A reminder that next week on Thursday 23rd May at 6pm we are hosting an in-school session for all families of Year 6 children who are joining us next academic year. Your children do not need to attend this meeting, but it is vital that all families attend.

Please confirm that you are attending by clicking this link.

This meeting will look in depth at:

  • Our iPad scheme
  • The Ullswater Outward Bound adventure in the first week of term

As we have discussed in our online family meetings, the first week of school is so important in terms of learning about Crew and bonding with new peers. This adventure is not optional, it is an integral part of the school experience so all children must attend Ullswater.

 

Year 6 Transition Timeline

Dear Year 6 Families

We are delighted to be able to announce the calendar of transition events that we have planned to welcome your children and your family into our community at XP Gateshead.

More details on each of these events will follow in due course, but here is an overview of the activities so that you can plan ahead and discuss this with your child.

Online Family Meetings

This week we will send details of how to sign up for an online family meeting. Meetings will be in the fortnight commencing 29th April. These take place via Google Meet during the evening and are with a senior leader in the school. The meetings are a first chance for us to meet you and your child, to find out about them and discuss our expectations as a school. Your meeting will last up to 30 minutes. We will send details of how to book an appointment to you on 16th April.

Primary School Visits

We aim to visit every child in their Primary School this term. This is done by members of our transition team and means that as well as seeing your child in an educational setting, they get to know another friendly face before they come to us.

In-Person Information Evening for parents/carers

We will be holding an In-Person Information Evening at our school on 23rd May at 6pm.

It is vital that all families attend as we will give important information about the Outward Bound course that takes place for all students at the start of Year 7 as well as our iPad scheme. In addition, we will address some of the misconceptions about our school so that families are completely clear on what we are: ‘A mainstream school with a relentless focus on beautiful work, character growth and academic success’, and also what we are not. There will be an opportunity for you to ask us questions too of course.

Transition Days at XP Gateshead

Your children will join us in school on Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July. Again more details of these days will follow in due course. Like a regular school day, students can arrive in school from 8:00am but need to be present by 8:25am. Our school day finishes at 3:15pm.

Your child will follow a typical day at XPG on both days which include some crew sessions, expedition sessions and a community meeting.

Meet your child’s Crew Leader

Following the transition days, on Tuesday 9th July we will invite parents and carers into school in the evening to meet your child’s new Crew Leader. We expect all families to attend this event. We are proud of the strong relationships that we form with families at XP Gateshead and this is an important opportunity for you to begin to build that relationship with the person that will be the key adult for your child when they start with us. As well as our cross-curricular learning expeditions, our pastoral structure Crew is what sets us apart from other schools.

We start school earlier than other schools in the local authority to allow for the Outward Bound experience. Our first day of term is Tuesday 27th August. More info on our term dates can be found by clicking here.

Information Gathering

A huge thanks to all of those families that have completed the Google Form to let us know about you and your child. Please can all families complete these forms as soon as possible.

New starter: Google Form

Parent/Carer voice Google Form

We will also gather information from Primary Schools over the coming term so that we build a clear picture of your child and how we can support and challenge them to be the best version of themselves and see success.

Transition timeline for Year 6 Families

Dear Year 6 Families

We are delighted to be able to announce the calendar of transition events that we have planned to welcome your children and your family into our community at XP Gateshead.

More details on each of these events will follow in due course, but here is an overview of the activities so that you can plan ahead and discuss this with your child.

Online Family Meetings

This week we will send details of how to sign up for an online family meeting. Meetings will be in the fortnight commencing 29th April. These take place via Google Meet during the evening and are with a senior leader in the school. The meetings are a first chance for us to meet you and your child, to find out about them and discuss our expectations as a school. Your meeting will last up to 30 minutes. We will send details of how to book an appointment to you on 16th April.

Primary School Visits

We aim to visit every child in their Primary School starting from the week commencing 20th May. This is done by members of our transition team and means that as well as seeing your child in an educational setting, they get to know another friendly face before they come to us.

In-Person Information Evening for parents/carers

We will be holding an In-Person Information Evening at our school on 23rd May at 6pm.

It is important that all families attend as we will give important information about the Outward Bound course that takes place for all students at the start of Year 7 as well as our iPad scheme. In addition, we will address some of the misconceptions about our school so that families are completely clear on what we are: ‘A mainstream school with a relentless focus on beautiful work, character growth and academic success’, and also what we are not. There will be an opportunity for you to ask us questions too of course.

Transition Days at XP Gateshead

Your children will join us in school on Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July. Again more details of these days will follow in due course. Like a regular school day, students can arrive in school from 8:00am but need to be present by 8:25am. Our school day finishes at 3:15pm.

Your child will follow a typical day at XPG on both days which include some crew sessions, expedition sessions and a community meeting.

Meet your child’s Crew Leader

Following the transition days, on Tuesday 9th July we will invite parents and carers into school in the evening to meet your child’s new Crew Leader. We expect all families to attend this event. We are proud of the strong relationships that we form with families at XP Gateshead and this is an important opportunity for you to begin to build that relationship with the person that will be the key adult for your child when they start with us. As well as our cross-curricular learning expeditions, our pastoral structure Crew is what sets us apart from other schools.

We start school earlier than other schools in the local authority to allow for the Outward Bound experience. Our first day of term is Tuesday 27th August. More info on our term dates can be found by clicking here.

Information Gathering

A huge thanks to all of those families that have completed the Google Form to let us know about you and your child. Please can all families complete this form as soon as possible. 

We will also gather information from Primary Schools over the coming term so that we build a clear picture of your child and how we can support and challenge them to be the best version of themselves and see success.

Year 6 Families – Welcome to XP Gateshead

A warm welcome to all of the Year 6 families that have been lucky enough to be offered a place at XP Gateshead for your child to join Year 7 in August 2024.

Please check your emails as we have sent you the details that are in this post below.

You will no doubt have lots of questions, but rest assured, all of these will be answered over the coming months of transition. At XP Gateshead we spend a lot of time getting to know our students and families prior to starting with us and we have a range of transition activities planned to allow this to happen. 

There are two forms for you to complete as family:

1. XPG – New Year 7 Admissions Form Aug 24 

There are lots of questions to complete on these forms, please take your time. It is vital that we have up to date and relevant information for all of our students (contact details, medical information, dietary requirements, school meal entitlements). We have also included sections here which ask for your permissions around media consent and fieldwork.

2. XPG New to school Parent/Carer Voice Aug 24

This form is really important to us and gives you the chance to share more details about your child with us.  It’s the start of us building an individual picture of your child and getting a better understanding of them. 

In addition to gathering this information from you as a family we will also communicate with your child’s primary school to ensure we have the fullest picture of your child and how we can support and challenge them.

Our wider transition programme will include an online meeting with you and your child as a family, primary school visits and a transition day in the summer term. We will publish a timeline of these events soon.

Our website xpgateshead.org contains a wealth of information and should be a start in answering your questions, in particular the frequently asked questions section is useful for new parents.

It is really important that you subscribe to our website by entering your email contact in the section on our front page as this will update you with an email every time we post some new information.

Families will be added to our private Facebook group once we have carried out the online family meetings.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].

 

Thank you again for choosing XP Gateshead, we really look forward to working with you and your child over the next five years.

Julie Mosley

Principal 

XP Gateshead

Year 6 Open Evening – IMPORTANT FULLY BOOKED

Our Open Evening this week is now fully booked

Due to high demand and our limited size and space in our current temporary building, we have had to limit the number of places at the event. If you have not registered to attend, please do not turn up on the evening as we will not be able to accommodate you.

More information about our school

Our website is also a valuable source of information and will give you a real flavour of the rigour of XP and our relentless focus on academic successcharacter growth and beautiful work.

We have put together an information website for families that were are not able to attend which you can find here.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

We look forward to meeting lots of year 6 families this week.

Julie Mosley

Principal

XP Gateshead

Year 6 Open Evening – Tuesday 3rd October

 

Beautiful Work – Character Growth – Academic Success

We are pleased to be able to announce more details for our Open Evening on Tuesday 3rd October at 6pm. This is an event for prospective families that are considering XP Gateshead as a destination school for their children in the next academic year (from September 2024).

Signing up to the event

As we are anticipating high interest in these evenings and due to our limited size and space in our current temporary building, you will need to sign up for this event to be able to attend.

We are limiting the number of places to three places per family, including your child in Year 6.

Please do not sign up if your children are currently in Year 5 or below. This will mean that we can accommodate as many Year 6 families as possible.

TO SIGN UP FOR THE EVENT PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

More information about our school

Our website is also a valuable source of information and will give you a real flavour of the rigour of XP and our relentless focus on academic success, character growth and beautiful work.

Last year we put together an information website for families that were not able to attend which you can find here.

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

We look forward to meeting you.

Julie Mosley

Principal

XP Gateshead

At XP Gateshead we have a partnership with Gateshead Music Hub to provide our instrumental music lessons. There are 36 lessons over the course of a financial year from April 2023 until March 2024. Each term is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson is 30 minutes long. These will be delivered during the school day by staff from Gateshead Music Hub.

We work to make the timetable for instrumental lessons have the least impact on students in terms of missing time from expedition lessons. We ask for a minimum contribution from parents towards the cost of the lessons, this is charged to your ParentPay account on a termly basis.

There are two options for your child’s lessons.

  • Option 1: Individual lessons are 1:1 tuition and we ask for at least £100 per set of 12. (£300 per year)
  • Option 2: Small group lessons are with one or more other students and we ask for at least £75 per set. (£225 per year)

If you would be interested in signing up for instrumental music lessons, please complete this form.

To be clear, this is not a commitment from you at this stage. This is an expression of interest.

Gateshead Music Service operate on a financial year basis from April to April. Once we have your responses to this form, we would then work with the service to check capacity in the service and get back to you when we can finalise the provision for your child.

iPad Parental Contribution Scheme 2023

As you know a school-managed iPad is part of the standard kit required of students in secondary schools across XP Trust. We have brokered a successful Parental Contribution Scheme to enable this for all our children for the last 4 years and continue to do this again for 2023/24.

The iPad scheme for September 2023 includes:

  • An iPad 9th Generation
  • A logitech keyboard and trackpad
  • AppleCare + for two years 
  • Jamf – (device management and security)
  • A glass screen protector

We will have a bank of Apple Pencils for use in Art and Design sessions. You are welcome to purchase an apple pencil of your own, should you wish, and we would recommend either:

  • Apple Pencil – Touch sensitive
  • Skriva – Not touch sensitive but does shade on the angle of the nib. 

The extended warranty is covered by Apple for the first two years. You handle your own claims through an app. Further information can be found here:

https://www.apple.com/uk/support/products/ipad/ 

There is a claim excess for broken screens at £29, we will supply a glass screen protector free of charge. This will be checked regularly by Crew Leaders as part of our kit checks. 

You can get support and make warranty claims here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/apple-support/id1130498044

Loss or theft of the iPad needs to be covered by your personal home insurance.

Cost of the scheme

The total retail cost of these items bought separately would be £598. Through our new purchase scheme the cost to you is £451.

This balance will be applied to your Parent Pay account and you can manage your own payments. Here are a few options.

  • £12.53 per month for 36 months (£2.89 a week)
  • £18.79 per month for 24 months (£4.44 a week)
  • Pay the balance at any time within three years at comfortable amounts for your circumstances.
  • Speak with your child’s Crew Leader if you need financial support with this.

At the end of your child’s time in school the device can be kept by the family if the balance has been paid in full.

To order your child’s ipad, please complete this Google Form.

Transition Days – Family event on Thursday

 

What a delight it has been to welcome your children into their new school for the last two days. A reminder that on Thursday we have an event in school for adults from families at 5pm.

This is an opportunity to reinforce some really important messages, and to meet your child’s Crew Leader.

Children do not need to come to this event.