Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 68 (22/09/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 68 (22/09/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The term is well underway and we already have lots to celebrate. This week we had the Year 11 Awards Evening where we celebrated the achievements of students who took their GCSEs in the summer. As well as an award for each subject, Kieran Cawley also picked up the Principal’s award for gaining 6A* and three 9s. The guest speaker, ex-student Ian McFarlane, who studied Maths at Oxford, came back to Samuel Whitbread to talk about growth mindset and university life. The previous week was the turn of Year 13, who received a host of awards presented by guests such as Mrs Tailor, Mr Robson and even Charles Whitbread - who gave the Sir Samuel Whitbread House Cup to the House Captains of Harwood. The guest speaker on that occasion was Lizzie Brzozowska who gave a thought provoking speech on ‘millennials’ and reminded us not to forget how important communication and building relationships are in this modern world of technology and social media. The Principal’s Award was given to four students this year (see below) who all achieved straight A* in their A Levels.

We also celebrated our best ever exam results at both GCSE and A Level this summer. Overall 72% of students achieved a level 9-4 in English and maths, which represents an 8% rise on last year and 19% on two years ago. Students performed well at all levels and 35 students managed to gain one or more of the 50 level 9s. At A Level nearly a third (32%) of the grades were A/A* or equivalent and over half (56%) were A*-B. This is an amazing achievement and firmly places us as one of the best schools in the Authority.

The new Year 9 students have settled in well and parents, staff and visitors alike have all commented on how smart they look in their new uniform. Over the summer we also installed a new fence around the entire site and gates at the front of school. These will be locked during registration. Once the gates are locked students will only enter and leave the school via reception, so if you need to collect your son or daughter for a doctor’s appointment, for example, then please collect them from reception. We have also installed new cameras around the site, as well as new lockers, improved LED lighting and a new screen in the hall. Last week I presented alongside the Head Girl to the council’s planning committee and I’m pleased to inform you that the council approved the development of the new 4G all-weather pitch, tennis/netball courts and new pavilion.

Last weekend, in the pouring rain, 25 students went out on their Silver DofE practice expedition, which involves two nights under canvas. Apart from getting rather wet, they also had to cook all their own meals, plan their routes and carry all their equipment with them. On Tuesday of last week we held a Year 9 Parent information evening, which included presentations ranging from the new reformed exams to ‘bringing up a teenager’. This is the first time that we have run such an evening and it was extremely well received, and we will certainly be running similar evenings in the future.

In sport, we have continued where we left off last year, winning all but one fixture in every sport so far. Highlights included a first ever win for our Sixth Form rugby boys over an independent school's first team - the first of many I'm sure. Elsewhere, the extraordinary numbers of students taking part in extra-curricular clubs has been immense and we look forward to another bright year of sporting success.

Nick Martin

Year 9
The Year 9s have had a fantastic start to Samuel Whitbread and we are extremely proud of their efforts. We have had a very busy start to the term with lots of extra-curricular opportunities and the Enrichment Fair which was a huge success. Keep up the great work Year 9!
Miss E Wisson
Year 10
Thank you Year 10 for an excellent start to the year. In assemblies, we have discussed the importance of taking pride in your work and it has been great to see, when going into lessons, that you are really taking this on board. Pride in your work ensures that you are communicating effectively to your teachers and ultimately examiners. We also spoke about having a growth mindset. Ask yourself this week, “have I given up too easily”? Remember you may not be able to do it now…. But you will. “I cannot do it…. YET!” Keep up the hard work.
Miss C Hood & Mr R Candlin
Year 11
Echoing what I told the students in assembly this week, I am incredibly proud at how the year group are conducting themselves around the Academy and towards their studies. Uniform is currently excellent and this creates a strong working environment for the students. There will be lots of intervention work this year provided by teachers to support our students in achieving the best grades they can and I appreciate the continued support parents are giving with this.
Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
Year 12
Year 12s have made an excellent start. Big well done from Mr Huckle. Make sure you all continue being Hobnobs and not rich tea’s! Students will know what this means.
Year 12 Sixth Form information evening will take place on Thursday 28th September at 7.00pm in the main hall. All Year 12 students and parents are welcome. NCS will have a stall so students can sign up to NCS as enrichment.

Every year we offer the chance for sixth form students to take part in training to become a mentor for students in the lower years and at other schools. Mr Rowell will be offering this training for students and I would highly recommend this. The training will be taking place at 1.15pm on Friday 29th September at 1.15pm in the staff room. Please come along if you would like to become a student mentor.

Year 13 - UCAS applications and deadline reminders
Oxbridge and Medicine applications – 15th October. You need to have shared your personal statement on google drive with your tutor, Miss Priano, Mrs Hoad and Mr Huckle. You need to have numerous re-edits of this. Make sure you book in to see Mrs Hoad well before the 15th October deadline. Liaise with your tutor over reference writing.
All other applicants need to be drafting and redrafting personal statements with the support of your tutor. Your tutor is the first port of call. Use the UCAS survival guide to assist you with examples. Deadline for all applications to be sent to UCAS is end of autumn term so you need to book in with Mrs Hoad well before this.

Mr L Huckle
Annual Awards Evenings
SWA hosted two separate evenings to celebrate the fantastic achievements of last year’s GCSE and A Level students. The atmosphere of positivity and pride at both evenings was evident and highlighted the talents of some of the incredible students we have at SWA. Both events included musical performances from our gifted lower year students Sara Davies and Lotti Michell, as well as guest speakers Elizabeth Brzozowska and former student Ian MacFarlane. The Principal's Award for GCSE went to Kieran Cawley and for A Level was shared by four students who all achieved straight A*s - Maddie Morris, Chris McFarlane, Ryan Ward and Ellie Roberts. The Lynda Tailor Award for outstanding contribution to sports went to Megan Dennis who sent a video message from Florida where she is on a golf scholarship at university, The Ben Whishaw Award for contribution to the Arts went to Nathan Challinor and the Barbara Tye Award for outstanding resilience in the face of adversity was awarded to Amy Johnston. A full album of photos will be on our Facebook site early next week.
Duke of Edinburgh - @SamWhitDofE
We run awards at all levels at the Academy. Year 10's are in the middle of their Bronze award with Year 11's in Silver and Sixth Form doing Gold. There will be a Year 9 assembly will in the New Year about the award so they can find out more.

Silver DofE Award 2017-2018
Last weekend students and staff from SWA travelled to The South Downs for a practice expedition weekend with 25 students from Year 11 attending. We had every type of weather over the weekend - it was mainly dry during the day when students were walking but evenings incredibly were cold and wet, testing the students' resolve! All the students worked extremely hard and just got on with it. They coped well with the changing conditions and with a few tweaks will certainly be ready for their main assessed weekend in October. The main assessed weekend will be held in The Peak District.

Year 12 Level 3 Engineering students visited Cranfield University for their Renewable Energy Marine Structures Engagement Day. Students listened to PhD students giving talks about the work that they are carrying out around this field of innovation and learnt that the UK is at the forefront for harnessing wind and tidal energy. Students were given the opportunity of talking to the experts whilst a tour of the facilities took place where we were shown around the anaerobic digestion plant, structural integrity and ocean systems laboratories.
Performing Arts
First rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk have gone really with an amazing cast of over 80 students from SWA as well as the lower and middle schools. Thank you to all the students who have taken part so far and keep up the great work.

Tickets will be announced in October so watch this space as we expect them to sell out very quickly!
Career information, advice and guidance support
The 4YPUK Careers Adviser Rose Birmingham is available for 1:1 appointments to talk though options and career ideas (or lack of ideas!) including apprenticeships, college courses, employment, training etc. To book an appointment visit: . Appointments are held in in Room 910 (Library).

More information and support can be found on our website:

Annual Careers Convention
Samuel Whitbread Careers Convention is being held on Tuesday 21st November. All students/parents are welcome to attend. We have exhibitors from local/national companies, colleges, universities, training providers, support groups in attendance – a full list will be issued early November.
If you work within an organisation that would like to exhibit please contact Debbie Hill: for more information.

The first two celebrated artisits of the this academic year are the two winners of the Textiles Award. Both Harriet Bailey (outgoing Year 11) and Niamh Coughlan (outgoing Year 13) have produced beautiful dresses, they are currently being displayed in the Art & Textiles department.
It has been a fantastic start to the year already for the PE department with a near 100% result record in every game played so far. Extra curricular numbers have been through the roof as 110 students turned up to rugby last week, 50 to netball, 65 attended Years 9-11 football on Tuesday night and Mr McReynold’s Mai Tai filling out the gym to capacity. Keep up the fantastic work!
Year 9 Rugby
After incredible numbers to training it was very hard to select a 20 man squad for the match vs Wootton. So many boys with high skill levels has resulted in very strong A and B teams and I look forward to the months ahead to see us progress.

Wootton have been our rivals for County Cups in recent years with the two schools producing some epic finals. With this team we were confident that we could cause Wootton some trouble. The game started well with Will Evans scoring two tries and getting SWA off on the front foot. More tries from Ben Yates, Jackson Armstrong, Sam Garwood, Ollie Pike and conversions from Harrison Wade and James Mann meant that SWA were proving too strong for Wootton. The boys ran out winning 54-7 and showed that this team has the potential to do very well this year. With further training and cohesion from more game time, I look forward to seeing how far we can go. Lincroft next in the County Cup.

Year 10 Rugby
Following on from the Year 9’s demolition of Wootton, it was the Year 10’s opportunity to avenge the County Cup final defeat from last year. Early tries from Wootton rocked the boys and they quickly realised they had to throw the ball wider to create chances. After successfully executing this tactic, the boys began to cause regular trouble for Wootton and ran in tries with ease. Tries from Chris Horgan, Theo, George Pettifer, Harry Jarvis and conversions from Regan Marshall meant that SWA run out winners 39-24. A great start to the season and a feeling that this season could be very special!
1st XV Rugby
The Sixth Form rugby team had a momentous week when comfortably beating Bedford Modern School 24-10. Curtis Hymus at number 6 put in a man of the match performance and there were tries for Northampton Saints U18s player Morgan Dayes, Charlie Garwood, Bartek Krzyzanski and Ali Gibbs with a fantastic score in the corner. When the Northampton Saints link with SWA was started 5 years ago, the goal was to raise our level to that of the independent schools. The goal was partially realised by this result, being the first time SWA have beaten an independent school’s first team.
U16 Netball
The U16 girls won their first two games convincingly, showing many improvements individually and as a team from last year. The girls beat Stratton 16-7 and took away some useful new tactics in using many combinations to beat Bedford Free School 25-0.
U19 Netball
The U19 netballers are a new squad and with only one training session behind them, they played their first two games last week. Showing fantastic dedication and teamwork they came away undefeated and without any goals conceded, an incredible effort. The girls beat Biddenham 19-0 and then Harlington 13-0. Fantastic performances girls, well done.
Year 9 & 10 Netball
With new extra-curricular opportunities available and many dedicated netballers we have had over 50 Year 9’s showing off their dedication and netball skills. We will certainly have two very strong squads entering the Bedford League this year and we look forward to their season.
U16 Basketball
The U16 Boys have had a very successful start to the season with convincing wins over Bedford Free School and Sharnbrook in the first two weeks. Despite the scorelines, the boys knew they would need to improve their performance for their next game against a well drilled Mark Rutherford who raced into a 7 point lead at the end of the first quarter. This riled the boys and they went into the second quarter better defensively organised and showing more patience in attack. There was an immediate impact as they showed their class, moving the ball quickly around the key before cutting to the basket. They went into half time two points to the good and the second half was a much tighter affair, with baskets being traded until Josh Chew managed to keep their main player quiet, while Ryan Anderson, Liam Holland and Taylor Haddow kept the scoreboard ticking over. A very spirited performance saw Whitbread finish as deserved 36-30 winners.
Year 11 Football
The Under 16 boys, under the new tutelage of Mr Bamford, are two from two in their District League campaign looking to make it three District League wins in three years. The first of the victories was a 4-1 win over Redborne in a rematch of last year’s final and this week a George Dee goal sealed a 1-0 win over Mark Rutherford to put SWA well placed to have another strong season.
It was the first event of the year for SWA’s Equestrian Team at Keysoe. Three riders entered and all demonstrated fantastic grit and determination. Jenny Hawkes and Annie McMillian rode extremely well and Ewan Watts rode fantastically and brought home a 4th rosette. Well done! Our next event is today (Sat 23rd) at Bury Farm and we look forward to more rosettes for SWA Equestrian.

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.
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.
Transfer to Upper School
September 2017
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
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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