Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 102 (24/09/19)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 102 (24/09/19)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve made a fantastic start to the term at Samuel Whitbread, with a number of highlights even in the first three weeks. Two weeks ago was the Year 13 Awards Evening and last week it was the turn of the Year 11s. Parents, staff and invited guests joined us in an evening of celebration and handing out awards to students for notable achievements throughout the year. As well as awards for each subject, there was also the Principal’s award for the student with the highest grades in the year group, which this year went to four students in Year 13 who all achieved 3A* and two students in Year 11 who also achieved exactly the same grades. There are also a number of individual awards that have been donated by parents and ex-staff for areas such as: sports, science, leadership, determination against the odds and new Community Award presented by the Governing Body for outstanding contribution to the community. The evening always finishes with the Samuel Whitbread House Cup, which this year went to Whittle and was presented by Charles Whitbread. See below for photos and more details about the evening.

There was lots to celebrate this summer with the highest ever results in Year 11. Overall 74% of students gained a 9-4 in English and maths and 48% gained a 9-5. Maths also achieved their best ever results with 82% achieving 4 or above and 57% achieving a 5 or above. In English, 81% achieved a 4 or above and 64% gained a 5 or above. There were equally impressive results this year in biology, chemistry, physics, geography, French, Spanish, computer science, Engineering, food, film, music, dance and art.

The new Year 9 students have really impressed everyone with the manner in which they have started the year. Their behaviour around school and attitude in lessons have been excellent and their uniform is impeccable. We had a very successful Year 9 Parents Information Evening two weeks ago, covering areas such as: homework, maths, English, science, DT, PE, careers and school reports. The evening was the idea of one of our parents, Mrs Cook, and this is the third time we have run such and event. If you missed the event then please note that the slides will all be on the website. A few students have not managed to secure a locker in their chosen location as of yet, which should be resolved when we receive a delivery of new latches to replace a few ones around the site, however, there are several free lockers in the DT block.

Over the summer there have been a number of improvements to the school site including 50 new parking places on the field, which will act as an overflow for Sixth Form students. The air conditioning has also been improved in the business and IT rooms, and we have moved the library to create a new Sixth Form study centre in the Sixth Form block. This will soon have a cabinet of chromebooks for students to take out on loan whilst working in the study centre and plans are in place to also refit the computer room downstairs to create a quiet working room with desktop PCs.

Over the summer, Mr Hart, Mr Sinclair, Mr Rhodes and I attended the RFU National Awards at Twickenham, after one of our parents, Mr Litchfield, nominated us for school of the year. We were up against a number of well known independent schools with strong rugby pedigrees. After a tour of the facilities and the England changing rooms, the presentations began and to our complete amazement we were awarded Rugby School of Year. This is a fantastic endorsement of everything we are trying to achieve at the Academy and a testament to all the hard work and dedication of students and staff. This year the rugby academy has been joined by our Football Academy run by our director of football and our new Netball Academy, led by our Director or Netball and High performance coach.

Also in PE, it has been a busy start with fixtures coming thick and fast - wins for the U16 and U19 netballers, rugby 1st XV in the National Cup and more equestrian success have been the highlights so far.

Finally, a number of parents have mentioned that some of our students are not paying enough attention when crossing the road at the end of school. One student, for example, caused a Sixth Former to come off his motorbike last week, when he ran out in front of him. Unfortunately, we do not have a zebra crossing outside the school, but I am in contact with our Parish Councilor about this issue and he is pursuing the matter. We will be putting more staff on duty at the front of school, but please can parents also talk to your children about not crossing a busy road without looking or between cars etc. 

Nick Martin

Year 9
Dear Parents
The year group has started extremely positively. I have heard nothing but praise from staff in all parts of the school. Starting at an upper school can be overwhelming for our young people and if your child is feeling the pressure, please reassure them that it is completely normal and that they are certainly not the only ones. I have been particularly happy to see how the year group have helped each other over the first few weeks, working as a team to overcome any barriers they have come across. There seems to be a real sense of togetherness from the Year 9 cohort. This will serve them well moving through the school towards their GCSE's.
If there are any questions or issues you need addressing, please contact the tutor and they will help out in any way possible. I look forward to welcoming you all at our first Progress Review Evening in November.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 10
It has been a brilliant start to Year 10 for our cohort. The students are really embracing the change in timetables and the beginning of their new GCSE options. It can be a daunting time at the start of a new year but they are already making great impressions on new staff and new subject teachers. Our Year 10s have also been fantastic role models to the new Year 9 students particularly when it comes to uniform; making sure their shirts are tucked in, the blazers are on and their shoes are appropriate. We want them to continue with their hard work in lessons, keeping their standards high and looking presentable around the school.

Miss V Yadav
Year 11
I have been very impressed with the excellent way the Year 11 pupils have started the year. The standards of uniform have been excellent and they are proving to be brilliant role models around the school for the younger years. I really enjoyed meeting the top 20 students with the best ATL scores for a celebratory breakfast at the start of the year to congratulate them on a superb achievement. Extra-curricular timetables for both PE and Performing Arts are up around the school and subject-specific intervention timetables will be given to tutors on Monday. I would encourage students to fully embrace the extra opportunities presented to them.

Miss C Tabert

Sixth Form
The first two weeks has gone incredibly quickly this term. Thank you to all our students who are presentable in professional dress code, and wearing lanyards. There are still a few students who need to be reminded about our safeguarding requirement to wear their lanyards – and they are to be reminded that this is vital. The Sixth Form team welcomed Year 12 and Year 13 parents to Information Evenings last week and took parents through expectations, information about UCAS and workload. The presentation is available on the Sixth Form area of the website so please do look through it if you couldn’t make the evening. UCAS is upon us again for those students embarking on university applications, and support is available for this process through their Year 13 Google Classroom and with their tutors. The early deadline of October 15th for Oxbridge, medicine, veterinary science and dentistry is rapidly approaching and students must book in with one of the Sixth Form team asap. Well done to all of our students who have volunteered to act as guides for our upcoming Open Evenings – we are very grateful to those students who give up their free time to be such superb ambassadors for the school at these events. Thank you.
Mr Tonking, Mrs Hoad and Mr Huckle
We had a fantastic turn out for the pantomime auditions of Aladdin and it is looking like it will be our biggest cast yet! Two casts have been announced and rehearsals start on Monday 23rd September. Shows will be Tuesday 10th December – Friday 13th December at 7pm. If you would still like to be involved but didn’t make it to auditions please see Miss Meadows for details.
Online counselling service
A new online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people has been commissioned by the local NHS and Local Authorities. The service is called Kooth and is provided by XenZone, an online mental health pioneer.

Kooth is available for young people aged 11-19 living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Children and young people can chat online to professional counsellors, read articles written by young people, join forums to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal. Regular forums cover topics ranging from exam stress and anxiety to eating disorders and grief.

If your child needs a bit of extra support, is worrying about the future or is experiencing difficulties at school or at home, please do encourage them to use this new anonymous and free service. Young People can sign up to the service via their laptop, tablet or smartphone and can access self-help materials, articles and forums linked to emotional wellbeing at 

Rugby School of the Year
To add to our incredible year for rugby at the school, Whitbread was awarded the prestigious honour of 'Rugby School of the Year' at a Twickenham awards ceremony in August. Up against several other excellent rugby schools, including independent school Sedburgh, who's 2019 side has been dubbed 'the best team ever to play school rugby', Whitbread won through to the delight of all in attendance.
Rugby School of the Year
Two very successful GCSE and A-Level Awards Evenings were held in the last two weeks with several outstanding individuals awarded recognition. For a full album of photos please see our Facebook or Twitter sites.
Please see the link here for guidelines on how our praise system works at Samuel Whitbread, including from tutors, departments and year teams.
Young Carers
Central Beds are running two Young Carers groups at Robert Bloomfield Academy in two age groups: 5-12 and 13-18.

Thursday September 19th
Thursday October 17th
Thursday November 21st
Thursday December 19th
Thursday January 16th
Thursday February 27th 
Thursday March 19th
Thursday April 23rd 
Thursday May 21st
Thursday June 18th
Thursday July 16th

To book a place on the age 5-12 course click here and the 13-18 age group click here.
Naming uniform
Please could parents name all uniform belonging to their child. Reception have already been handed several items of uniform without names listed which makes returning it impossible.
Medicines in the event of a no deal Brexit
Parents of students with medical conditions, please read the following information provided by the NHS here to plan for adequate medical supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Sports News in Brief
Elsewhere in the PE department the fixtures for several sports are coming thick and fast right only two weeks into the term. The U16 boys basketballers have convincingly won both of their league games, a 64-12 win against Bedford Free School and a 72-23 win over Sharnbrook has meant they are extremely well placed for the County Finals. The boys U15 footballers beat Harlington 1-0 in their first friendly of the year to prepare for their County Cup campaign, Ben Radnor scoring under a new system tried by coach Nicholls. The U18 girls footballers, preparing for hopefully another long National Cup run, beat Onslow School 3-1 with impressive performances from a number of individuals. During the summer, Year 12 student Ellie Cooke came third in her single at the British National Rowing Championships, as well as completing a hat-trick of wins at the St Neots Regatta. Ellie is now preparing for GB Trials in November. We have more individual success from Aaron Smith, 10B, who has again been selected for the England Hockey Performance Centre, this time in the U17 age group for 2019/2020. Finally, 1st XV rugby captain Tom Litchfield made his senior debut for Northampton Saints in the Premiership 7s last weekend, playing several games across the two days live on BT Sport (credit: Claire at Red Hat Photos– hopefully the first of many televised professional games for Tom!
Our netball girls have started the season incredibly brightly with the impetus from our new netball course providing excellent focus and determination. The U16 and U19 girls started their season on Tuesday, both teams playing some brilliant, exciting netball. The U16 girls beat Mark Rutherford 24-2 and Sharnbrook 14-1 with the whole team making the court and outstanding performances from Gemma Ryan and Ashton Smith. The U19s were not to be outdone and with every player again making the court – including Ellie Green making her debut for the U19s – the girls beat Biddenham 24-1 and Bedford Modern 19-5.

On Thursday it was the U15s turn, playing a match in the National Cup against netball school Haileybury. The game was intense and brilliant to watch, with only a few goals in it right until the last 5 minutes. Haileybury took the win 24-23, but outstanding performances throughout including amazing defence by Lily Rutt and Esme Frankland, meant the girls can be proud of their performance.

Over the next few weeks we will be training hard to make sure we get those top two spots in each age group which will enable us to go to regionals. #roadtonationals

Sixth Form Sport
Our new Sixth Form sports programmes are now firmly underway and the student athletes are making an excellent start. The rugby boys are training hard and won their National Cup fixture (read more below), whilst the football and netball students have been training hard in preparation for their first league and cup fixtures. It has been a pleasure to also welcome new staff into the programmes with a special mention to Jo Trip & Hayley Mackellar who are heading up the new netball course.
1st XV Rugby
The 1st XV rugby boys started the season in immaculate fashion as they brushed past Bedford Modern 1st XV 54-0 in the National Cup first round. On a hot day perfect for running rugby, Whitbread showed incredible control and flair in attack and relentless physicality in defence. There were outstanding performances from captain Tom Litchfield, Jordan Fadoju, Connor Stone and Year 11 Sam Ferrari, but man of the match was awarded to Theo Ogonah. A highlights package of some of the plays can be seen on Twitter here including a fantastic breakaway team try finished off by Kai Baines.
Community Rugby
In the first full week of term the Whitbread rugby boys played our now annual fixture against Biggleswade Rugby club. With many of our boys representing Biggleswade, we had over 25 players featuring in both Year 9 and Year 10 matches. It was a great opportunity for us to play, but more importantly, introducing players who don’t have a club, an opportunity to join Biggleswade. It was a fantastic evening’s rugby building our community links even further.
Our showjumpers Ewan Watts and Caitlin Sedgwick both put in fantastic performances to qualify for the NSEA Inter-Schools National Finals last weekend, Ewan finishing in second place which also meant he qualified for the Hickstead Elite Championships in August 2020! Well done to both of you, we look forward to hearing more success!

Show my Homework
We an online system for setting homework. The site is called 'Show My Homework' and can be accessed here. All pupils have been given a username and password for parents and carers, so you can monitor the work being set and the quality of the homework being completed by your children. Please follow the link if you wish to know more about the website and the functions it has to offer parents and carers.
Is your Child using their
entitlement to Free School Meals?
If your child is already receiving Free School Meals please remind them that they are entitled to £2.20 per day. It is advised that they use this amount at lunch time when they will get the best deal for their money. If the amount is not used it is not carried over to the next day, it will be removed and £2.20 will be credited to the account on a daily basis.

If there are any problems using the Biometric Finger Print System please speak to one of kitchen staff either behind the counter or in the office. If your child feels uncomfortable approaching the kitchen staff then please go to the year team pastoral officer.

Please be aware that the process for using the biometric finger print is exactly the same for children using free school meals or paying for school meals.

School Closure Arrangements due to Severe Weather
Please find information below from Central Bedfordshire Council for parents/carers to register to receive school closure alerts:
In order to receive an e-mail alert via the Central Bedfordshire Schools’ Open Status (SOS) system, you will need to register:
• Click here 
• Click on 'register for updates' and fill in the text boxes
• Click on 'submit' You will then receive an email which contains instructions on how to 'activate' your account which will include a 'one off' activation code.
• Click here
• Go to 'Log in to edit your details' and type in your email address and the activation code.
• The next time you want to edit your details (e.g. change the names of schools you wish to receive alerts for) type in your email address and password.
Please do not try to ring radio stations to find out if schools will be closed. Telephone lines will be busy and this may prevent a vital call reaching the News Centre. Please listen to the radio or access the website for confirmation.
If you have an existing account but have lost your login details please send an e-mail to to have your details refreshed.
For further information, please click here (APPENDIX C S)   

Free School Meals
- Are you Entitled?
If you would like to find out if you are entitled for your child to receive Free School Meals please contact Customer Services at Central Bedfordshire on 0300 300 8306. Please have the following information ready: national insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner, dates of birth for your children, and if you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number. You may qualify if your child attends a school full time in the Central Bedfordshire area, and you get any of the following: Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit, Support from the National Asylum Support Service, Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and you have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.

If you do not live in Central Bedfordshire area but your child attends a school in Central Bedfordshire full time, then you should apply to Central Bedfordshire Council, on 0300 300 8306. You will be informed if you are entitled to free school meals when you telephone, any problems verifying the entitlement will be discussed during the call. Please be advised that you can only apply for Free School Meals through Central Bedfordshire, Samuel Whitbread cannot process the application.
Young Carers
Our website now has links to organisations that offer advice and support for all the family along with young carers chat forums . Also you will find application forms for grants along with guidelines to help in making it easier to access any financial support you may need.
Pupil Premium
You may have received an email from us recently about the Pupil Premium funding that we have available to support some of our students. There is an application form on our website that you can use to request any support from the school - click here to see. All application forms or any requests for further information should be sent to

SEND Information Sessions
Free drop in information sessions are available for parents/carers with children with SEND. Click here to read more information.
Service Families
Samuel Whitbread is committed to supporting our service families. If you think you are going to be posted please contact Thomas Rowell ( so that he can help your child's transition go as smoothly as possible. We understand your circumstances might change again and that's OK. Kelly Furphy will also assist in any transition procedure and documentation needed.
Career information, advice and guidance support
The 4YPUK Careers Adviser Rose Birmingham is available for 1:1 appointments to talk though options and career ideas (or lack of ideas!) including apprenticeships, college courses, employment, training etc. To book an appointment visit: . Appointments are held in in Room 910 (Library).

More information and support can be found here on our website.
Brook Appointments
Brook appointments can be made via the Medical Room to speak to someone on a Thursday. Students can seek advice on issues such as online safety, healthy relationships, LGBT diversity, puberty, self esteem and many more.
Adopted Children
If your child is adopted from care, under a special guardianship order or a residency order, we can claim extra funding from the government to support them in their progress at school. The funding is part of the Pupil Premium Grant and we can use it for all sorts of support from 1:1 tutoring to help with equipment, revision guides and trips.

Please let Mr. Rowell if you think your child may be eligible for this support. Email:

Safeguarding Team
We take the safeguarding of our students very seriously at SWA and the safety and protection of our students is paramount in all that we do on a day to day basis. Mark Gibbs, Associate Principal, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Academy.

The team which includes Clare Hood, Associate Principal, Clare Bonham PSO Sixth Form, Jo Abbott PSO Year 9, Tanya Clark PSO Year 11, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers PSO Year 10, Vishali Yadav Head of Year 9 and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 11 are always willing to support and give advice.

If you do have any concerns about any of the students about their safety please contact a member of the Safeguarding team to discuss your concerns or contact The Central Bedfordshire HUB on 0300 300 8585 or if you live in Bedford Borough please call 01234 718700.





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Samuel Whitbread Academy has changed bank accounts. Could you please advise parents that all future cheque payments for school trips should be made payable to: Samuel Whitbread Academy – School Fund.
Signing In/Out
Following the installation of gates, students will only be able to enter and leave the school via reception. If your child needs to sign out during the school day, please make a note in their planner.  This will enable them to leave their lesson if necessary and sign out at reception ready to be collected.

All parents need to sign in at reception whenever they visit the site.
We would like to remind Parents and Carers of the regulations regarding holidays and would like to make you aware that Best Term dates may differ from the term dates published on the Central Bedfordshire website. Please see our website 
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and Central Bedfordshire advise that unless special circumstances* are identified then term time holidays should not be authorised. 

Absence Request Forms can be collected from the Attendance Office (Room 337).
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs A Martin – 01462 628041 or 
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