Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 67 (21/07/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 67 (21/06/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy as another eventful year comes to an end. In the last few weeks we’ve had our Year 8 and Year 12 induction days, which have gone extremely well with over 400 students in Year 8 and an amazing 350 students applying to the Sixth Form. It was fantastic to see the prefects leading the Y8 induction programme and to see how proud they are of their school. We also had a photoshoot this week with students in the new blazers and ties for next year’s prospectus (please see below) and several people commented on smart they looked!

The Year 11 and Year 13 Proms took place last week and both events went extremely well. There was the usual array of limousines, Rolls Royces and classic cars as well as a vintage E-Type and even a 1972 Mustang. The boys looked great in their brand new suits and so did the girls in their spectacular prom dresses. The bouncers made a point of saying to me before I left how much they enjoy the Samuel Whitbread Proms because the atmosphere is so friendly and the students get on so well together. I would like to thank the Year 11 and 13 teams for organising two such well-planned and well-executed events.

With a staff of over 200 people at the academy we always find ourselves saying goodbye to staff who are retiring or moving on to pastures new at this time of year and the leavers section below has a write up on each member of staff. Many of the staff have been at the academy for several years and will be greatly missed. I’m pleased to inform you that we are fully staffed for September and have made some fantastic appointments – particularly in English which is looking to be probably the strongest team we have ever had in English.

One of the highlights of the year is the Summer Arts Festival and this year was no exception. The performances ranged from dance to drama and from music to art. The talent on display was truly astounding and once again we had welcomed performances from our neighbouring middle and lower school, as well as community choirs. The event seems to get bigger and better every year and I’d like to thank everyone involved in organising such a successful event.

The weather last week meant we had to postpone the Y9 and Y10 sports days to the final week of term – immediately followed by the House Olympics (see pictures below). This is one of the highlights of the year and one of the few times that the whole school comes together to celebrate. The athletics on display was truly impressive and I’m always amazed by how talented our students are – which seems to get stronger every year!

This week we had the unexpected pleasure of hosting the Robert Bloomfield Leavers Celebration and Disco. It was fantastic to see the students receive their awards and enjoy the disco that followed. We were lucky with the weather and so had plenty of space for the parent BBQ run by the RBA PTA.
Finally, a number of parents asked for a list of recommended textbooks for each subject so they could purchase a copy for their son or daughter to have at home. We have therefore built a new page on the website with all the relevant information.

We hope you have a fantastic summer and look forward to seeing students fully refreshed in September!

Nick Martin
Year 9
I would like to thank Year 9 students for an incredible start to their careers at Samuel Whitbread. The enthusiasm, effort and attitude shown by students has been excellent and this will stand them in good stead going forward. In the end of year assembly on Friday I said my goodbyes and thanked the students for all their kind wishes - they are certainly a year group I will not forget. I know, with the same level of focus and enthusiasm they will continue to be brilliant and an incredible asset to the school and the community. I would also like to thank you as parents for all the support you have given the year team and your children this year. I hope you all have a fantastic summer and I look forward to hearing the students' successes and progress in the future.

Mr O Daniels
Year 10
Well done to our students for a year full of success and improvements. I have seen some fantastic progress and many students maturing into thoughtful young adults. September will bring new challenges, pressures and focuses for the whole year group and therefore it is incredibly important students use these six weeks to rest and enjoy the rest of the summer before coming back refreshed and raring to go. Well done this year.

Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
A big well done to these year 12 students for securing two or more excellent attitudes to learning in their last report. This hard work and effort in accordance with the Sixth Form ethos will assist them in achieving their targets, exceeding their targets and achieving their future aspirations. A big pat on the back is needed. Well Done.
Wiktoria Adamska, Luke Anthony, Sam Bignell, Crystal Birkumshaw, Juliette Bontoux, Chloe Brightwell, Max Brown, Georgia Buck, Chloe Burr, Kate Chappel, Max Chappel, Matthew Clark, Hannah Codd, Jack Cole, Matthew Connors, Ben Daniels, Kieran Drakes, Olivia Duggan, Lucy Edwards, Chloe Emery, James Evans, Juliet Evans, Rachael Evans, Charlie Everall, Chloe Freer, Sadie Goodrum, Tara Gudgin, Kate Halford, Maisy Harris, Olivia Harrison, Amy Holloway, Anton Homer, Aislinn Hopkins, Jack Hutson, Megan Jones, Jacob Duty, Sasa Kovacs, Natasha Law, Lois Mayor, Charlie Meek, Charlotte Mitchell, Elizabeth Navarro, Charlie Oakley, Maya Ogonah, Emily Onagoruwa, Matt Parry, Kizzy Plumb, Sarah Presland, Victoria Sales, Katie Saunders, Reanne Seamarks, Lewis Sharp, Charmaine Smethurst, Natalie Smith, Skye Smith, Alistair Sutherland, Jack Szeto, Georgia Tarttelin, Alex Thorne, James Thurlby, Sophie Tonkin, Connor Underwood-Gillings, Emily Welham, Max Whittle, Billy Wong, Megan Wooley, Luke Yexley and Charlotte Young.

Mr L Huckle
The Young Engineers have been busy in the past few weeks. We have undertaken a world tour encompassing Sussex, Northumberland and Wales. At the end of June, we travelled down to Goodwood for a series of races at a traditionally hard circuit with all of the top teams competing. In the Formula 24 race Scooby Too finished just outside the medals in 4th, the highest position we have ever finished at Goodward. The Sixth Form team finished 7th and 8th in their race, finishing in front of Jaguar Landrover graduates.

The next trip was up to Croft near Darlington, where horrendous conditions made driving very difficult as the rain lashed down. Despite this, ‘Scooby Too’ achieved first place in the first race. Emilia De Luca took Scooby out for the 6th form race. The weather had turned from bad to worse and despite spinning off she managed to hang on to take 3rd place and a medal. This was a great finish to her five years of racing for Team Scooby.

The ‘World Tour’ then went to Wales with only two races but a lot to prove and Sandbach School were there with their two very competitive cars! In the first race, things started very well with both cars up at the head of the pack. Both Scooby and Scooby Too held on to take first and second places! A great result and well worth the extra traveling. Well done everyone who has been involved, have a good break and bring on Dunsfold Park in September!!!

Moon Rocks
As part of our summer celebration SWA was fortunate enough to secure one set of moon rocks on loan from NASA.  Students were able to touch and feel a variety of moon rocks which were collected on the Apollo missions and meteors that have landed on Earth.  One of the highlights was discovering that one of the meteors was used as jewellery in Tutankhamun’s scarab, though the real prize was a meteor that landed on Earth which has been carbon dated to over 4.7 billion years old – which means that our students have been able to hold in their hands the oldest rock not only on this Earth, but also the oldest rock in our Solar system!
As part of our summer celebration SWA was fortunate enough to secure funding from Amazon.  With this funding we were able to book in a mobile planetarium and deliver sessions to the whole of year 9.  In these session students discovered about weightlessness, constellations and the birth and death of stars, and due to popular demand a lunch time session was put on for staff and the rest of the school.
Afternoon Tea
The Years 10s carried out an afternoon tea for their family and friends last week. Students were taken off timetable for the day to complete three dishes, display them as an afternoon tea and during period 5 family and friends came in to see their hard work. Both classes were amazing and were very tired at the end of it all due to all their hard work! Also a big thank you to those who gave the students support.
Students should keep in mind 4YP ahead of results day, especially if any advice on next steps, apprenticeships or future employment is needed.
Business Cereal Challenge
Over the past month the Year 9 Business Studies students have been working on a project to create a new product for Jordans. All students presented in their class heats and the winners from each were put forward to the ‘Best-of-the-Best round’.  Today, we held the finals. Six groups went head to head, presenting their ideas to two Jordans representatives. All the presentations went faultlessly with confidence and knowledge. It was a tough decision but eventually they decided the winning team were EYERINNAS CEREAL. A massive well done to Erin Mansford, Sydney Cromarty and Annabel Walker from 9B. Jordans could see how they could develop the idea further to create a marketable product. As a prize the team have been offered work experience at their site in Biggleswade.
All teams were amazing so a massive congratulations to them all.
Design Technology
Year 10 and Year 13 DT&E Resistant Materials students visited Chilfen Joinery in Letchworth last week. The company are frequently commissioned to design and manufacture bespoke projects. One project they are currently working on is the new restaurant being installed at Heathrow Airport for Gordon Ramsey. You will often see their work in London, ranging from restaurants, offices and homes. The students had a presentation from a current employee ‘James’ who has been through the apprenticeship scheme. They were able to ask questions about the company and the apprenticeships that they offer. Mr Mark Scarr from Hawk Training gave further information on the different apprenticeships available to students from 16 years onwards. All students enjoyed the visit and it gave them food for thought about their possible careers and future employment. Many thanks to Michelle Dear, MD, Chilfen Joinery for this opportunity.
We would like to thank all the tutor groups and staff that helped to make Tafo Day a great event. We raised £1245.57, which will go towards supporting our sponsored student at our sister school in Ghana and also give them the funds to replace furniture and computers in the school.
Summer Arts
Last week SWA hosted another incredibly successful Summer Arts Festival, with five different stages across the school site, over 250 students taking part and 500+ parents enjoying the incredible array of performances displayed.
The last Artist of the Month of the academic year goes to Chloe Thorne 10E for her pencil drawing of a teddy bear.
Last Monday the Year 9 and Year 10 boys cricket teams were involved in the Twenty20 District Schools Finals Day at Bedford Modern School. The Year 9s were drawn against Biddenham in the first semi-final with and after winning the toss, put Biddenham into bat and managed to bowl them out for 56. Great bowling from Regan Marshall who claimed 4 wickets. In the run chase we successfully achieved this for the loss of one wicket thanks to Lucas Bhatti and Ben Stevens’ powerful batting. Redborne were the cup final opponents and decided to bat first against us, but great skill and control from SWA restricted Redborne to 73 and gave us a real opportunity to be district champions. Lucas and Ben started well and we lost our first wicket with the score on 61. With the majority of the work done it was left for Dan Butler to knock off the winning runs to secure the win. It was a great season for these boys who trained extremely hard. Congratulations to the whole squad this year who have had great fun, practiced a lot and enjoyed winning. (Lucas Bhatti, Ben Stevens, Jack Morgan, Dan Butler, Harry Butler, Dylan Woodcock, Max Whitaker-Mead, Ben Hopkins, Regan Marshall, Sean Theobald, Joe Lawson and Mackie Crawford). The Year 10s were not so lucky despite being undefeated in the league season, the boys narrowly lost in the semi-final to Sharnbrook to relinquish their District crown from last year.
House Olympics
The House Olympics is the final event in the house calendar with the whole school watching a range of athletics events. The atmosphere was excellent with all students cheering on their house in every race. Performing in front of 1,000 students is daunting however the standard of performance was outstanding. Many students displayed why we are so talented at athletics with many school records being beaten during the event. After the 100m, 200m, 300m and relay it was the showcase event – the staff relay! With Whishaw having won the previous 3 years it was no surprise to see Mr Johnson cross the line for a 4th time as Whishaw team of Mrs Walker, Mr Goldman, Miss Bibby and Mr Johnson won the race again. Sadly for Whishaw it wasn’t enough to see them win the whole event as Olivier had claimed more points in all competitions and were deserving winners. Thanks to all students and staff for a very memorable occasion!
Sports Days
Year 9 sports day was a huge success with many forms picking a theme or fancy dress. With so much colour on the field students took part in some unusual events that you may not see in other schools; Welly Wang, Space Hoppers, Bean Bag throwing and Frisbee throw being some of the alternative stations. After break they took part in relays and three legged races following up with the traditional tug of war competition. Two individuals were recognised by the PE department for outstanding performances and Jess Cooke and Matt Moloney were deserving winners. The winners of the form event were 9Q who were excellent throughout the day.

In the year 10 competition there were some excellent outfits that were worn and some great class spirit. It was really good to see students cheering on each other, especially in the tug of war at the end of the day. The two students recognised for outstanding performance were Annie Mcmillan and Lenny Pollock. The winning form class were 10G who were excellent throughout!

Oli Daniels
Mr Daniels has been a member of staff at Samuel Whitbread for 13 years. In his stay Mr Daniels has been a role model to many and has taught over 5000 students. In recent times he has taken through a year group from Year 9 to 11 and has had a positive impact on so many of his students. I am pleased to announce that Mr Daniels is leaving SWA to take up an assistant headship at a school in Surrey as he relocates to live with his fiancée (soon to be wife!). We wish Mr Daniels every success in his next role as well as good luck for the wedding next week!
Beth Kirkman
We’re very sorry to be saying goodbye to Beth Kirkman who has been a much loved and valued and member of the ICT and Computer Science department since 2006.  Her dedication and hard work as well has her tireless support of students have benefited the school a great deal. Knowing many of our students’ families personally, Beth often went out of her way to help support students in lots of different ways, both academically and pastorally; she will be greatly missed. We wish Beth all the best for what I’m sure will be a successful move to Etonbury Academy.
Nick Kozuch
Nick Kozuch is leaving after 15 years at Samuel Whitbread Academy. During Nick’s time as the Music Technician, he has provided excellent technology support for all major school events across the academic year. Nick set up the A Level Music Technology course several years ago, and is the subject leader for this area. Nick’s Music Technology results are outstanding. This is down to his excellent subject knowledge and amazing rapport that he builds with his students. Due to his superb industry experience, he is able to inspire his students in a way that no-one else can. He is leaving us to continue his role in the studio and we wish him the best for the future.
Adam Billington
After five years teaching electronics at SWA, Adam Billington will be leaving us at the end of term to take up a new position as Head of Department at Challney Boys School. We thank him for all the hard work and being an active member of the DT&E department. We wish him all the best for the next stage of his career.
Celia Trenchard
Ms Trenchard is leaving the DT&E department to take a well-deserved retirement. We thank her for the dedication and support she has shown to the students and the department alike, and wish her well in her new found freedom
Michelle Lawson
The Science department are saying goodbye to Michelle Lawson this year and we would like to thank her for all her efforts and wish her all the best in developing her new business venture.
Stuart Mattinson
Stuart Mattinson joined the department last September and during that time has got to grips with the new English GCSE's and the English way of life. He has formed good relationships with his students and has been able to offer them a unique, Antipodean perspective on many aspects of their learning. Stuart is leaving Samuel Whitbread but is determined not to leave the teaching profession. He will be missed by staff and students alike and we wish him all the best in his new adventures.
Nicola Kelly
Nicola Kelly has been at SWA for ten years. As Head of Drama she led an outstanding department, with many students off to professional acting industry jobs. She has been an exceptional Head of Year for the past three years. During her time at SWA she taught Drama, English and Business Studies. She is off to The Priory in Dunstable as assistant head teacher and we wish her success in her new job.
Claire Denny
A great loss to the Business Studies department, we’re all very sorry to be saying goodbye to Mrs Denny who started here as HoD in 2010. Since then, the department has gone from strength to strength. The students, in particular, will miss all the support she provided at lunchtimes and after school. We would all like to thank Mrs Denny for her tireless dedications and wish her every success as she moves on to Sharnbrook Upper School to continue as subject leader.
Helen Hodgson
We will be very sorry to say goodbye to Helen Hodgson this year.  She has run our specialist provision for children with ASD and has wealth of experience working with young people with SEND. We will really miss her calmness, her wisdom and most of all her constant advocacy for the young people that she has supported over the years. We are so grateful to her for the genuinely life changing work that she has done in our school.
Abby Hampstead
Abby Hampstead has been with us for three years. She has had such a positive impact on both the MFL Department and the students studying French and Spanish. We all loved her enthusiasm for teaching and ability to inspire all students, including continuing Spanish to A-Level. She will be terribly missed, good luck in the future!
Sarah Maynard
Sarah Maynard is leaving us after eight years with the pastoral team. She has made a real difference to the lives of many of our students and will be very much missed. She is embarking on a teaching course with the aim of becoming a SENCO. We wish her the best of luck with her future career.
Kat Allen
The Science department are saying goodbye to Kat Allen this year and we would like to thank her for all her efforts and wish her good luck in her new adventure at Henlow Academy.
Helen Bibby
Mrs Bibby has been here at Samuel Whitbread since 2002 and will leave a great hole in the Business Studies department. She has contributed a great deal here at Samuel Whitbread; apart from successfully teaching and supporting students within the department, Mrs Bibby has supported countless students and families in the various pastoral roles in Years 9, 10 and 11, as well as in the Sixth Form. Mrs Bibby has been a much valued and appreciated member of staff and we wish her every success as she moves on to The Knights Templar School.
Ben Clark
We’re sorry to be saying goodbye to Ben Clark, he’ll be greatly missed by students and staff alike. He has been teaching ICT and Computer Science at Samuel Whitbread since 2010 and we're all going to miss his natural enthusiasm; he has contributed a great deal. We all wish him every success in his new role as Head of Department at Harlington Upper School.
Ben Morris
Ben Morris has been an outstanding teacher of English at Samuel Whitbread for a number of years. Several students have gone onto study English at university no doubt largely due to his passion, enthusiasm as a role model in the classroom. In the last two years he has been Head of English and we wish him success as he moves onto a new, exciting role in St Albans.
Simon Law
The Science department are saying goodbye to Simon Law who is retiring at the end of this year from the Science prep room. Simon has been with SWA for seven years and has been a popular member of the team, we all wish him all the best with his next adventure.
Maria Male
Maria has been an amazing tutor and classroom teacher, working with a range of students to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed. In addition she has been a valued member of the department, always one to offer to help and made light work of marking mocks to support many a colleague. We wish her all the best in the future.
George Cullin-Moir
Our Engineering technician, George Cullin-Moir, leaves the DT&E department to start a degree at Loughborough University. We thank him for all the help and support this year and wish him well in his continuing studies.
Marie Rider
Sadly Marie Rider will be leaving SWA after covering a maternity position this year. As a Department we would like to thank her for all the contributions to the Health and Social Care team. Her years of experience within the nursing profession has inspired Sixth Formers to pursue a degree within the subject. We would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication during her short time here.
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 and would like to make you aware that Best Term dates may differ from the term dates published on the Central Bedfordshire website. Please see our website
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. 

Absence 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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