Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 65 (09/06/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 65 (09/06/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

On the final day of half term, we said goodbye to Year 11 and 13 students in two final assemblies. These are always one of the high points of the year, where we get a chance to celebrate all their achievements at Samuel Whitbread over the past few years. We have a tradition at Samuel Whitbread for students to dress up on their final day and this year was a particularly humorous affair with guest appearances from Theresa May, Donald Trump and Mario Kart amongst others! The day was incredibly good natured as always and a fitting goodbye to all students who move onto pastures new.

Exams have continued this week with English, Maths and Science GCSEs all taking place, as well as a number of important A-Levels. Students, as always, have approached these with great levels of maturity and responsibility and we have no doubt this will be reflected in the results. Many of the invigilators are members of the local community and several have made a point of informing me how impressed they have been with the students’ behaviour.

On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending an annual Chicksands event where the base recognises the support, contribution and important relationship between itself and the local community. There was also a fantastic performance from the Royal Marines Military Band who seemed unfazed by playing in the rain, and there was even a flyby from a classic Spitfire plane. I was especially proud to see so many Samuel Whitbread students helping with the event and they looked particularly smart in their Cadet uniforms.

We have had two overseas trips in the last three weeks. The first, run by the MFL department, took Year 10 Spanish students to Barcelona to give them the opportunity to experience the language and culture first hand. As well enjoying experiencing the local cuisine, students were treated to a trip to Gaudi’s Park Guell. The second of these trips arrived back this morning after a 16 hour overnight coach journey following a packed week of activities in Switzerland and France, including walking on a 3000m glacier, visiting the United Nations and viewing Mont Blanc from the Aiguille du Midi. They also had the pleasure of experiencing fondue!

We have continued sporting success into the summer season, with our U15 girls cricketers adding to their County Indoor Championship victory earlier in the year by winning the outdoor County Schools Cup. They will now go on to represent the school at the regional finals once again. Well done girls.

Nick Martin
Year 9
You will be aware from previous communications as well as the student calendar that the Year 9 Progress Review Evening is on Thursday 13th July 2017 from 3.15pm-7.00pm. This is an opportunity for you to come along to Samuel Whitbread Academy to meet with your son/daughter’s subject teachers and discuss their progress across the curriculum.  You can also book an appointment with Thomas Rowell (SENCO).  Members of the Learning Support department will also be on hand to deal with any issues you may have.
The booking system opens on Thursday 29th June 2017 for you to book your appointments with your child’s subject teachers online here
We are hoping to break the record high attendance that Year 9 set at the meet the tutor afternoon.

Mr O Daniels
Year 10
I am excited to have lots of positive conversations with members of Year 10 about their results from the mock exams. Please reinforce these conversations with your children at home. Some pupils will have doubts about their ability or knowledge after these results. It is important that the message is put across that they have time to improve all results and that they need to simply listen to what their teacher tells them, follow the instructions they are given and ask as many questions as possible. 
I hope that this last half term is as successful as the rest of the year. This year group is now at the top of the main school and with this they must take the responsibility seriously. The next 12 months is the most important in their school life so far. Thank you for your on-going support. Together we will ensure the collective success for all members of this year group.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 11
The Year 11 Prom takes place on Weds 12th July at Knebworth Barns. Carriages arrive at 7-7.30pm and depart at 11.30pm. It is a gated entrance to the venue – students will be emailed the key code a week before the event.

Miss N Kelly
MFL Barcelona Trip
Before half term, Year 10 Spanish students enjoyed a packed five days in Barcelona. They undertook a mammoth four hour Spanish lesson, which provided an exciting opportunity for them to develop their ability to converse with native speakers and broaden their familiarity with vocabulary. During the trip students were able to explore the gothic architecture of the city with a walking tour and visits to Gaudi’s Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia. There was also the obligatory visit to Camp Nou! There are some great photos of our adventures on Twitter @SwaBarcelona.

 The students were excellent ambassadors for the school, and dealt admirably with the incredibly hot weather!
Performing Arts
Year 9 students have worked hard to bring you a performance of Teechers on Thursday 19th June at 7pm in the Theatre. Adults £4 Concessions £3 and SWA students £2.
Duke of Edinburgh
Gold Award

Just before half term Katherine Heredge and Hannah King travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards (the first ever students from Samuel Whitbread to do so) from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Massive congratulations to them both, we are very proud of them. If any students are interested in taking this award, please see Mr Edwards.
Geography Swiss Trip
Only a few hours ago 33 Year 10 students returned from a very successful Geography fieldtrip to Switzerland.
Travelling by coach, we stayed in Leysin and went on various trips out to places including Glacier 3000 - a suspension bridge between two 3000m peaks with fantastic views over the Alps, Nestle and Gruyere factories, with lots of opportunities for tasting, the Emosson Dam and Mer de Glace glacier.  This year we also visited the United Nations in Geneva - an excellent addition to the trip, fitting in well with the new GCSE specification and a definite hit with the students. Overall, the trip was a fabulous experience for all involved, with many learning opportunities throughout and students who were a credit to themselves and the school.
The Artist of the Month goes to Year 9 Freya Rutt. Above are three pieces of Freya's work; a pencil study of a Henry Moore sculpture, a pencil study of her own photograph and a ink and wax piece  inspired by Henry Moore's underground drawings. This is a great start to your GCSE course Freya, well done!
Boys Cricket
The Year 9 cricket team have been training incredibly hard in preparation for this summer’s season. Having been defeated by the weather on more than one occasion, we have currently only played one game which was in the first round of the County Cup against Denbigh. Batting first we struggled on a tricky pitch but through some strong striking from Lucas and Dylan, we managed to score a competitive 79. An early introduction of spin with Max turning the ball a long way with great control, supported extremely well by Mackie and Dylan SWA came back into the game. Denbigh needed 15 from the final 2 overs with 3 wickets left, and captain Ben Stevens introduced Jack Morgan which turned out to be an inspired decision. In an incredible 3 balls, Jack had claimed a hat trick and had won the game for SWA. Really looking forward to the 2nd round against Bedford School (they have won the competition for the last 10 years!) where we hope to cause a major upset!

Watch Jack Morgan's hat trick here.
Girls Cricket
After successfully winning the County Indoor Championship, the girls team went into the county outdoor competition as the team to beat! Playing a strong Stockwood Park first up was tough, knowing only a win was good enough, but batting first SWA registered 69 off 7 overs mainly down to the destructive batting of Paris Musgrove and Tabitha Brown. In the field we had to bowl well to win and with all girls having to bowl one over, it is very much a team effort. SWA bowled with great discipline and control and restricted Stockwood to 33 in reply. The second game saw the girls successfully beat Denbigh to set up a semi-final vs Cedars, where they produced the most complete fielding performance of the day taking all eight wickets for just 19 runs! There were incredible catches from Becca Maxwell and Paris, enabling Chloe Ward and Tasha Stokes-Collis to knock the runs off and set up a final against Sharnbrook.
Batting first, SWA scored 49-2 off our 7 overs which was a solid score against a strong attack that boasted many county cricketers - excellent batting from captain Danielle Vince and Tabitha provided the majority of runs. In the field we were again outstanding, with great bowling from Jess and Tasha meaning SWA restricted Sharnbrook to 29 giving us a 20 run victory and the title of County Champions. Next stop regional finals in Essex! Congratulations girls!
The Sixth Form team played in a Bedfordshire mixed charity rounders tournament. The team won both games in their round to get to the semi-finals. They enjoyed another fantastic performance, with some excellent play from Emily Onagoruwa. In an incredibly hard fought final against Sharnbrook, SWA showed great teamwork but ended up finishing runners-up.
Player of the day was Emily Onagoruwa.
Year 9 Rounders practice has been a hive of activity ever since the first session after Easter with over 50 students turning out on a Tuesday afternoon. So far the A, B and C team have all played matches this term and are incredibly proud of each and every pupil whom is striving to their best. The very enthusiastic B and C team played Etonbury Year 9 and 8s in a friendly competition. They played extremely well against two very strong sides. The B team won both their matches with Megan Sawyer taking player of the match, she has a very consistent arm and some great hitting into the deep field. Monica Steeley was player of the match for a plethora of amazing catches and unbelievable fielding. We look forward to more matches after May half term for all teams!
Rehearsals are going very well for this year's production of Peter Pan. Keep an eye out for further details!
The KS2 girls attended the County Football Finals after being crowned District Champions earlier in the year. The girls came away with silver medals after achieving 2nd place overall, a fantastic achievement. Well done girls.
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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