Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 66 (23/06/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 66 (23/06/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The exams are gradually coming to an end and students have coped incredibly well with the heat this week. I'm sure the students would like to join me in thanking everyone in the exams team and the army of invigilators who help to administer over 10,000 exam papers in the space of two months - which is truly an amazing feat.
A number of Year 10 parents have asked if we can recommend a particular text book for each course so they can purchase a copy to have at home. We are in the process of compiling this list for parents and will send out a link as soon as it is completed.
Last weekend we had around 90 students take part in their Duke of Edinburgh bronze expedition. Mr Edwards said the students were fantastic and with the exception of the odd burnt sausage and a few students going slightly off route - they did extremely well. There is a full write up below, with some great photos.
In the last newsletter I wrote about how much I enjoyed my evening at the Chicksands base. Last week, it was the turn of the Henlow base and I spent another enjoyable evening at their Annual Reception. This time the music was provided by the military marching Band and as the performance came to end - once again the iconic spitfire roared overhead!
We are soon to be gearing ourselves towards internal sports days and House Olympics, but there are one or two sporting competitions still up for grabs. The SWA athletes performed incredibly well this week against some incredible opposition and we have a host of new individual County Champions. Boys cricket is following the precedent set earlier in the season by the girls, both Year 9s and 10s with a 100% record in the District competitions and both hoping to make it to Twenty20 Finals Day at Bedford Modern School.
The weather this week has been unusually hot and humid and as I'm sure you are aware, Wednesday was the hottest day in June since 1976. We took the decision, in line with Robert Bloomfield and Etonbury, to allow students to wear their PE kit to school. I’m pleased to say that students responded incredibly well to these measures and we will certainly do this again if we experience temperatures in excess of 30 degrees!

Nick Martin
Year 10
As we approach the end of term we inevitably have the odd issue with uniform that we need to address. Our uniform policy aims to provide a way for students to show that they are proud to be part of our Academy and gives them a sense of belonging. In addition, as I‘m sure you agree, it reinforces the idea that a smart appearance contributes positively to the students’ attitude to work and study. It can also influence how the school is portrayed to the general public, the local community and visitors to the school. The vast majority of students follow the uniform rules and regulations perfectly, however, we currently seem to have a number of students’ shoes that are ‘broken’ or have ‘worn out’ and been replaced by canvas shoes or trainers. A few students have also started to wear tight fitting trousers and black denim jeans. We ask that these issues are addressed as soon a possible. The uniform policy also states that students should not have any facial piercings and we ask that if students do have facial piercings that they are removed. Clear studs are not acceptable. The tightening of the rules regarding mobile phones has been an overwhelming success and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the ongoing support in this matter.

Mr R Sinclair
Year 11
The GCSE exams are now over!  There were lots of smiley faces as we approached the last exams. We are incredibly proud of all the hard work put in and are sure our students will have done us proud.
Now all the Year 11s have to do is focus on the prom, which is only just around the corner with it being the 12th July.  Students have been collecting tickets and there are still some places for anyone wanting to come.  It is set to be a fantastic event.
Sixth Form Induction Day
The Sixth Form team look forward welcoming the largest number of applicants to the Sixth Form, on Induction Day on Friday 30th June. The day will begin in the main hall at 8.20am with an assembly presented by Mr Huckle. Applicants will then depart for an hour session with their new academic form tutor. The remainder of the day will include induction classes for the courses students have opted to take. Plenty of work will be issued in these sessions for completion over the summer holidays.  The day will end with a 15 minute session in the main hall with Mr Huckle.

Miss N Kelly
Year 12
Reminder to all Year 12 students and parents: As part of the Sixth Form agreement that students and parents signed when they joined the Sixth Form, all students need to be in registration at 8.20am with their tutor.  Students need to remain on school site until the start of lunch time.  If leaving school site at lunch time, or for appointments off of school site, students must sign out in the Sixth Form office.
Next Step Days
Year 12’s ‘Next Step Days’ are on 4th and 5th July. The plan of action for these days will be printed for each student and sent to all parents via email. This day will involve the following:
1) Presentation by Mr Huckle on the UCAS application process (university) and writing personal statements for applications.
2)  Presentation from the careers team on other opportunities other than university: apprenticeships, college courses, school leaver programmes, gap years etc.
3) Health awareness presentation
As part of the period 5 sessions on these two days, students will log on to the UCAS application site and register.

Mrs S Hoad
Duke of Edinburgh
Bronze DofE Award 2017
Over the last few months 58 students from SWA have been undertaking training for their expedition section of the Bronze Award. Last weekend (the hottest weekend of the millennium!), students and staff from SWA took to the hills and countryside of the Dunstable Downs around Ivinghoe in Buckinghamshire. Participants had to cope with some very hot and difficult walking conditions over the two days they were hiking – carrying equipment and food for the two days they were away. Groups walked anywhere between 25km and 35km over the two days. All who took part did an amazing job and were a credit to themselves and the Academy.
Gold DofE Award
We are running the Gold DofE in the next academic year for Sixth Form. Some have already started. If you are interested in taking part please contact Mr Edwards. for more details. You do not have to have completed the Silver level to take part.
Silver DofE Award 2016-2017
The Silver DofE award is starting in the next month, as with Gold you do not have to have completed the Bronze to take part. If you wish further information please contact Mr Edwards.
Last week the Year 9 Theatre Company performed their version of John Godber’s comedy ‘Teechers’.  The cast of over 20 students performed at an outstanding level and audience members commented on how professional our students were. The students first performed a section of the piece in the Christmas showcase and their development in confidence and skill was remarkable. It really was an exceptional evening and reflects the hours of hard work put in by the students. We are very proud of what they have achieved and we hope to stage another performance of the show.
Last Friday we had over 100 students participate in a Hand-On Roadshow led by Cambridge University. The day was to promote communication and problem solving skills, based on activities found on their NRICH website. Throughout the day students completed a number of activities that were designed to promote strategic thinking and stimulate mathematical curiosity.
The activities used can be found here
Last Tuesday the Young Engineers Club were lucky enough to be loaned two traction engines for the day. Immediately all the students had to get their hands dirty with the engines, as before a fire could be lit, the previous ashes, soot and fire residue had to be cleaned out. Once this was all scraped and shovelled out the fire could be lit. Attention was then turned to the brass work, many hands made quick work of polishing and before long the engines were gleaming in the sun. As soon as there was enough steam pressure, everyone had a go at driving the engines around the field. Lunchtime soon came and the jacket potatoes that had been previously placed in the smokebox were ready. They were yummy, served with cheese and beans. Mr Rayner also brought in his armoured car for the day. It was interesting to compare the massive technological developments between the two vehicles although they were built only 40 years apart.
The Artist of the Month goes to Niamh Coughlan Year 13. The above piece is part of the Year 11 and Year 13 exhibition in the Art department painted in oil paints on wood. Great work Niamh!
Boys Cricket
Year 9 cricket vs Bedford School
Bedford School is a very strong cricketing school that has produced many professional cricketers including former England captain Alistair Cook. Having won the County Cup for the past 10 years, we knew that we would be in for a very tough game. Having won our first 3 games in the District League the boys went into the game with confidence and good form. We lost the toss and were invited to bat. Captain Ben Stevens and Lucas Bhatti confidently strolled to the wicket ready to face the county bowling attack Bedford possessed. After a shaky start Ben scored quickly and was ably supported by Lucas. The boys begun to push the run rate and take increased risks, however it wasn’t until the 20th over that we lost our first wicket as Lucas was run out. Scoring 94-1 against Bedford School is an incredible effort and the two boys were exceptional. In the second innings the boys searched tirelessly to take wicket and after great pressure from Dan Butler, Lucas took the wicket. Bedford managed to win with 3 overs remaining however the boys can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
Year 9 cricket vs Sandy
Following the defeat to Bedford School the boys were keen to get back to winning ways against Sandy. Stand-in captain Jack Morgan stepped up to open the batting and with Lucas set about the Sandy bowlers with some positive intent. Both scored 50 runs and having to retire at 50 meant that Harry Butler got the chance to smash a few late runs and SWA ended on 152-0 off their 14 overs - a formidable total! In the field Mackie Crawford and Sean Theobald opened with tight control and threatening deliveries. After a few run outs man of the match Regan Marshall stepped up to claim 4 wickets for only 11 runs! Sandy were later bowled out for 54 meaning an SWA win by 98 runs. That should see us through to finals day prior to the last league game against Wootton. Congratulations boys!
Year 10 cricket vs Stratton
With a host of injuries and players away on a Geography trip, the beleaguered but confident Year 10s played a decent Stratton team in the blistering heat on Wednesday. Bowling first, SWA picked up regular wickets, including an excellent spell from George Dee, but a late flurry of runs saw Stratton score a strong 103 from their 16 overs. SWA could have seemed at one point to be losing their way, but a calculated run chase saw captain Oli Grist score a match winning 42 not out. It wasn’t without drama though. Needing 2 to win from the final ball of the game, Connor Stone and Grist scrambled two byes (following an overthrow) to see the boys jubilant knowing we have now qualified for finals day.
County Championships
On a warm summers evening at Bedford Athletics Stadium, a number of our Year 9 and 10 SWA students competed for Mid Beds in the County Athletics Competition.  In what was a very competitive event, with some outstanding athletes on show from all over Bedfordshire, our students performed admirably. Despite not claiming any county champions on the track, our students showed their expertise in the field, coming away with eight county champions. Well done to the following students on their new title of ‘Bedfordshire County Schools Athletic Champion’:
Cailin Prior – Hammer; Liam Holland – Javelin; Tom Litchfield – Discus & Hammer; Ellie Fox – Discus; Heidi Angell – Javelin; Lenny Pollock – Shot; Theo Ogonah – Hammer
Track and Field Cup Regional ‘A’ Final
Last Thursday, our Inter Boys and Girls team made the short trip to Bedford to compete in the ESAA Track & Field Cup competition. This is traditionally a very tough competition, and our region of East Anglia is without a doubt the strongest in the country, with 6 of the 12 National Final teams usually qualifying from the East Anglia area.  Therefore our boys and girls knew they were in for a tough day, but hoped that their hard work throughout the season would be enough to see them qualify for the final. There were some excellent individual performances during the day, Tom Litchfield throwing over 50m in the hammer, Liam Holland throwing 48m in the javelin and Josh Chew clocking a time of 11.4 in the 100m for the boys team. Chloe Ward threw near 30m for the girls in the Javelin and Charlie Newton took a time of 13.5 in the hurdles. However, despite this, both teams unfortunately missed out on a place in the National Final.  It has been a great season for athletics and this is particularly evident in the fact that both teams are ranked highly in the country, with the Inter Boys team doing particularly well in finishing the season with the 12th highest score in England!
U14 A vs B League game
The U14 rounders teams had to play each other in the league, a hard game for all to play against friends competitively. After a well fought first innings from the A team leading by 8 rounders, the B team took on board some constructive feedback from their first innings and played extremely well in the field for the 2nd innings with the A’s only adding 4 to their score. The B team came into bat with some great hitting placements however the A team  picked up everything taking the game 12-1.5. Well done to all!! Next game is against Mark Rutherford.
Sports Leaders
Samuel Whitbread has a strong tradition of volunteering and this has been evident this year with our excellent Sports Leaders. With our links to Redborne SSP we have been involved in a number of events including KS1 multi sports festivals, rugby festivals and athletics competitions. We have continued to help out at our local middle schools’ sports days and have had excellent feedback about the conduct of our students. We have recently sent students to Robert Bloomfield and Etonbury and will visit Henlow at the end of term.
Last Friday saw us host a KS1 tennis festival with over twenty sports leaders umpiring and encouraging Year 3 and 4 students to play their best on a very hot day. The atmosphere was fantastic and our leaders were complimented on their conduct from the partnership manager at Redborne SSP: “ I would like to thank the Leaders from Samuel Whitbread Academy who were very good umpires, supported all the teams and kindly stayed after school hours to allow us to play all the matches. Without support from Sports Leaders, we would wouldn't be able to organise all of the events within our competition calendar, so we are very appreciative of their time and effort."
Well done to all the sports leaders who have volunteered this year.

Mrs West
Congratulations to our Year 7 & 8 athletes last week who performed excellently at Bedford Track in the annual district competition. With schools from all over Bedford in attendance the Year 7 boys and Year 8 girls won the team events with eight individual District Champions.
The KS3 athletes did exceptionally well at the District Athletics Competition at Bedford Track. The Year 7 girls’ team won the whole competition. Well done to everyone who took part.
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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