Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 62 (04/04/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 62 (04/04/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Easter is just around the corner and we're well into exam season with art exams taking place last week. I'd like to thank the Art department for all their work in preparing students for a very successful set of exams. In light of the new reformed GCSEs in English and maths, Ofqual have produced a video for parents and employers to help explain the new 9-1 grading system, which they have asked us to forward onto parents. 
We had two fantastic evening events last week. The first, on Wednesday, was the Spring Concert, where students across all year groups took part in a wide array of different performances from choirs to rock bands, to individual performances of students' exam pieces. The second was a Dance showcase of students’ exam pieces and also performances from Robert Bloomfield students, which were all well received. I'm always stunned by how talented our students are on evenings like this and I have no doubt that we will see some of them on stage in years to come!
We have a few members of staff leaving us at Easter (please see leavers section below) and I'd like to thank them all for their years of service to SWA - particularly Ms Kerridge who has been at the school for 16 years and is moving on to St Thomas More in Bedford to be an SLE. We wish them all luck in their new schools. I'm delighted to say that we have made a number of excellent appointments recently – particularly in English - to replace outgoing staff and we are fully staffed for September.
Elsewhere across the academy highlight for PE was the U15 girls cricket team who became County Champions and will now represent the county at the regional finals, and Year 10 Engineering and Electronics students were treated to a STEM activities day sponsored by National Grid.

Nick Martin
Oli Jewell
We would like to say a sad farewell to Oli Jewell for his time working at SWA. Oli has supported many departments in the school including Heath, Science and PE. We are very grateful for his commitment to ensuring pupils succeed in his lessons and we know they will be sad to see him go. All the best with your travels to South Africa and good luck with your doctorate studies.
Andre Newman
Andre is an incredibly well liked member of the English department and will be missed. He has been a vital cog in the wheel since September and we wish him well in following his true passion, Drama, at Bedford Academy.
Sonia Kerridge
We say goodbye to Sonia after 16 years of incredible service to Samuel Whitbread. During this time Sonia has not only been an outstanding English teacher to thousands of students, but has also helped many members of staff improve their own practice through advice and mentoring. We wish her every success in her new role.
Shirley Hall
Shirley has made a huge impact in the short time she has been at Samuel Whitbread. She has been an integral part of the English department over the past few months and will be missed. We thank her for all her hard work.
Hannah Smith
Hannah has been at Samuel Whitbread for seven years and will be missed by staff and students alike. Hannah has been heavily involved in several areas of the school including her role as Head of House and guiding students on Camps International trips to Borneo and Ecuador.
Flo Oetgen
Having been a former student and trainee teacher at Samuel Whitbread, we say goodbye to Flo as an outstanding teacher of Psychology. She has been a constant in the Sociology/Psychology department over the past three years and students have benefitted from her passion, subject knowledge and keen sense of humour, as well as complete dedication to her students’ studies. The plethora of cards, flowers and presents from staff and students over the past few days shows how much she will be missed by all at Samuel Whitbread. Good luck in your new role, Flo.
Science & Equipment Repair Technician
Salary: £16,123 - £17,072 per annum
Required: September 2017
Hours: Full time

For more information visit the SWA website or contact Elle Rees-Rinaldi or Ellie Langdon.
SWA Academies Clerk
Salary: £8.85-£9.57 per hour
Required: September 2017
Hours: as required

For more information visit the BEST website or contact Yvonne Humpryes.
National Grid STEM day
Year 10 Engineering & Electronics students were off timetable for a STEM Activity Day run by the Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by National Grid. In their teams students had to design and make a water collection vessel that was capable of filtration. The level of water had to have a detection device via a moisture tester together with a small electric pump for taking the water away. Students had to design, cost and present their findings to the rest of the group. The winning team came up with the idea of a cylindrical system which was completely unique to the other groups. The winning team consisted of Sean Fogarty, Max Drew and Charlie Mills-LeCren. The event also had two residential work experience placements available with National Grid, the winners of this were Grace and Harry for their determination and contribution to the day. Many thanks to Nigel Denchfield from the Smallpeice Trust and National Grid for this STEM opportunity.
Kazakhstan Visitors
This year we have again hosted teachers from Kazakhstan who have spent time at SWA viewing and recording teaching practice to take back to exhibit in their own country. Working closely alongside Cambridge University, two interns – Aida Nurzhanova and Venera Manasheva spent five months at the school, interviewing teachers and students, co-planning and observing lessons and giving feedback to the senior team. Both were incredibly complementary of students and teaching at the school and will now implement ideas from Samuel Whitbread in their own schools in Kazakhstan.
Mobile Phones and Uniform
After Easter we are tightening up the rules on uniform and mobile phones. Please view the letter here and talk through with your son or daughter.

Performing Arts
It has been an incredibly busy and successful term in Performing Arts. Following an amazing musical - 'A Night at the Movies', as well as successes for choirs in several competitions, last week SWA hosted the Spring Concert and Dance Showcase in consecutive evenings. The highlight of the Spring Concert was the performances of our Year 13 musicians. It was fantastic to reflect how far they have come during their time at Samuel Whitbread and to watch them perform was incredibly proud. The Dance Showcase exhibited some amazing devised pieces from GCSE Dance students and the Dance company. Well done to all students involved this term, your efforts have been fantastic.
SWA’s U15 cricket girls became County Champions last week and qualified through to the Lady Taveners Regional Cricket Finals. The girls were outstanding in some very tough games. Against Sharnbrook in a very close semi-final, Whitbread triumphed in a game that included an extraordinary last run from Jess Cooke backed up by some excellent bowling throughout the team. In the final Stockwood Park batted well putting on a competitive score but Paris Musgrove and Tabby Brown led the chase with some fantastic batting to win the title and take the girls through to the regionals after Easter.
A super effort from the U16 girls hockey squad who ended their successful season with a trip to Knights Templar school in Baldock for a friendly. Fabulous sunshine and skills helped SWA pile on the pressure on a bobbly pitch. There were excellent saves from Chloe, determined defence from Paris and super runs from Nicole, Chloe L and Danielle. Knights Templar had an experienced Letchworth club player who dominated in midfield and ensured a 2-0 deficit that we couldn't make up. I am so proud of these girls and I have huge expectations for next season.
The U15 boys footballers reached the semi-final of the County Cup with an excellent 3-2 victory over Cedars. Without three players due to injury, the boys fell behind early on but rallied and goals from Jamie Parker, Josh Scoot and Josh Adams secured the win and kept Whitbread’s defence of the trophy alive. This set of boys has still not lost a match to other opposition in the county since joining SWA in September 2015 and are striving for another County and District Cup double after Easter.
Great effort from our U14 girls football squad last week who played against Cedars in the semi-final of the County Cup. SWA unfortunately lost 2-1 in a closely fought game but there was some outstanding defending from Paris and Cailin and fabulous runs from Chloe, who scored the Whitbread goal following an excellent cross from Sophie. Excellent teamwork and determination was shown as we continued to drive up to the last minute. Thoughts now turn to next season and the hope to go one step further and reach the final! Squad: Paris, Cailin, Jess, Mia, Izzy, Sophie, Tabby, Molly, Chloe, Tyana, Jazmine.
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
Pendleton Sports Centre
We have a number of fitness membership options available at a very competitive price, including a junior membership for 11-18 year olds at only £20 a month or a annual option saving you further money.

For any further information or to find out more about our current fantastic offer please call 01462 341114 or call into the centre.
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.
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.
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
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:





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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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