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Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 59 (22/02/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind remarks following my permanent appointment on Monday as Principal of Samuel Whitbread Academy. I have thoroughly enjoyed being in the role since September and I look forward to continuing the work that we started this year on our journey to being an outstanding school. I know how fantastic the students are at this school and I am enjoying the challenge of helping every single one of them achieve their full potential!
We are now into the second half of the spring term and students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form are starting their final preparations for their upcoming exams. Next week students in Year 11 will have their last mock exam, which will give them one final opportunity to experience doing their exams under exam conditions - before the exams start for real! I have been really impressed with the way in which students have approached their studies.
The Sixth Form ski trip to Chamonix over half term was a roaring success and students (as well as staff) had a fantastic time. The Year 9 and 10 ski trip sets off this Saturday and we hope they have just as enjoyable a trip!
Tonight is the first of three performances of our musical, ‘A Night at the Movies’ and I’m incredibly excited to witness the final product having seen how hard the students and staff involved have worked in the many rehearsals they have undertaken. Performing Arts at SWA is thriving at the minute with increased participation across many extra-curricular clubs and events, and  this is largely down to the dedication of our staff and students.

Nick Martin
Year 9
In the week beginning 6th March, tutors and the year team will be conducting a uniform monitoring week, checking that high standards are being kept across the year in terms of uniform. I would appreciate parents/carers check that students are coming to school in correct uniform. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mr O Daniels
Year 10
Please be aware of the upcoming Progress Review Evening (PRE) for parents on Thursday 23rd March. Your support of your child’s education is invaluable for them to reach their potential and the PRE is the best chance for you to discuss this with their subject teachers. The information of how to book appointments will be distributed electronically shortly. I look forward to all of the positive conversations happening on the evening.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 11
Year 11 students are on the home straight and we are fast approaching the end of the year, which is marked by the round of mocks that have come around really quickly! The exams team complimented our students during the last mocks by highlighting that the Year 11 students seemed extremely prepared and calm in this setting.  I have no doubt that they will continue to impress us next week.
This is certainly going to be a busy half term for our students as preparation for practical exams in subjects like Dance, Drama and PE are in full swing. There really is a great atmosphere amongst Year 11 at present and it is great to see so many of them at after school sessions.  Now that we have late buses on a Wednesday, I am sure that we will be seeing even more of them after hours.
Students are also extremely busy looking at prom outfits! I have seen lots of fantastic images of glamourous dresses and the event is set to be a great success. Students have been reminded that the deadline for the deposit for the prom and year book is due 24th February 2017.
Thank you for your continued support.

Miss N Kelly
Year 12
We have started the Oxbridge Group for Year 12 students who are interested in applying for either Oxford or Cambridge.  This group meets fortnightly (Friday week A lunchtime) and all who are interested are welcome to attend – please ask in the Sixth Form office or email for more details.  Our Year 12 Subject PRE is Tuesday 14th of March and parents and carers are invited to attend appointments with subject teachers. Appointments can be made through the Parents Evening booking system, any issues with this please call 01462 628040/41 or email SWA PRE admin.

Mr S Hoad
Year 13
A big well done must go to the following year 13 students.  These students have secured more than 2 excellent attitudes to learning on their latest report.  This hard work and dedication to your studies shows your motivation to succeed and will really help in achieving those top grades in your final examinations.  Your faces will appear in the staff room study space on the praise board.

Cade Abrahams, Erin Archer, Pamela Balusheva, Hannah Bambrick, Joel Barrett, Nicola Berry, Michael Biggs, Clare Blindell, Natalie Bond, Holly Bosmans, Andi Bowskill, Harry Brunker, Nathan Challinor, Katie Cleverley, Niamh Coughlan, Dan Cruise, Matt Cruise, Emilia De Luca, Megan Dennis, Maya Derrick, Ella Devereux, Frank Donachie, Ebren Durling, Victoria Fievez, Charlotte Fossey, Lily Fossey, Chrissie Galang, Helen Garner, Molly Gaught, Leyla Ghaemi, Jordan Gosselin, Charlotte Grieves, Eleanor Hare, Kier Hewson, Emily Kane, Khalid Khodier, Hannah King, Laura Lambert, Hope Landman, Rhiannon Mackie, Chris McFarlane, Brittany Mooney, Maddie Morris, Nicole Mott, Daisy Nayler, Lewis Newson, Jason Northend, Holly Porter, Reuben Pritchard, Lydia Riley, Ellie Roberts, Hettie Rogers, Erin Sharp, Emily Sinclair, Holly Slater, Thomas Smith, Cameron Stacey, Emma Stevens, Ellen Taylor, Hannah Ward, Ryan Ward, Joel Warner, Cleo Worboys

Mr L Huckle
Sixth Form Ski Trip
At 1am on Saturday 18th February a group of 17 students and 4 staff embarked on the annual sixth form Ski Trip. This year the destination was Chamonix, France nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc in the Alps. The 12-hour journey was a huge improvement on the 27-hour journey the previous year! The students and staff enjoyed an excellent 6 days skiing on great snow under unbroken sunshine. We took full advantage of the range of activities on offer in addition to the skiing including; an Ice Hockey Match, Aiguille Du Midi, Luge and Ice Skating. The hotel were fantastically accommodating and the students and staff enjoyed practicing their French to anybody who would listen! Upon returning to SWA, we could reflect on an enjoyable week’s skiing and some serious exercise thrown in too! The school Facebook page has a daily video diary which you can visit for some wonderful photos.
Accountant Information Evening
ICAEW (institute for chartered accountants in England and Wales) are hosting a Parents' Evening event in Hatfield on 15th March from 5:30pm to 7pm, open to parents and children from all local schools and colleges. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and hear about school leaver and graduate opportunities with local and national employer representatives. This is a fantastic opportunity for Year 11, 12 and 13 students who may be interested in a career in accounting. Click here for more details.
SWA Principal
As referred to in the opening paragraph of this newsletter and as communicated via email to parents/carers earlier this week BEST directors appointed Nick Martin as Principal of SWA on a permanent basis. Please see here for further information on the appointment.
Expert Parent Carer workshop
On 16th March there is a workshop aimed at parents and carers of children with health needs or disabilities please click here for further information.
Bank, Camera, Action!
A group of Year 10 film students won the ‘most creative’ category in a national competition run by the Bank of England open to schools across the country. The brief was to create a film with a theme of “a day in the life of the new Fiver”. SWA’s entry was a creative interpretation of this which was a mixture of stop motion and live action.

Congratulations to Rosie Wilson, Alena Mahoney and Phoebe Gallant on winning the award which has also earned the girls a £25 voucher each and £500 of camera equipment for the school.
Artist of the Month
The Artist of the Month goes to Jasmine Langeveld 11R. Below is an initial idea she has painted for a GCSE project. This is a really beautiful piece of work and we can't wait to see how it develops further. Well done Jasmine.
On Tuesday 9th February our successful Year 9 footballers travelled to Telford to face Thomas Telford School in the last 16 of the National Cup.  After arriving following a long journey, the boys were in awe of the fantastic facilities on show at Thomas Telford.  This however did not affect their attitude and they stayed switched on throughout the warm up and during the match preparation.  Once the whistle blew, we knew it was to be a difficult match, with TTS showing why they are so dominant in schools football.  SWA battled hard to stay in the game but struggled to get a grip of possession and were always at risk of being caught on the counter.  A hard fought half left us 0-0 with 2 minutes remaining of the first half, unfortunately we were unable to hold out and an error led to TTS scoring just before the break to make it 1-0.  The second half proved just as difficult, with SWA having a few chances but the majority of the match was in the hands of a very strong TTS side.  The match eventually finished 4-0 to TTS, as we pushed to get back in the game at 2-0 down, we were caught twice on the counter.  A really tough match for the lads but all were a credit to the school and continued to fight right up until the final whistle.  To reach the last 16 in the country is a fantastic achievement, and the boys now turn their attentions to the district and county cup competitions for the remainder of the year.
Cross Country
Thirty pupils competed at the District Cross Country last half term to  qualify for the county competition. All ran exceptionally well with 25 of our runners qualifying for counties at Ampthill. Taking the 25 through to counties, with an extremely tough, wet, hilly run all our runners were an asset to the school with all digging in and really giving it their best. Well done to Emma Moore, Kai Courtney, Joe Lawson, Sam King, Joe Ryan, Tom Angell and Ryan Ward in qualifying at counties to go through to the English School Cross Country Finals, a fantastic achievement.
University of Bedforshire
During Half term Charlotte Fossey, Emily Frost and Charlie Garwood took part in leading a lecture at the University of Bedfordshire for trainee PE teachers. They carried out a mock student interview for PE teachers in preparation for them applying for jobs all over the country. They were outstanding ambassadors for the school and made up a very tough interviewer panel. Thank you for giving up your half term and helping the teachers of tomorrow prepare for their careers in education.
Date for your diaries: the Year 11 rugby County Cup Final is to be held at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road ground on Wednesday 8th March at 7pm.
Robert Bloomfield Academy
Just before half term the NSPCC visited RBA and delivered their ‘Speak out. Stay Safe’ assembly to share information with Year 6 about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. Over the last 9 years, Year 6 has raised over £30,000 to support the work of the NSPCC and we are hoping to build on this success by taking part in the annual sponsored event – Buddy’s Meaningful Maths.
A large group of Year 7 & 8s went skiing the week before half term to Les Menuires (along with Etonbury, see next column!) and had a fantastic time.
Etonbury Academy
The Etonbury ski team had a fantastic week in Les Menuires, France. All 66 students experienced skiing in the Three Valleys, alongside participating in some excellent evening entertainment (bumboarding, karaoke and disco). The students represented themselves really well and were a credit to the school. The hotel we stayed in was very accommodating and we are already looking forward to the ski trip next year.
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.
Transfer to Upper School
September 2016
All the information you need for the transfer can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Web page, here. Or you can contact the admissions team on: 0300 300 8037 or by e-mail 

Should you need any further information please e-mail Kelly Furphy on
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.
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:

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.
Drop in Sessions
Drop in sessions with the school nurse are available every Thursday breaktime in room 403. If students have any issues ranging from diet to bullying they can book an appointment with the nurse by visiting Mrs Ward in the First Aid room.
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 Bonham PSO Sixth Form, Jo Abbott PSO year 10, Oliver Daniels Head of Year 9, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers PSO Year 11 and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 10 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.
Samuel Whitbread is always looking for ways to support our students and keep parents informed of the latest issues and concerns that are facing our students. We are registered with Parent Info and this can be reached through an icon on the school website.
Parent Info provides high quality information for parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. The service is free and offers advice and guidance on a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships, the internet, body image and peer pressure to broader parenting  topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’ In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme (also on the school website), some of the content covers Internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
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




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Signing In/Out
Students must sign in at the Attendance Office if they arrive late or sign out/in if they leave/return during the Academy day. Please ensure that students have written permission enabling them to sign out.

Please note that the Attendance Office has moved to Room 337.

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. 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. *Special circumstances are defined as:

‘For service personnel and other employees prevented from taking holidays outside term-time if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education’ and ‘when the family needs to spend more time together to support each other after a crisis.’

These changes aim to minimise the impact of absence during the school year.

Holiday 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 
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.
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