Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 64 (19/05/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 64 (19/05/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks at Samuel Whitbread. The students in Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form have continued with their exams and their behaviour and attitude has been exceptional - as always. We’ve had two big exams for Year 11 involving almost every student in the year group taking GCSE biology and chemistry, which both went really smoothly. Next week the exams will be in full swing with the first papers in both maths and English and next Friday will be the start of study leave for both Year 11 and Year 13. Students and staff are busy planning their costumes for the final day!
The new policy on mobile phones is working well and students have responded in a responsible and mature manner – many students have mentioned that they now realise how much they looked at their phones without realising and that they now concentrate more in lessons without the constant distraction of a buzzing mobile. Uniform has also improved considerably in the last few weeks and I’d like to thank parents for all your support on this matter. There is a tradition at Samuel Whitbread for Year 11 students to stop wearing their uniform once study leave begins, however, with the new rules on safeguarding we are now insisting that students continue to wear their uniform whenever they attend school so that they are instantly identifiable as a Samuel Whitbread student.
We’ve also had two fantastic weeks of sport with County Cup finals in boys football following the previous fortnight’s District Cup finals. SWA’s football teams now hold an impressive five of the possible eight trophies across all age groups in boys football across the county. Not only has the sport on display been played to an incredibly high standard – the way in which students have conducted themselves on the pitch has also been just as impressive. This many awards is clearly a remarkable achievement and I would like to congratulate all the staff, parents and students for another fantastic year!

Nick Martin
Year 10
Year 11
We have come to the end of the Year 10 mock exams. This experience has brought out the best in the year group. I have seen your children go through an obvious change over the last two weeks. There is a positive, focused attitude bursting out of every Year 10 I have come into contact with. At the start of the examination period I challenged the year group to achieve the following things: to be organised and punctual; to approach every challenge with maturity and an open mind; attend every examination; prepare to the best of their ability and accept the pressures that are associated with formal examinations. I am delighted to report that the vast majority of pupils were able to meet these challenges and appear to have excelled in their first formal examination process at Samuel Whitbread Academy.
The mock examination results will be issued to all pupils by their form tutor in a sealed envelope on 13th June. This will give them an insight into the results process they will experience after their GCSE examinations next year.
Could you please remind your children that they may well have finished their first round of mock exams but we still have eight weeks of structured, vitally important lessons before the summer holidays. Let’s take the recent drive and motivation forward for the remainder of a very successful year.
Mr R Sinclair
We are almost there!  Year 11 students have definitely made a positive change toward adulthood and during the last few weeks it has been my pleasure to work with such a fantastic bunch of individuals. We are in full swing for the exams and I know first-hand that students are going into the exams confidently and coming out feeling positive. 
At this point there isn’t much to say, however, as I look at the year group in various situations, I am very proud of them all and very excited about giving them an amazing send off in their leavers assembly next Friday.
Thank you for your on-going support, we really couldn’t have got this far without your help!
Miss N Kelly
High Attainers
On Tuesday 15 of our Year 10 students had the opportunity to visit Wadham College at the University of Oxford. The aim of the day was for students to gain a better understanding of university life and the all-important entry requirements. They began the day testing their knowledge on what they already knew about Oxford and university life – where Samuel Callaghan shone with his impressive array of knowledge. Once they had gotten over the shock of realising how expensive the tuition fees are they then experienced their first seminar. One group learnt about studying music at university; where Mr Smethurst was in his element despite the shock that Liam did not know who the Beatles were! The other group learnt about the importance of genetic diversity focusing on how researchers are trying to save the Clouded Leopard population across Asia. Students were then able to visit the Natural History Museum where they were able to have a hands on approach to biology with the girls showing buckets of confidence holding the cockroaches. All students were excellent role models for the school and made a positive first impression at their possible future university.
Learn CPR
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust Resuscitation Department are offering training for parents/ families/ carers on the days below, no need to book, just turn up and learn!
Click here to find out more.

Engineering students from Years 9 & 10 where invited to participate in the Shuttleworth de-Havilland Moth Club Bi-Plane Event two weeks ago. Students listened to a fascinating talk from members of the de-Havilland Moth Club, about the history of the plane from its first design to where it is today. Students were invited to take part in the competition element of the event where they had to build a glider made from different materials and that fitted within a certain size in their own time. We had 6 winners from those that took part, each winning a flight in a vintage bi-plane at the de-Havilland Moth Clubs flying day, being held at Shuttleworth in June: Lewis Smart, Joe Febery-Watts, Ronnie Payton, Finlay Luxford, Lara Cousins and Emilia Beian.
Year 10 Engineering students took part in an RAF sponsored STEM day at Shuttleworth. Our students went up against other schools from around the region in a day all about flight. They had talks from RAF personnel together with volunteers from Shuttleworth about the history of flight, from conception to where we are today, followed by a tour of the hangars with a talk given by the owner, James Brown of the Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 R4118. Students took part in two activities, the first where they had to make a holder that could take an egg and drop from a height and land it intact. The second activity was to build the tallest structure that could withstand the weight of a piece of wood on top without it breaking or falling over. The activities were designed to get the students to show their teamwork and communication skills and to problem solve in the most cost effective and timely manner. Samuel Whitbread students Rosie Wilson, Emilia Beian, Grace Jackson-Locke, Tia Scarlett and Jade Gow won both events and where awarded goody bags from the RAF.
Team Scooby
The Racing season has got off to a great start, with the team winning 'Best Presented Team' award. Last Wednesday the new Year 9 'rookie' team together with our long-serving students - Emilia DeLuca and Hettie Rogers - travelled to Rockingham for the season opener. For many of the students this was the first time that they had ventured out onto a race track. The day consisted of a practice session followed by two 1 ½ hour races. Under the watchful eyes of Hettie and Emilia the team learnt the ropes of driver changes and adjustments to the cars between the sessions. Overall on the day Scooby came 8th and Scooby2 came 10th overall.

As the season starts, we are sadly saying goodbye to Hettie and Emilia, having been part of the team for six seasons they are now moving onto pastures new, Hettie will be starting her engineering apprenticeship with Rolls Royce in Bristol and Emilia is off to Coventry University to study motor sport. We wish them the very best with the next stage of their lives and thank them for their dedication and commitment to the club.

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Contact Mrs Debbie Hill for links, appointments and information:

The artist of the month award goes to Leanne Richardson Year 13. The painting above is one of many pieces of artwork you will be able to see in the Art and Design exhibition. Well done Leanne, this is a really striking piece piece of work.
U14 Football
U15 Football
U18 Football
After the disappointment in the District cup last week, it was onto the County Cup final for the Year 9’s. The boys faced Redborne on the Wixams 3G surface on Tuesday evening in some seriously tough conditions. The team didn’t let this faze them at all, and stuck to the plan of how we wanted to play. Some excellent football saw us take a 2-0 half time lead with Matt Moloney scoring both goals, this lead to a very positive half time team talk and much of the same during the second half. An early goal was vital for SWA to ensure we stayed in control of the match, and Matt Moloney completed his hat trick within 3 minutes. The game was finally wrapped up with a well-placed goal by Josh Eytle with 10 minutes left to play. An excellent performance by a team that were very deserving of a trophy this season.
In a fiercely competed U15 County Cup Final against rivals Sharnbrook on an excellent surface at Etonbury Academy, both teams struggled to really dominate the game in the first 10 mintues, and it was going to be much of the same for the entirety of the match. SWA opened the scoring through an own goal but were pegged back before half time. The boys stepped up in the second half and eventually sealed the win through an excellent Samuel Beckwith cross and  fantastic glancing header by Josh Adams. These boys have now won the District and County Cup double two years on the trot and will be hungry to repeat it next season for a clean sweep, something never achieved before by any team.
Girls Football
Super effort from our Year 9 girls football team who travelled to St Neots to play Longsands Academy last week.
Outstanding effort from Paris in goal making immense saves and Cailin in defense who held the line well. An excellent goal from Georgina brought us back to 2-1. Sophie hit the crossbar twice and Tash hit the woodwork with an epic free kick. Tabby was voted players player for her endless energy and commitment.
Well done all the girls, good luck next season.

Following disappointment in the County Cup final the previous week, SWA U18s were determined to come away with some silverware in the District Cup Final vs Wootton at Kempston Rovers. In what was a very closely fought match, both teams struggled to break the deadlock. It took until the 60th minute for SWA to take the lead through a long distance strike by Charlie Scott. Two minutes later Scott doubled the lead with a smart finish on the edge of the 6 yard box, and on 75 minutes the 3-0 victory was completed with Liam Phillips getting a well deserved goal.
This week saw Year 9 A and B teams travel to play Bedford Girls School in one of their toughest matches of the season. The girls improved throughout the fixture and came away with a much deserved win against the B team.
Well done to the Year 5 boys football team who were this week crowned County Champions. They won every game at the County Finals and didn't concede a single goal all day
Well done to the Year 7 & 8 girls football team who competed in the County Football Finals on Tuesday. The girls played some fantastic football and finished as runners up. Unfortunately their only defeat came in the first game to the eventual winners Queensbury 2-1 in a very close game.
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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