Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 69 (06/10/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 69 (06/10/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

In the last two weeks we’ve had two very successful Open Evenings for Year 8 students and their families. The feedback from parents was really complimentary, with parents commentating on the friendly and welcoming staff, as well as the outstanding facilitates. But as always, the number one highlight of the evening was our amazing students who once again stole the show!

Last week we had our first high attainers day for Year 8 students. The first event was for students from Robert Bloomfield. The day included science experiments and maths challenges and finished with a DofE problem solving session which was particularly challenging. Our Sixth Form Sports Leaders also hosted a Year 4 rugby tournament this week which included pupils from many of our feeder lower schools. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm and talent from so many young pupils and we look forward to them joining us in five years time.

The rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk are going well and include pupils from as young as four years old up to 18 years old. We also had auditions for our Year 9 and KS4 drama productions with fantastic number of students involved in both.

Finally in sport, we are still unbeaten in boys football across all ages this season with some impressive wins in the National Cup from our Sixth Form team and the girls have also put in some fantastic performances. Our rugby teams are faring well and the netball girls are improving with every game. It was the U16 girls hockey team, however, who stole the show this week in the county championships by proving themselves as the best state school in the county.

Nick Martin

Year 9
We have had an overwhelming enthusiasm for extra-curricular clubs and activities so far since the enrichment fair. The challenge I set was for every student to be taking part in at least one extra-curricular club and though there is always room for improvement, we are off to a great start with many students participating in more than one. Timetables are settled and Show My Homework is in place for all Year 9 students. All students should have a log in which parents and carers have access to so that homework can be monitored. E-Praise is well underway with Year 9s proving they are working tremendously hard in all subject areas. With our top student currently with 32 points is Benjamin Yates and our top tutor group is 9C. Keep up the great work! A few uniform trends are starting to creep in, let’s try and keep those high standards up year 9, thank you for your support with this.

Miss E Wisson
Year 10
This week sees the start of the Year 10 assessment cycle where teachers are using work completed in class to provide students with a  prediction of grade in their subjects. As students, it is important that you understand the grades you have been given. Be part of your learning and ask what you need to do to improve. What are your next steps?

Miss C Hood & Mr R Candlin
Year 11
We have had a really positive start to Year 11 and I keep hearing really impressive stories of hard working, motivated, forward-thinking students across the departments of the school. I would like our thoughts to turn to the next round of mock exams. Now is the time for all Year 11 pupils to start their structured revision. I will be issuing a support timetable after the half term break. These extra sessions are a vital tool in this revision process and where possible, I would suggest that your child attends.
Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
Sixth Form
45 Year 12 students were given the ‘Exceptional start to Year 12’ Award for a variety of courses. This is an excellent start and they need huge congratulations for this.  A level and level 3 BTEC study is very difficult and these students have shown exceptional progress and effort so far.
These students are clearly showing they are following the sixth form ethos of Believe – Achieve – Succeed – Exceed.

Reminder that Year 13 PRE is Thursday 12th October, we look forward to seeing you there.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

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.

Performing Arts
It has been an amazing week in drama with both Year 9 and KS4 theatre companies auditioning and casting for their shows, producing two excellent casts. Year 9 will be puttingon The White Feather in December and KS4 will be putting on DNA next term. Watch this space for more info on tickets and performance dates.
GCSE Drama students are off to see The Woman in Black in a week. With the Drama Department already receiving tweets from the lead role, this is looking to be an exciting trip. Please remember to bring a packed lunch and to wear school uniform.
The music department are really impressed with the excellent turn out that we have had for the large amount of extra-curricular activities going on this week. Do you want to set up a band? If so, the music department needs you! If you play guitar,  drums, bass or sing, please speak to Miss Tabert.
With most of Act 1 already blocked, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is looking to be an amazing BEST Christmas pantomime. Tickets go on sale a week today so make sure you follow the SWA Music and Drama twitter accounts for more information.
The music department have arranged a trip to see Wicked, the musical next month. As expected, this trip sold out in 3 days. We have already got a long reserve list, and will organise another trip next term. Please encourage students to visit the department notice board for more information.
RBA High Attainers
Last Thursday 40 Robert Bloomfield students were invited to attend a high attainers day at Samuel Whitbread Academy. The day was a brilliant success and the students spent the day working with staff and Sixth Formers. The day included science experiments with Mr Graves and Mr Hardy which allowed the students to apply their scientific knowledge to the real world of science. The students were then able to show their creative side by designing a musical and dramatic composition with Miss Tabert. The late morning sessions involved preparing for a trial and analysing a family court case whilst  deciding their defence, followed by a maths challenge with Mr Fernandes. The day was rounded off with an orienteering activity run by Mr Edwards which tested the students physical strength and their academic ability. The pupils had a great day and all commented on how amazing the staff and Sixth Formers were. We look forward to seeing these pupils again in September
Engineering STEM day
60 Year 9 young engineering students spent the morning learning and discussing “energy” and how we can look to our future energy needs and how we will manage this. Students looked at various different regions around the world giving suggestions that to alternative sources of energy. Students went onto a challenge, building a small vehicle with a rechargeable battery which they had to charge to a given voltage which would allow it to travel a given distance. Students had to take into account the balancing of their wheels vs. the off-set motor as well as correctly charging the vehicle. Having done several test runs, students had to plot graphs so when given the final distance that they had to travel this could be calculated. The winning team was: Michael Biucchi & Sajjan Kalirai.
 The Artist of the Month award goes to Charmaine Smethurst 13K for this fantastic painting. Charmaine is still working on this painting but we can't wait to see it when it's finished!
U14 Netball
There has been a fantastic turnout of 73 keen, enthusiastic and dedicated netballers over the past three weeks to training, making it a very difficult decision of picking 16 girls to play the first league games on Tuesday. The A team entered the Premiership League and played three very tough matches. Their first ever game as a team was against Wootton was a very tight affair going from end to end in the first half but the opposition ended out winners. SWA’s second game against a talented Goldington was a better display, fighting for every ball and winning 13-6. The final game against Lincroft was another close affair but tiredness told and we came away losing 12-9. Despite the two losses the girls didn’t lose their smiles and it was a good night for team morale. Well done to all girls who have been coming to training, keep up the commitment as the teams are not set in stone.
The B team had their first taste of competitive netball for SWA on the same night as the A team. After starting slowly, SWA started to move the ball with more accuracy and into the space left out wide. Working the ball well, they dominated their first two games, picking up 6-4 and 7-1 wins against Lincroft and Goldington, with Caitlin Oxton top scoring. They played some excellent netball in their third game, but unfortunately couldn’t take their chances as Etonbury proved to be more clinical, picking up the win. For their first outing as a side, the girls were excellent and a pleasure to take on a fixture.
U15 Boys Football
On Wednesday the Year 10 football boys began their season with a National Cup fixture against Cottesloe school from Aylesbury.  The boys have been training well and started the game brightly with lots of possession and created some good early chances. The first goal came from George Pettifar who rifled his shot into the top corner from 10 yards out to give SWA a 1-0 lead. Cottesloe equalised, however SWA stayed strong and a towering header from Harry Butler and a close range finish gave us a 3-2 lead at half time.  The second half showed a much brighter and organised SWA side, and it only took 10 minutes for Harry Butler to be put through on goal, only to be brought down by the opposition goalkeeper.  Matt Moloney duly converted the penalty and then Harry Butler finished off his hat-trick with a smart goal shortly before the final whistle.  SWA march on to the third round of the National Cup with a 5-2 victory.
U16 Boys Football
Under new manager Mr Bamford the U16 boys won their first game vs Redborne 4-1 with goals from Jamie Parker, Josh Adams x2 and Jake Loriot. In their second game vs Mark Rutherford the boys played well but couldn’t seem to break the deadlock until Mr Bamford brought on George Dee who twisted the defence, scored the winner and earnt us the three points. In their third game of the season against Stratton, SWA made it three from three with an outstanding hat-trick from in-form Josh Adams who has now scored 5 goals in 3 games and earnt himself a call up to the 6th form team.
U15 Netball
The season has begun for the U15 netballers. We took both the A and B team playing three games each. The B team are entered into Division 1 taking on Stratton, Biddenham and Bedford Academy for their first games. The team demonstrated some excellent mid-court movement from a team that had only one training session behind them due to high demands for  the other girls in the football fixture. The team showed great whole court defence, eventually winning 2 out of 3 games.
The A team’s first match went end-to-end until the final whistle unfortunately losing to Wootton by one. However this made the girls come back stronger to face Harlington in their 2nd game; there was some fantastic mid-court play from Ellis Kane and captain Robyn Moreno and great shooting from Ellie Purslow and Molly Sawyer to take the win 14-12. With the girls on a high from the previous game they were pumped going into playing the final game against Redborne; the girls just kept pulling away with some fantastic turn overs from defence (Emma Moore and Freya Rutt) beating them 12-3.
U19 Boys Football
On Wednesday our new 1st XI football side faced Hills Road 6th Form Academy in the Elite Schools & Colleges National Cup. The game was played on the fantastic Shefford & Campton Town pitch which really suited SWA’s possession based football. The game was a close affair, with SWA always dominating possession but struggling to break down a resolute Hills Road defence. Mid-way through the first half however, Cian Mitchell found himself bearing down on goal and converted to put SWA in the lead.  The game continued to much the same effect for the second half with SWA controlling the pace of the game but struggling to create clear cut chances. It took until the 70th minute for Ciaran Mahoney to seal the game for SWA and book our place in the next round of the competition. A fantastic and professional display from this new squad.
Girls Football
The U14 girls played their very first game together against Hitchin Girls School who had been playing together for three years. The girls showed great resilience and walked off the pitch with smiles on their faces and the hunger for more games. They lost the game unfortunately but Mr Bamford was proud with every single one of them. The U15 Girls won their National Cup fixture 6-4 with goals from Tascha Stokes-Collis who scored two very important goals and earnt herself girl of the game. Sophie Bolton burst on the scene with two goals, Abbie Patrick scored a crucial goal at the end of the game to secure the win and  Jasmine Currie who was playing up a year scored a fantastic goal from outside the area and lobbed the keeper. See Sophie Bolton’s fantastic free kick here.
The U16 girls progressed to the next round of the National Cup with an incredible hat trick from Charley Newton on her birthday. There were five, yes FIVE goals from Sophie Bolton who was playing up a year, and the famous Molly with a volley. Following the success of the girls football we have seven students that have been invited to district trials who are: Jasmine Currie, Lauren Appleby, Lottie Tartellin, Sophie Bolton, Paris Musgrove, Tabby Brown and Danielle Vince. GOOD LUCK GIRLS!
For the second event of the year we had two entries from Lola Precious and Ewan Watts. With Lola getting back into riding as wanting to represent the school team it was all about getting used to her horse and regaining her confidence and despite not finishing with a medal had a great ride. Ewan Watts took on a couple of classes and came away with a 4th in the 1.10m qualifying for the NESA National Schools Championship Plate at Keysoe EC in November.
A much changed U16 side took on Biddenham last Wednesday and despite key players missing, they showed their quality and dominated possession, reducing Biddenham to few chances and creating plenty themselves. After missing some excellent opportunities they boys found their shooting range and started to pull away with Jordan Webber and Makaio Wong leading the points scoring tallies.
U16 Hockey
Well done to our fantastic U16 girls hockey squad who entered the county tournament this week. We have not entered this competition before and we were very nervous about the standard of competition. We started our campaign against the favourites Bedford Girls and were bombarded from the get go. We conceded against some extremely talented  England players but Gemma played out of her skin and made some excellent saves. Our girls were on fire and Emma zipped through and managed to put one past the Bedford keeper. Everyone erupted in delight. Even though we lost, our confidence had been boosted and we were raring to go against Bedford Modern.
The girls were now on fire and were playing some excellent hockey, Danielle and Paris were immense in defence and Corrine was making some dynamic moves up front. We had been beaten the week before by Bedford Modern but we stepped up only conceding one against a very strong team.
The final game was against our closest rivals, Sharnbrook. We have never beaten them before so we were determined to come away with a win. The game was close and the girls were desperate to score again. Chloe L stepped up a gear, fought a tight defence and put one past the keeper. We then kept extremely tight in defence and came away with a win. The girls were over the moon and thoroughly deserved the praise given by spectators and staff members from the other schools.
We are very proud of our girls who were brave and determined and showed a massive leap in skill level throughout.
Well done all. Best state school in the county.
Squad: Gemma Robertson, Paris Musgrove, Cailin Prior, Chloe Ward, Heidi Angell, Danielle Vince, Corrine Lancaster, Tabby Brown, Becca Maxwell, Molly Sawyer, Megan Sawyer, Jess Clarke Patrick, Kizzy Angell, Chloe Leutchford, Emma Moore, Hannah Wilson

Robert Bloomfield Academy
Well done to both our Year 6 and Year 7 rugby teams who tonight took on Rushmoor in their first fixtures of the new academic year. Both won by four clear tries with some excellent individual and team performances. A great start to the rugby season!
Our Year 8 high attainers had a fantastic day at Samuel Whitbread last Thursday. Thank you to all the staff and sixth formers who supported the pupils.
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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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.
Signing In/Out
Following the installation of gates, students will only be able to enter and leave the school via reception. If your child needs to sign out during the school day, please make a note in their planner.  This will enable them to leave their lesson if necessary and sign out at reception ready to be collected.

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 

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