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Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 61 (24/03/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Time seems to going by extremely quickly at the moment and it only seems like yesterday that I was writing in the last e-newsletter. The exams are now officially underway with PE practical exams taking place in the last fortnight. The students were all very calm and collected, and clearly well prepared for their exam and I saw lots of proud PE teachers willing them on.
There was more nervous finger nails on Tuesday evening at the Battle of the Bands, at the Stables in Woburn. It was a fantastic event and our band, Retro, were amazing. Unfortunately it was not their year, but I thought their performance was outstanding.
In the last e-newsletter we were just about to set off for the final of the U16 rugby County Cup at Bedford Blues’ rugby ground. I'm delighted to say that we came away with the cup (pictured above) after an incredibly exciting game against Sharnbrook - with a winning try in the last minutes of the game in the top left corner, scored by Kahmar Bailey who received man of the match. Other successes in PE include an as yet unbeaten District League football season for all of our teams, and two very positive results in hockey.
We had yet more success in business last week with five Sixth Form students coming away winners at the Institute of Chartered Accountants competition. They were up against schools from all over the country and had to analyse data and present a clear strategy to a board of company directors. They will now compete in the national final later in the year.
At this time of year, as we approach the summer term, we often have to remind students about their uniform. Mr Gibbs has talked to students about the school's expectations in assemblies this week and will be sending out a letter next week, which tutors will go through with their tutees before the Easter break. The letter will also raise the issue of mobile phones and describe a new harder stance, which will be in place from Easter and I'm sure you will support as parents.
Lastly, there are a whole host of different support sessions running over the break in the run up to the exams so please check the website for the schedule of Easter School.

Nick Martin
Year 10
Dear Parents
Thank you to all who managed to attend the Progress Review Evening on Thursday. I enjoyed the positive buzz that was created by the constructive conversations about your children’s education.

If you did not manage to attend PRE or even if you require further clarification of any points discussed then please email or call the teacher to make a separate appointment to see them. The more we can collaborate, the better chance your child has of succeeding and reaching their true potential. As a year group we are really concentrating on eradicating any occasional episodes of low level disruption. We are now at the business end of the GCSE courses and every moment in lessons is important. I am very happy with the behaviour in general but am always striving to make our learning environment even better. I will also be continuing to challenge any breaches of the uniform policy. Thank you for your continued support with this.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 11
Departments are now inviting students to the ‘Department Easter School’ following the letter I sent out regarding the Easter School timetable. Please remember to ensure that your son or daughter has a means of getting to and from school and that they have a packed lunch with them. We have been really lucky to have the Head Boy and Girl campaigns in our assembly, it is giving our students a real taste for the student leadership they can expect to be a part of her at SWA 6th form. However, for those looking at pastures new, we have seen another group of students going to apprenticeship exhibitions. Students are getting really excited about their next steps and we are seeing them stepping up their game in terms of attendance at extra sessions and evidence of further revision.

Miss N Kelly
Sixth Form
Oxbridge Society update
Will Hazelwood (current year 13) spoke with members of the society about his experiences of applying to Oxford. Some great advice given to all members. All members were given a suggested reading list for different courses so they can start reading and 'dipping' in to some of these texts.

On Wednesday 15th March, Peter Fletcher (SWA Alumni) spoke with the society members about his experiences at University of Cambridge and studying medicine.  His advice on what to do in the build up to an application for Cambridge and for medicine was greatly appreciated by all members.  It was great to see Peter back at SWA.  Peter is in his final year at Cambridge.

On Thursday 23rd March, Andrew Smith (SWA Alumni) spoke with members about his experiences at Cambridge studying natural sciences.  Andrew is in his first year at Cambridge.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

Science & DT&E visit The Big Bang Fair
Science together with DT&E took 40 Year 9 students to this year’s Big Bang Fair. Students had an educational fun packed filled day visiting the 150+ exhibitors at the show taking park in a voyage of discovery of virtual reality, medicine, marine biology, film and TV, space exploration, explosive chemistry, crime-solving, robots, computer coding, microscopic bugs, giant trucks and more. Students were able to see that what they learnt in schools is used by real people in real jobs. They had the opportunity of hearing from inspiring engineers and scientists about the various different career opportunities available to them in science and engineering. A great day was had by all.
Coursework not collected from Summer 2016 entries will be disposed of on the 18th April. If you wish to collect/reserve your folders plus any product made please email
Careers – National Apprenticeship Show
This month celebrates national careers & apprenticeship weeks. Students in Years 11-13 had the opportunity of visiting the National Apprenticeship Show held at the MK Arena. During their visit they had the opportunity of speaking with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the opportunities that their companies had on offer for those considering leaving school this year. Details about the exhibitors at the event can be found here. For those students who need help and support with finding an apprenticeship please visit the Get In Go Far website.

Support is available in school through Mrs Hill or Rose Birmingham (4YP).
Accounting National Success
A group of SWA Sixth Formers won their regional heat of the Institute of Chartered Accountants business competition last week. Emily Kane, Alex Doolan, Chloe Burr, Kieran Drakes and Sasa Kovacs were superb as a team coming top out of 11 schools. The students worked as a team to analyse data about a production company and then present their recommendations to the board of the company on their future strategy. They received many compliments from the judges commenting on their excellent team working and how they dealt with the huge volume of data and were able to give a comprehensive presentation that considered all elements of the business while giving a well justified proposal to take the company forward while maintaining their corporate mission statement and ethics. They will now be competing in the National Final in June against 42 other schools, they are very excited about this as they will be treated to a touch of corporate hospitality being invited to stay away overnight!
Babysitting course
Over the past five weeks, 19 Year 10 students have been attending a QCF certified L2 babysitting course, delivered by Laura Dunn from the Central Bedfordshire Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention. From the knowledge gained these students will now be in a better position to offer babysitting services to their community, together with supporting their studies in child development and health and social care. Congratulations to all involved.
Engineering - Lockheed Martin Tech Box Challenge
Year 12 Engineers took part in this year's Lockheed Martin TechBox Challenge, based around Rube Goldberg machines. Competing against other schools in Bedfordshire students had to design and make a machine with the various pieces of equipment supplied that would be capable of moving a series of different size balls from one side of the machine to the other and sorting them along the way. Together with the machine students had to present their work to key personnel within the organisation. Our students found this very challenging and learnt the importance of time management, how to work as part of an effective team and communication. Our thanks goes to Lockheed Martin for offering us this opportunity once again this year.
Performing Arts Events
There is still time to buy tickets for the Spring Concert (29th March) and the Dance Showcase (30th March). Tickets can be purchased from the Finance Office .
Artist of the Month
The Artist of the Month goes to Ana Csintalan 10N. This is a beautiful mixed media piece based on the African culture.
Well done Ana, keep it up!
The U14 boys continued their excellent run of form, making it 14 wins from 15 games since September. On Tuesday of last week they travelled to Icknield School in the semi-final of the County Cup and came away 2-0 winners to secure their place in the final. Then on Thursday it was back to league action against Stratton, an excellent team performance saw the boys come away with a 7-1 win to secure their place in the league semi-finals. They now face Wootton next Tuesday to ensure they finish top of their league and continue this great run of form.
The U15 boys are still unbeaten in county competitions this season after winning recent matches 5-0 and 7-0 against Stratton and Bedford Free School respectively. Josh Evans and Sam Beckwith have been particularly effective in scoring from midfield. The boys now face important matches versus Cedars next Thursday in the County Cup quarter final and the upcoming semi-final of the District Cup.
The U16 boys came up against Mark Rutherford last Thursday, travelling with a depleted squad due to catch-up sessions and injuries. They started very slowly, and found themselves 2-0 down after conceding a penalty and a scrappy counter attack goal. In the second half, SWA started playing more free-flowing football and started creating opportunities. Ciaran Mahoney opened the Whitbread account with a powerful strike from outside the box, into the top corner. As they continued to push, they had a goal disallowed before Mahoney popped up and scrambled the ball into the net after a couple of last ditch blocks from the Rutherford defence. Sensing the win was now in reach, the boys continued to push and as they earned a free-kick on the edge of the box, which Joe Ryan duly dispatched as it went in off the post to cap a 3-2 comeback victory.
SWA 1st XV rugby team played the reverse fixture against Hills Road Sixth Form College last week. The previous encounter ended in a 10-10 draw, which was played in horrible, wet and muddy conditions. This time was the complete opposite, the sun was out and this allowed the boys to play an extremely attractive style of rugby, scoring lots of tries and winning the game 55-20. The running rugby was at its best when Curtis Hymus made a great run from inside his own 22, into the opposition half, linked up well with a few players as he came up against the covering defence and eventually the ball was placed in front of Callum Andrews who sniped down the blindside to finish one of the best scores of the day. There were so many candidates but Man of the Match was Lucas Town, whose ability to distribute, kick and carry the ball, really lead the way with an outstanding performance.
Two weeks ago SWA Year 11 rugby team locked horns with their rivals Sharnbrook in a repeat of last year's County Cup final in an attempt to repeat last year's victory and complete three County Cup wins on the trot. The game was played at Bedford Blues’ Goldington Road Stadium which provided a fantastic sense of occasion to an already eagerly anticipated match. It was Sharnbrook who started the brighter and took the lead after five minutes with a well worked maul from a lineout catch and drive. Whitbread responded excellently with a great opportunistic converted try from Tom Wellard. Rory Fookes added to his conversion with a penalty on the last play for Whitbread to take a 10-5 lead at half time.
In the second half, despite dominating, SWA could not take their chances and a well worked try enabled Sharnbrook to score again to make it 10-10 with 8 minutes to play. Some strong words from captain Josh Hoxey-Smith and pack leader Charlie Garwood inspired a late charge from SWA. With a set piece lineout feeding Alex Moore, man of the match Kahmar Bailey scored in the corner to send SWA into wild celebrations with two minutes to go. Whitbread defended outstandingly to the final whistle and it was left to Ali Gibbs to claim the lineout and allow Tom Wellard to kick the ball into touch for the win. A spirited 15-10 victory with all 20 boys playing a vital role.
Coach Mr Hart said he was “incredibly proud finish to a memorable three years” adding, “I am looking forward to seeing many of the boys on the 6th form Northampton Saints rugby academy next year.”
Team: Hoxey-Smith, Garwood, Wood, Gibbs, Bailey, Humphrey, Allen, Wischuusen, Wellard, Fookes, Wong, Moore, Noble, Rowe, Breacher, Wathen, Litchfield, Holland, Adamson, Chew
Congratulations to Katie White who represented Bedfordshire U16 girls county squad last weekend, beating  Sussex 3-2 with Katie getting the winning goal five minutes from the end with a solo run from her own half through the middle of the field with a 30 yard shot to loop over the keeper. It was a fantastic effort that Bedfordshire and Samuel Whitbread can be proud of.
The U18s travelled to Bedford Modern on Monday and secured a well-earned 3-3 draw. The boys played some excellent attacking hockey, moving the ball freely and creating some excellent scoring opportunities. Liam Stevens scored the three goals with three very good finishes all into the side netting. The boys worked tirelessly in defence as they helped to keep Modern’s attack at bay as Callum Wood deputised in goal.
It was a super effort from the SWA mixed U14 hockey team this week, beating Goldington 2-0 in a friendly game. Fabulous efforts from all the squad, two excellent individual goals from Ben Stevens and excellent play from Paris and Toby. Really proud of their effort and attitude. A super bunch of students who will do really well next season.
Squad: Chris Horgan, Regan Marshall, Ben Stevens, Nathan Fuller, Toby Morlidge, Dan Butler, Paris Musgrove, Emma Moore, Molly Sawyer, Lola Precious, Caitlin Ainsworth, Jess Clark-Patrick, Tiana Down
BTEC Sport
SWA’s Year 12 Triple BTEC Sport students visited the University of Bedfordshire this week to get a better understanding of their unit ‘Technology in Sport’. We participated in a Year 2 lecture about coaching analysis. The students used iPads to analyse coaches’ communication during a football session. Our students were excellent ambassadors for the school and gained valuable experience in using technology to analyse coaching patterns and behaviours. Mitchell Brown, Lucas Town, Lewis Sharp, Alex Barnes, Sam Dennis
Robert Bloomfield
There was a festival of football last week at Robert Bloomfield with Lincroft School coming over for their annual mass fixture. RBA ‘B’-‘H’ teams had a fantastic night with 4 wins and 3 defeats along with an exciting penalty shoot out.

Year 6 RBA pupils rose wonderfully to the NSPCC fundraising challenge and a grand total of £5065.50 has been raised this year - a school record and the first time over £5k!
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 Tuesday breaktime in room 335. 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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