Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 63 (05/05/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 63 (05/05/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The exams are now well underway with Art, PE and Drama practical elements of the GCSE already successfully completed and it was clear to see that students were all incredibly focused and keen to do their best. Once exams are in full swing, time will go very quickly and parents often ask how they can best help their children during this often stressful time. We would always recommend that at this stage the most important things are a well-planned out revision plan with breaks and relaxation built in, a good breakfast on the day of the exam and a good night’s sleep (no cramming the night before). The Exams team have produced an excellent booklet (Year 11 booklet can be found here & the Sixth Form booklet can be found here) for students which I would strongly recommend having a look at and talking through with your son/daughter. 
Hopefully you will have read the letter that was emailed to all parents concerning the planned new sports facilities at SWA. I would encourage you to take the time to read the documents and hopefully give your support to the development, which will provide fantastic facilities to both the school and the wider community. Please see the website for more details and how to respond to the consultation.
In football, all four of our boys teams have reached the District Finals with the U15s and U16s already this week winning their respective games to be crowned champions. The girls U16s await their County Cup final and we have also had success in cricket with the girls under 15s finishing third in the entire Eastern region.
Finally, I had a lovely email this week from the mum of a former student to tell us that her daughter, Megan Maxwell, has been selected to box for the Army, which at 17 is a fantastic achievement and makes her the youngest person on the team - we wish her luck!

Nick Martin
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
We are now two weeks into the new GCSE courses and the year group has applied itself extremely well to their new subjects and timetables. We are now officially GCSE students! If there are any changes to options, these requests must come from parents and carers and be directed to myself. Having said that, I hope the original choices are correct and all is well. Well done Year 9, let’s aim to get the best ever GCSE results at Samuel Whitbread Academy!
Mr O Daniels
We have now reached the Summer term in Year 10. It only seems like yesterday that I was welcoming you all to the school. As the time flies by your children progress quickly through their GCSE courses. The time has come to start the focused preparations for next summer’s examinations, with the first phase of this being next week’s mocks. All Year 10 pupils will be examined in English, Maths and Science. These examinations will follow the exact process of a real GCSE examination. Your children are expected to arrive at school, prepared for the days examination. All the information they need to know has been given to them via their tutor and an assembly. If you require more information please contact the tutor who will be happy to give you as much detail as you need.
The uniform and phone policy change has been an overwhelming success. The lack of phones during and between lessons has had an extremely positive effect on the learning environment within lessons and forced sociable interactions around the school site. This coupled with a noticeable smartening up of the student body will have a positive outcome which I hope will be evident after next summer’s examinations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at home who has helped facilitate and supported the school with this project.
Mr R Sinclair
As we approach the last few weeks we have noticed the really positive impact of the updated uniform policy and students across the school look very smart.  Thank you for your support in this matter, as Year 11 students are a role model for others so it really helps when they lead younger students. Students will need to ensure they maintain high standards of uniform as we approach the 26th May and they will also need to wear this during exam season.
In addition, the implementation of the phone policy has remarkably changed the school environment.  Students are more punctual to lessons, are more focused, interact with each other to a greater extent and teachers are finding students have much higher levels of concentration. Once again, thank you for supporting this. We are now finding that students see this as a positive move forward, even if they don’t admit it.  Should you need to get hold of your child outside of break or lunch time, we advise you to call the school reception.
We have entered the exam season and students will be issued with an exam booklet to help answer any questions that they have over the period.  It has really useful details should an emergency arise and will advise them regarding results collection.  Please keep a copy of this handy at home during the exam season.
Well we are nearly there, thank you so much for the support you have shown us, we could not have got this far without us all working together.
Miss N Kelly
Geography trip
The inaugural field trip for the new A-level took place last week in Wales. There were certainly four seasons in one day with some amazing scenery and a great effort from all students undertaking fieldwork to help them prepare for their Independent Investigation. We spent 2 days collecting human data in Tenby and Milford Haven, using iPads to record a range of information including mood and crime data.  Our other two days were spent on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, measuring sea defences and beach profiles, amongst other things. We stayed at the Dale Fort Field Studies Centre, using their teaching expertise and resources to facilitate a very successful week away. Well done to all involved!
Duke of Edinburgh
Photos from the Duke of Edinburgh at SWA expeditions can be found on Flickr here: DofE Photos
Bronze DofE Award
The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition season has started. Recently 60 students from Year 10 in the Academy spent an expedition training weekend in and around Henlow/Langford and Arlesey in preparation for their main expeditions in May and June. It was a very productive weekend with students learning essential outdoor survival skills such as planning and cooking meals, first aid, route planning and navigation, making camp and how to carry a 20Kg rucksack comfortably! Well done to all participants and thank you to the DofE staff team for their support in making this happen.
Bronze DofE – Year 9 students
The deadline for applications for Year 9 to apply to be part of the Bronze DofE award has been extended to 12th May 2017. So far we have had about 30 applications. This is an amazing opportunity for students; if they are unsure or tentative about applying or writing a letter of application (as per the letter); please ask them to come and see me and we can have a chat. I don’t want the process to put students off. I can be found in room 405 and my email is
The artist of the month award goes to Katie Rogers Year 11. The painting above is her final piece for the "Past, Presents and Furtures" unit. This is beatifully painted and we can't wait to see more of her work. Well done Katie!
After winning both the District and County girls 8 a side indoor cricket competitions, the U15 girls travelled to Leicester to play in the regional finals. As we arrived we were greeted by some very strong sporting schools including, The Leys and Norwich Grammar school. We knew the day would be tough, however we had a very strong side to match all comers.
After a disappointing first game, SWA had rid themselves of any nerves and were ready to take on the pre-tournament favourites The Leys School, boasting an England batter. Our tight bowling and improved fielding restricted The Leys to 100. In reply Ayesha Brown led the way with a well-made 20 not out and we returned a positive 87. Against such a strong unit, we were pleased to push The Leys in the way we did. In our final group game we batted first and recorded the highest score of any team in the day. 131 was a phenomenal score and one that couldn’t be beaten by our opposition. More runs for Ayesha as well as Talia, Paris and Danielle.
As placings after the league winners were worked out by net run rate, we managed to achieve 3rd place. This is a very good achievement considering so many of our side were made up of Year 9s in a Year 10 tournament. Well done to all girls, we are very proud.
A number of current and former SWA students represented Shefford & Sandy U17 boys hockey team recently in the Hoorn Under 17 Boys competition against teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand & Australia. Playing a brand of Hockey that mixed positive physicality with flair they won all of their round robin fixtures over the first two days to finish top of the league table, scoring 31 goals and conceding only one. The boys lost the final in a tense golden goal finale despite goals from Liam Stevens and saves from James Steer. Liam was voted by the coaches of the other teams as the Under 17s player of the tournament, a thoroughly deserved accolade, having scored 13 goals & lighting up the tournament with some sublime stick work.
Squad members included: James Steer, Ed De Luca, Liam Stevens, Joe Purslow, Ryan Devlin and ex-students Jack Chiswell (capt), James Morris, Bretton Woodhouse and Zach Christodoulou. Students interested in taking part in hockey outside school can contact
SWA had a fantastic start to the U14 and U15 Athletics season at Ridlins in the Hertfordshire league. The U15s came home with a 1st and 2nd placing which is a fantastic achievement with many stand out performances, especially Charlie Newton in the hurdles. The U14s had a tough round with the unfavourable weather conditions however it didn’t seem to faze them and all put in a great amount of effort to compete at their best, lots of positives for them to come away with and a few points to consider to get even better.
It was the first tournament of the rounders season for the Year 9s and what a great job the girls did, winning against Sharnbrook, BMS B and Sandy. A fantastic performance from all the girls with only one training session beforehand and the wins put us through to the Premier division for the league. Well done!
The Year 10 rounders team had a fantastic start to their season with two great wins over Bedford Free School and Bedford Academy. The girls’ batting skills were amazing with Mia Quint and Ellie Fox scoring several rounders each for the team and Danielle Vince and Abbie Hull were unstoppable as back stop and 1st base. Scores: SWA 9½ - 6½ BFS and SWA 8 - ½ BA.
The 6th form rounders team played a friendly against Bedford Modern School in the rain and hail. It was a very tight game and the score came down to the final innings. The SWA girls came away with a 12½ - 9½ win. There was some excellent batting from Megan Dennis and fantastic catches from Charlotte Fossey. Well done to all of the girls.
For the first time in Samuel Whitbread’s history, all four boys football teams have made it through to the District Finals. This is a fantastic achievement and shows just how far football has progressed in recent years at the Academy. In addition to this, we already have two boys and one girls team in County Cup finals with one more hopefully on their way after a semi-final on Monday.
U15 Football
U16 Football
In a rematch of last year’s final, a tense District Cup semi-final between SWA and Sharnbrook resulted in a 1-1 draw after normal time, Josh Adams with the goal from the subs bench. Not famed for their successful spot kicks after losing to the Welsh Champions in the Home Nations tournament last year, these boys stepped up and showed sublime professionalism, holding their nerve to net all 5 penalties, including goalkeeper Ryan Anderson successfully converting straight after saving one.
Into the District Cup final against Redborne at Kempston Rovers FC on Tuesday, the boys produced easily their best performance of the season in the biggest match yet, to defend their title from last year. Showing immediate dominance, SWA went behind against the run of play but this just spurred them into action and a wonder strike from captain Sam Beckwith drew us level at half time. The second half played out similarly to the first in terms of play, but the finishing and pressure of SWA proved too much as neat finishes from Josh Evans, Josh Adams, Jamie Parker and another sublime strike from Beckwith sealed a 5-2 victory.
This group of players have huge potential and with a County Cup semi-final (and hopefully final) to come, could win back to back County and District doubles. Next year should see the National Cup targeted as a real chance to gain national silverware.
Last Thursday a depleted boys football U16 squad, with last minute inclusions, took on a strong St Thomas More side in the semi-final of the District Cup. Whitbread created problems regularly for the visiting side with the midfield dominating possession, Joe Ryan and Sarah Woodbyrne working tirelessly. After several opportunities, Whitbread took the lead as with Colm Slingsby tapping in. Whitbread continued to dominate the first half and through a free-kick, Joe doubled the lead as he calmly slotted the set piece into the corner. Despite a second half fight back from Thomas More, Whitbread held their nerves to hang on to claim a 2-1 win. Nathan Huff in the Whitbread goal made a number of good saves as Whitbread ensured they just conceded the 1 goal.
In the final the squad came up against Redborne, who they had previously drawn with in the group stages. Back to full strength, the squad looked to dominate the game from the outset and gained complete control of the game; eventually being rewarded when Alex Moore opened the scoring from a Sam King corner. As Whitbread continued to press, Slingsby eventually doubled the lead before half time. Redborne spurred into life in the second half and started to control the game and were duly rewarded as a ball over the top was finished to peg Whitbread back. At a time when Whitbread needed some inspiration to steady the ship, Joe Ryan stepped up to the plate once again, lobbing the keeper from just inside the Redborne half with a truly remarkable strike. This kicked Whitbread back into gear and they again created opportunities at will, with Slingsby scoring a second half hat-trick to bag himself 4 goals in the game. SWA ended up 6-1 winners in a hugely impressive final performance.
In a truly dominant display Whitbread were superb, with every player stepping up and delivering an excellent performance. Dan Hammer was in fine form at right back as no-one got past him and he started a lot of the Whitbread attacks, with great link up play with the midfield and balls over the top for the likes of Ryan Lawrence and Ciaran Mahoney to latch onto. Amelia Hazard and Sarah Woodbyrne showed their class as they put in strong performances in the heart of the midfield.
BEST Rugby
A massive well done to the Robert Bloomfield Academy and Etonbury Academy girls who played some super rugby this week against a very strong Peterborough Rugby Club side. Some fantastic rugby on show from all our girls. Unfortunately Peterborough, who have finished their season unbeaten, remained that way last night playing some fast, dynamic rugby. An excellent game played in great spirit. #BEST
Junior Maths Challenge
Last Thursday 63 excited pupils took part in The Junior Maths Challenge set by UKMT based at the University of Leeds.  They consisted of 30 Year 8 pupils, 30 Year 7 and three Year 6. The challenge is aimed at the top 10% of mathematicians in the country and is sat under exam conditions and marked externally. The top 40% of all entrants will be awarded certificates and the top few progress to the next round. The challenge encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
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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