Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 109 (24/01/20)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 109 (24/01/20)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Hope you had a great Christmas break and a Happy New Year!

We’ve had a great start to the term. Year 11 students have now received their mock grades with the usual mix of smiles and a few tears here and there. Receiving your full set of mock grades, as if they are the real thing, always has a big impact on students and really helps to focus them over the weeks to come. Next week they will get their reports and then have their parents evening the week after. This is a crucial opportunity for students to hear about their strengths and weaknesses, so they can focus all their energy where it will have the most impact.

The eco group is going from strength to strength and gathering lots of support from local companies for our 2020 trees in 2020. Recently Supreme Paintworks ltd and Monk and Smith Building Contractors both donated to the appeal and Seasons Fruit and Veg donated trees at the end of 2019. If you would like to donate to this appeal then please contact Drama also announced this week that auditions for Grease are coming soon!

We’ve had a complaint from a local resident over Christmas that parents are parking on the junction of Clifton Fields and Shefford Road, at the start and end of school, which is causing congestion and is potentially dangerous as it restricts visibility. Please can we be mindful of the local community and ensure that we always park safely during pickup and drop off.

The new year has already brought some amazing highlights in sport at SWA. Taylor had his debut playing for England U18 Schoolboys against the RAF and kept a clean sheet! Daniel received his call up for the kite flying world championships in France next month. The Sixth Form boys B football team has reached the national quarterfinals and the U15 girls traveled to London last week and came back with the 5-1 win to go through to the last 16 in the country and both the U18 and U15 netball teams are getting ready for the regional finals this weekend. Finally, the boys hockey team beat BMS 5-4 for the first time ever to go through to the regionals - an amazing achievement. 

Nick Martin

Year 9
Dear parents
We have started back after the Christmas holidays with a very positive mindset. The year group as a whole seem to be flourishing.
Can I ask that you have some more conversations with your children regarding options selections. Very soon, options forms will be set out via tutors. If you have any questions or concerns please direct these to the tutor in the first instance. There is also lots of information on the school website.
Once again, thanks for all your support.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 10
Three weeks into the new term and the year 10 students have made a great start to the new year. The year 10 students all attended a youth crime and violence awareness assembly on Friday 17th January which informed them of the dangers of ‘gang’ mentality, knife crime and helped them to understand local concerns. We would also like to remind parents of the uniform policy that can be found on the school website (please see link below) as we are still finding a number of year 10 students wearing trainers and hoodies to school which is not in line with the policy.

Link here for uniform policy.

Miss V Yadav
Year 11
Your children have now received their most recent mock results and I hope they have communicated this with you. I would ask that you sit down and have a discussion about the impact these results must have on them over the coming months. Most pupils will have reaffirmed that they are on track and that they need to maintain their current, excellent levels. Others will have been shocked and need to use this as extra motivation to redouble their efforts over the next months. If you would like to discuss these results, please contact the tutor who will be happy to help or point you in the direction of a member of staff that can help.

Miss Tabert

Year 12
Year 12 have made a great start to the term, continuing to impress us with their conduct, dress code and attitude to learning. We had a fantastic turn out for the ‘Next Steps’ presentation on Thursday 23rd January. Supporting my beginners guide to the UCAS process was information on apprenticeships and alternative routes to industry from Miss Foreman and Oxbridge Society processes and support from Professor Hubbard. We have never seen such a turn out for this evening, and that shows the engagement and willingness of our students and the support they are receiving from home. We want to continue to work together to help all of our young people make the right choices for them. The presentation is up on the website for anyone who missed the event, or if you wish to clarify anything from the night. We have a higher education fair on March 23rd and we really want year 12s to take this opportunity to widen their horizons and research their next steps. Please can we ask you to respond to the letter in parentmail. We will be continuing this work in registration alongside a focus on work experience, with a deadline of February 28th for all placements to be secured. Thank you all for the support with this.

Mr Tonking
Year 13
Students should have received their IPE results in lessons with teachers, and their report with IPE and predict grades will be going home (via email) on February 6th. After that students will review their progress with subject teachers and tutors and set targets for the remaining few months of their time with us. Please can I remind parents that the first point of contact with school about concerns in subjects should be through subject teachers email which are their initial and surname followed by Students have completed a google form about prom, leavers hoodies and leavers book. The anticipated total cost for these three items is under £44 – and students are not obliged to purchase all three. Payments will go out soon on Parentmail and will be able to be paid in instalments. Prom is booked for Friday July 3rd – so add the date to your diaries! Students interested in apprenticeships are urged to check their email – we are planning to take a group of students to the National Apprenticeship fair on either the 9th or 10th March. Interesting opportunities in apprenticeships and other training are frequently sent to students from our staff so it is vital that students regularly check their email.

Mrs Hoad
Whenever you driving on the school site school please can we ask you to be extra careful of pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. Dropping off and picking up especially are the busiest times of day for traffic with buses, cars, bicycles and pedestrians all moving around at the same time. I am sure you all agree that we do not want any accidents or incidents. Please can I ask you to adhere to the following:
• The maximum speed limit on site is 10mph (all vehicles)
• Always ride/drive on the right hand side of the road – including cyclists
• If you do not need to drive onto the school site please drop off on the road at the front of school in one of the parking bays
• Do not block buses by parking, dropping off / picking up where the buses wait
• If you are parking / waiting in Pedley Lane or any other local roads, please consider our neighbours and local residents, do not block drive ways or park illegally and also do not park close to the junction. The highway code states that: 'The nearest you can park to a junction is 10 metres (or 32 feet). This is to allow drivers emerging from, or turning into, the junction a clear view of the road they are joining. It also allows them to see hazards such as pedestrians or cyclists at the junction.'

• Always cycle on the correct side of the road, cycle through the main gate and straight to the bike sheds
• Use hand signals to indicate your intention at a junction
• Be aware of other road users and pedestrians
• Where visible clothing and use lights in poor light
• Do not take any unnecessary risks when cycling on the roads within the school grounds
• It is not permitted to cycle on the pavements

A note from the medical room...
Please be aware we have a confirmed case of shingles in school. For more information on shingles please click here.
Grease Auditions
Grease auditions are now on Monday 3rd February 3-6pm. If you are still wanting to audition but missed the meeting with information, please come to the music office at break or lunch where Miss Meadows will be able to help you.
Eco Schools
Please click here to read the latest developments from our school’s eco committee, who are making great progress with their projects! The eco-committee have been collecting collect items for terra cycle including: crisp packets, contact lens blister packs and lenses, confectionery wrappers, batteries and pens so if you have any of these items that are heading for the bin please send them to the Science prep room instead!
Sam Whit Forest
The eco-committee are aiming to plant 2020 trees in 2020. We are looking for sponsorship from local businesses and the community to help buy the trees. We have a tree planting event scheduled at Marston forest centre but need to raise money for the remaining trees. Each tree costs £10 so anything you can give will be much appreciated
On Thursday Mr Graves, Miss Fraser and Mr McReynolds along with their team of Sixth Form helpers visited Pix Brook in Stotfold to deliver a stem day for the Year 5s. The students took part in lots of Science experiments and a fun day was had by all.
Students took part in the following experiments:
  • Biology: Testing foods for the presence of protein, fats and sugars
  • Chemistry: CSI investigation involving testing solutions for pH, fingerprint analysis and chromatography (analysis of the pigment of ink)
  • Physics: Bridge building and constructing free standing towers
Do you know your phishing from your spoofing? Your password complexity from your antivirus protection? BEST are hosting their first free IT community event this Monday in BEST House between 1:00-2:30pm. There’s no need to book for this event, just turn up and join our IT team from Partnership Education as they provide you with practical advice on how to protect yourself online.

Year 9
Last Friday the Year 9 rugby team travelled to Cardinal Newman for their county cup semi final. We have enjoyed numerous close and physical fixtures over the last few years against Cardinal Newman so we knew we would have to perform well. We started with great intensity and after 5 minutes raced into a 19-0 lead. We didn’t take our foot off the gas with tries coming from Calib, Harry, Reon, Rhys, Kayode, Callum, Olly, Max and Louis. It looks like we will be playing Cedars in the final in the coming weeks.
The U17 boys rugby team travelled to Hills Road on Wednesday. The boys gave us a glimpse of what an impressive 1st XV team they could be next year by winning 45-10! Fantastic game played by all by specific mention has to go to our scorers: Jack, Sam, Jackson, Nathan and Kai.
A massive congratulations to our U16 boys hockey squad who travelled to Bedford Modern this week for the county round of the hockey championships. We took some experienced players and a few new players who all excelled themselves against an organised side. The game was two all at half time with some outstanding saves from Jenson in goal and dynamic runs from Max and Louis. As the second half progressed we grew in confidence and played some quality hockey. Solid defence from Lewis and precise distribution from Isaac. The game ended 5-4 to us and we now qualify for the regional tournament in February.
Following this, Thursday brought us our first indoor hockey game against Redborne. This was the first time everyone had ever played indoor rules but they stepped up well, winning 9-1. Congratulations Louie Allen as top goal scorer!

U15 Girls
We travelled down to West London to play Grey Coat Hospital School. In the run up to this game we haven’t really been challenged in defence. We were down 1-0 at half time and made some big changes with midfield and allowing the ball to cross and travel up to the strikers. The girls worked hard to out run Grey Coat’s very strong defence and we ended up winning 5-1. The game was definitely made of two very different halves and it goes to show the work rate from attack in the second half allowed us to proceed into the competition taking on Sprowston High in the last 8 of the National Cup.
We are incredibly proud of our 1st XI goalkeeper Taylor who made his England U18 debut a couple of weeks ago. 

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.
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. 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. Candlin 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 10, Tanya Clark PSO Year 9, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers PSO Year 11, Vishali Yadav Head of Year 10, Charlotte Tabert Head of Year 11 and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 9 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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