XP

Y8 Football enters the National stage @ XP East

Sharing our Stories: 30/09/22


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XP Festival of Learning

Awesome things are happening at Norton Infants!

Take a look at these recent stories from Norton Infants!

Apply for your Nursery Place at XP Trust

Start your child’s learning journey at one of our Primary Schools and apply for a Nursery place today!

You can apply for a place through the Local Authority here…

www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions

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If you’d like to find out more or arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

Plover: 01302 361450

Norton Infants: 01302 700743

Carcroft: 01302 722353

Green Top: 01405 813181

We’re looking for Teachers and Learning Coaches at XP Trust!

You can apply here and #JoinOurCrew!

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Making numbers @ Plover

Enjoying tomatoes in Crew Nursery @ Carcroft

Crew Ambler Family Learning @ Green Top

Another great week in Class One! @ Norton Infants

Actors in the making @ Norton Juniors

Extra curricular clubs at XPG @ XP Gateshead

Lord Blunkett Visit @ XP

Crew Marx always having each others back @ XP East

Sharing our Stories: 16/09/2022

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Visitors from Miri Piri…

This week we’ve had the joy of hosting three visitors from Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Kiran, Japjeet and Prem visited XP, XPE and Green Top schools – as well as enjoying a tour of all our students’ beautiful work on display in Doncaster.

Our guests also had the opportunity to see more of our City with a trip to view landmarks and villages around the Borough, including Conisbrough castle.

We love welcoming visitors from all over the world to our schools and sharing moments like this – meeting up with the awesome Plover elephant in the Frenchgate Centre!

Awesome things are happening at Carcroft!

Take a look at these recent stories from Carcroft School – beautiful Expedition work and a new playground for EYFS!

Apply for your Nursery Place at XP Trust

Start your child’s learning journey at one of our Primary Schools and apply for a Nursery place today!

You can apply for a place through the Local Authority here…

www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions

If you’d like to find out more or arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

Plover: 01302 361450

Norton Infants: 01302 700743

Carcroft: 01302 722353

Green Top: 01405 813181

We’re looking for Primary Teachers at XP Trust!

There is the opportunity of a lifetime to teach in our extraordinary schools, Green Top and Norton Junior School! 

You can apply here and #JoinOurCrew!

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Amazing Maths @ Plover

Hockey – Crew Shields @ Carcroft

Castle research and building @ Green Top

Hook Week in Class 4 @ Norton Infants

Striking Silhouettes @ Norton Juniors

Beautiful artwork from G29 @ XP Gateshead

Beautiful artwork in Y8 Admiral @ XP

Praising E27 GCSE Spanish students @ XP East

Sharing our Stories: 09/09/2022

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XP Gateshead – the most oversubscribed school in the North East!

This week, the Gateshead Chronicle shared the story that XP Gateshead had 2.4 first preference applications for each of the 48 places offered – with 115 parents in total picking it as a first choice, making XPG the most oversubscribed school in the North East just one year after opening!

We asked students from Year 7 and 8 what they think makes their school great…

C28 ‘Being Human’ Immersion – Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Awesome things are happening at Plover!

Take a look at these recent stories from Plover School – beautiful family learning and a trip to London!

Apply for your Nursery Place at XP Trust

Start your child’s learning journey at one of our Primary Schools and apply for a Nursery place today!

You can apply for a place through the Local Authority here…

www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions

If you’d like to find out more or arrange a visit, please contact the school directly.

Plover: 01302 361450

Norton Infants: 01302 700743

Carcroft: 01302 722353

Green Top: 01405 813181

‘Dear World’ – an update!

The Children of XP Trust are proud to announce that their Charity Single donations will be pledged towards the WildLife Foundation‘s Big Give!

In the Spring of 2022, Year 3 and 4 Pupils from Norton Junior School, Carcroft Primary School, Green Top School and Plover School studied a cross-curricular expedition, ‘What a Wonderful World’ looking to answer the guiding question, ‘Why should we protect our beautiful planet?’

During the Expedition, the students wrote and recorded this beautiful song to raise money for their chosen charity, the WildLife Foundation.

There is no better way to sum up the beauty of the work the students have created than with lyrics from the song created by them… ‘there is no Planet B.’

You can Download the song and make a donation here! https://childrenofxptrust.bandcamp.com/album/dear-world

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Phase of the Moon @ Plover

LKS2 Family Learning @ Carcroft

Crew Knowles: WW2 Memories @ Green Top

Hook Week @ Norton Infants

Year 3 Community Games Afternoon @ Norton Juniors

Weekly update for parents @ XP Gateshead

C29 Visit to National Coal Mining Museum @ XP

Crew Malala Learn to Work Together @ XP East

Sharing our Stories: 02/09/2022

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Outward Bound – XP, XP East and XP Gateshead

This week C29, C28 and G29 have been building Crew on Outward Bound in Aberdovey and Ullswater. Here are some highlights from all of the trips…

You can follow these Hashtags to see the full story from the week…

#G29 Ullswater

#C28Ullswater

#C29Aberdovey

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COL – Where do we belong? @ Plover

National Space Centre @ Carcroft

Crew Pearson/Hilton – amazing team building fun! @ Green Top

Building relationships in Crew @ Norton Infants

Eden Camp Excitement @ Norton Juniors