Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 71 (10/11/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 71 (10/11/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week we had a visit from Ofsted, where five inspectors spent two days looking at everything from lessons and leadership to behaviour and exam results. They spoke to students at break and lunch, as well as observing a wide range of lessons. They also interviewed students, governors and school leaders. The outcome is confidential at this stage, until the final report is published. I was incredibly proud with how the students conducted themselves and how they spoke with pride about their school. We will publish the full report as soon as it is finalised by Ofsted, which normally takes around four weeks.
The rehearsals for the school panto and the school concert are well under way and they look like they are going to be two spectacular events. There are very few tickets left, so please purchase your tickets soon to avoid any disappointment.
Today we had our two minute silence for Remembrance Day, which we finished with two Year 11 students playing ‘the last post’ on the trumpet – both were impeccable (see footage here). On Sunday we also have members of the Head Boy/Girl team presenting wreaths and reading poems in various local villages.
In sport, we have had a mammoth number of fixtures this week – 17 in total – and at the time of writing, have won all but one. Highlights include a netball victory over Sharnbrook and the U15 and U18 boys football teams both qualifying for the fourth round of the National Cup.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Last week saw the first Year 9 progress reports come out. It was a very positive set of data from the year group as a whole, keep up the great effort and attitude. Don’t forget Meet the Tutor is happening next week (Tuesday 14th November) alongside the GCSE options evening. Parents/carers who haven’t booked appointments still have time.

Miss E Wisson
Year 10
Having just received their most recent predictions in all their subjects, Year 10 students are reflecting on their own learning and giving themselves targets on what they need to do to improve. We encourage the students to ask their teachers how they can push and extend themselves and to take responsibility for their own learning. A great start to the new half term.

Miss C Hood & Mr R Candlin
Year 11
There are some have some very important dates coming up for Year 11 students and parents. Students will receive their reports today and will bring them home. Please follow up with their tutors if they do not make it to you. On 21st November we have the meet the tutor progress review evening. This is the most important parents evening so far and will give you a chance to discuss the recent report and your child’s progress. This is happening alongside the Sixth Form Open Evening and careers fair, where students and parents have the opportunity to explore options after Year 11.
On 27th November the next round of mock GCSE examinations will start. Please support your children by encouraging independent learning and revision at home. I look forward to seeing you all on the 21st.

Mr R Sinclair
Bedfordshire Police
Bedfordshire Police have contacted Samuel Whitbread and the local middle schools to offer us the opportunity to set up and develop some community links and parent drop in sessions. The Police would like to hear views from the SWA students on how policing could be improved in the local area and they will be walking around the School site at lunchtimes to gather the views of young people. The police will also have a base in student services should students wish to talk to them in a more confidential setting.
The parental drop in sessions will be after school and I will forward the dates to you when they have been agreed with the relevant parties. I am sure you will agree that this is a positive and important relationship to establish. SWA is keen to develop and reinforce these links within our community and as parents, I hope you will fully support these new projects and relationship as a whole.

Mr M Gibbs

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.

Christmas Concert
Remembrance Poetry Competition
Below are the results of the school's Remembrance poetry competition. The winning poem, "The Day of the Poppies" by Annabel Tobias, will be read at the Shefford Remembrance Service on Sunday.

1st – Annabelle Tobias – 10K
2nd – Jordan Tatlock – 12H
3rd – Oscar Francis-West – 10L
4th – George Sale – 10A
5th – Sam Bennet and Jack Huckle – 10K
Art & DT
Last year's Year 11 students who studied Art or DT subjects are now able to collect any final exam pieces or prep work from the respective offices.
SWA Admissions Policy changes
In accordance with the statutory requirements set out in the School Admissions Code, we are required to undertake a six week consultation on any proposed changes to our admissions policy. The proposed changes, together with a brief summary, are detailed on our website under Parents > Consultation (click here for the link). Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns using the email address in the link.
Performing Arts
With just one week left before the family discount runs out, you will not want to miss the opportunity to see the BEST Panto! Students across BEST have been working extremely hard and it is going to be a fantastic evening, suitable for all. With audience participation and lots of surprises, this traditional family panto will absolutely get you in the festive spirit. Over 70% of tickets are sold so act fast to avoid disappointment.
Part of our orchestra met for the first time this week to rehearse songs for the Pantomime. After one hour they are already making a fantastic sound and we are excited about what is to come!
The Artist of Month is Belle Coleman 13K. This painting is a work in progress. Belle is using oil paints on plastic sheeting. We are excited to see the finished portrait.
Over the last week the U16s competed in the Bedfordshire County Schools Cup. They showed great perseverance throughout the day and came away with some superb wins, it really was a standout team performance where all girls proved their netballing skills. The girls finished an impressive third in the county only narrowly missing out to Bedford Modern by two goals.
This week saw the U14A girls compete in their last games of the league, and when playing Sharnbrook SWA showed excellent defence down the court and with vital turnovers from Skye Oswick the girls won 11-7. Against St Thomas More, Lydia Knight and Ashton Smith showed their ability in the circle to come  away with another, even bigger win, 14-3.
The U14B netballers also had a 100% record this week, Lauren Appleby stealing some fantastic turnovers against Stratton to win 7-3. Playing Bedford Academy, the girls got on court with great spirit and showed their team ability in winning 11-6.
The U14 County Tournament is 21st November: Girls, keep up the numbers to training and prove your place.
The Year 9 Boys were excellent in their first game together at Samuel Whitbread. They started quickly and went out to a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The boys played some very good basketball as they set up their defence quickly and set up some excellent counter attacks through Callum Holmes as they moved the ball around the D with speed. Luke Revels regularly found space to score plenty of baskets. Their performance continued to improve as they went out to a 39-2 lead by the end of the third quarter. They finished 49-8 winners, playing some excellent basketball, but also realising there is more to come from them as they look to build a successful league campaign.
U18 boys
In the Colleges & Elite Schools National Cup (a first ever entry for SWA), the boys snaffled a superb 2-0 win over Cedars Upper. Wonder goals from Sam King and Charlie Scott sealed the victory against a very strong footballing school. The boys stuck to the counter-attacking game plan and it paid off as this team continues to impress and progress on the national stage. In the wider National Schools Cup SWA accomplished a gritty 1-0 win over Sir John Henry Newman School. The boys battled well but in truth it wasn’t their best performance of the season. The boys got through the game by grafting and working hard in the second half and eventually progressing through a well-worked Colm Slingsby goal.
U15 girls
SWA U15 football girls had a superb 9-0 win against Biddenham in the League thanks to goals from Sophie Bolton (3) Tascha Stokes-Collis (3) Jasmine King, Georgina Yates and Abbie Bradshaw
SWA Year 9 girls hockey team travelled to Goldington this week for their first ever match together. The girls were nervous and excited but really looking forward to the challenge. We started off really confidently and had the advantage with some fab runs from Corin and Kizzy alongside excellent defence from Lucy, Evie and Eswen. Goldington then settled into their game and showed their experience with dynamic plays and attacking runs. Grace played out of her socks and made at least 20 saves producing an outstanding display in goal. Priya scored an amazing goal with precision finishing. SWA played very well and improved our play throughout and I’m really proud of these girls who worked their socks off and enjoyed themselves. Well done ladies.
Charlotte Kitchener, Ella Crew, Corrine Lancaster, Kizzy Angell, Evie Salisbury, Ekhnaam Kaur, Despina Papapetrou, Eliza Jones, Grace gravell, Priya Saunders, Eswan Smith, Lucy Reid, Leah Joseph.
Marathon Man
Miles Elliot in Year 9 recently completed one of the UK's toughest marathons - the Beachy Head Marathon in and around Eastbourne. Miles was remarkably the youngest runner in a field of 3000 competitors. Well done, Miles, a truly fantastic achievement.
Year 9
This year there has been an incredible amount of talented rugby boys join the school, so much so we have now had five ‘B team’ Year 9 fixtures and have more to come. Last week the team travelled to Lincroft School to play a talented side. After having a lot of possession it was energetic scrum half Toby Standbridge that scored the first try converted well by Tyler Waldock and a second try from Brandon Kilsby ensured we had a good lead of 14-7 at half time. Sadly Lincroft changed their game plan and after a very strong finish SWA left it too late and ended up on the wrong side of 21-14. What excites me most about these boys is their passion and want to improve. Really looking forward to the return match against Sandy coming up!
Rugby 10s tournament
On Tuesday SWA hosted the Year 9 10-a-side tournament. With the strong numbers in Year 9 we were able to put out 3 squads of 14 players and after mixing the teams around it set the tournament up for exciting games between the SWA teams and external schools that entered. Each team had a 6th former coaching who led by example. Morgan Dayes, Harry Charter and Charlie Garwood were great ambassadors for the PE department alongside referees Jake Dodd and Mitchell Brown. Sadly for Morgan and Harry it was Charlie’s ‘South Africa’ team that came out on top, beating Harry’s ‘Australia’ in the final 26-24. A great day had by all that took part and SWA were pleased to end up with 1st, 2nd and 5th place finishes.
1st XV
On Wednesday our 1st XV rugby team played in the last 32 of the Natwest Bowl national competition against Easton and Otley College, winning 43-10.  The college run a rugby course similar to ours and so this was our biggest test yet in the competition. The boys’ strength and physicality really showed and with some hard carries and big tackles flying in from the first whistle, we were able to get the ball in a good attacking position and muscle our way over the try line for an early score. Changes were made at half time and although a couple of missed tackles led to us conceding two tries, our physicality and great offloading game meant that we were able to continue scoring tries throughout the game and increase our lead further.  On the bus journey home it was great to see how much the group have bonded with MVP Jonah Charnock leading the team sing song!
Girls Representative Rugby
Well done to the five SWA girls who represented Hertfordshire against Kent in a recent county rugby game - Abby Lawrence, Chloe Benjamin, Cailin Prior, Jessamine Game and Scarlett Whybrow.

The Year 5s this week had a lovely morning at the Shree Sanatan Mandir, a Hindu Temple in Luton. They were incredibly well-behaved and learned lots to help them back in their RE lessons.
The Year 6s visited the Black Country Museum in Dudley, experiencing life in the times of the Industrial Revolution.
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.
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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