Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 72 (1/12/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 72 (1/12/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,
Last week we had another very successful open evening. As well as a presentation from the head of Sixth Form, we also had a careers convention, department stalls and a tutor evening. The Sixth Form is going from strength to strength and achieved its best ever results last year and this was no doubt why we had several external candidates attending the evening - along with the success of the rugby and football programmes. If you missed the presentation, then the slides are available on the website, along with our promotional videos.
The rehearsals for the Christmas panto and music concert are well underway and tickets are selling fast (there are only 50 panto tickets remaining!). If the rehearsals are anything to go by then both events look like they are going to be amazing. Please buy your tickets ASAP to avoid any disappointment. 
We’ve had the final draft of the Ofsted report sent to us for us to send back any factual amendments, so the full report is imminent. I will send the report out to parents as soon as it arrives. 
Sport has been amazing over the past couple of weeks. Last Wednesday I stood between two pitches, where the U16 girls football team beat Wootton (probably our toughest opposition for sport in Bedfordshire) 4-0 with Tasha Stokes-Collis scoring a hat-trick. On the adjacent pitch I watched the 1st XV rugby team beat Loughborough Grammar School 22-13, to progress into the Quarter finals of the National Cup. When I got back to reception I was informed that the basketball U14 had just beaten Wootton and the next day the U15 boys football played an amazing game against St Thomas More, winning 3-2 in the last minute of the game.
We’ve had some wonderful feedback this month from some of the different charities and organisations that we support. The first was a letter from Multiple Sclerosis Society, thanking us for the kind donation which the house charities raised. The second was an email from the Rotary club congratulating us once again for donating more shoe boxes than any other school in Bedfordshire for their Christmas Shoe Box appeal. The third letter came from the British Legion who wanted to congratulated the students who presented wreaths and read poems at various different remembrance day events in neighbouring villages on Remembrance Day. And finally, we had a message from one of our sister schools, Jambo in Kenya, thanking us for the kind donation from the non-uniform day, which they are planning to spend on Christmas lunch for the children in the orphanage and on mending the roof of the school hall.
What an amazing few weeks!

Nick Martin

Year 9
Year 11
Many thanks to the Year 9 students and parents who attended a very successful meet the tutor and options evening recently. Hopefully now conversions are being had with regards to GCSE option choices. Please do note that students do have plenty of time to speak with individual subject teachers for their course suitability.

Miss E Wisson
Thank you to all that managed to attend last week’s PRE. I hope that you had some productive and informative conversations with the tutors. I also hope that the information regarding the Sixth Form and the careers fair have helped to give you and your children some ideas and information for looking forward past GCSEs. We have now started the second round of GCSE mock examinations. Please continue to ensure your children are fully aware of when and where they should be. The vast majority of students have so far been very sensible, organised and dedicated in undertaking their exams and I would like to see this continue. Many thanks for your continued support.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Huge well done to the following Year 12 students who have achieved two or more excellent attitudes to learning in their first Sixth Form report:
Jennifer Abbott, Claire Allen, Lucy Allen, Katie Alston, Imogen Anthony, Harriet Bailey, Jamie Bali, Charlotte Barber, Isabelle Barnes, Isaac Barry, Kieran Blake, Sapphire Boast, Matt Bright, Kat Buckmaster, Sophie Burr, Kieran Cawley, Kathrine Chambers, Yammi Chan, Harry Charter, Harvey Church, Katie Court, Nathan Cowan, Anna Cross, Daniel Darlow, Liberty Davies, Ellidy Dickman, Jake Dodd, Charlotte Eplett, Grace Ferry, Emily Fox, Megan Frankland, James Franklin, Emily Franks, John Fudge, Charlie Garwood, Matthew Geneux, Andrew Gostellow, Billy Gower, Daniel Hammer,George Hare,Cassie Highland, Amy Hobbs, Ben Hookway, Rachael Howard, Sam Humphrey, Jordan Inskip, Hobie Ip, Joseph Jeffs, Antonia Johnson, Kieran Jones, Bartek Krzyzanski, Hannah Le Roux, Alistair Low, Caitlin Lumley, Lucas Lyko, Victoria Maguire, Brandon-Lee Martis, Annie Meade, Harry Michell, Maya Mircheva, Daniel Morrallee, Oliver Morris, John Morton, Polly Nayler, Keiran Odonnell, Shannon O’Flanagan, Sophie Palmer, Jack Parish, Sam Parish, Megan Parry, Charlotte Peacock, Megan Pearson, Anna Perry, Lucas Phillips, Ilana Prebble, Evie Rickwood, Katie Roberts, Hollie Robinson, Katie Rogers, Samuel Rudd, Joe Ryan, Greg Seed, Hollie Sibbett, Archie Simmons, Colm Slingsby, Jayke Smith, Lauren Smith, Toby Smith, Emelia Soley, Daniel Statham, Liam Stevens, Benjamin Tarttelin, Georgia Thomason, James Thompson, Laura Thompson, Ashley Twigg, Harry Waby, Beth Warriner, Harry Wheatcroft, Aimee White, Harrison Wiedman, Summer Wilson, Sarah Woodbyrne, Laura Zmudzinska

Mr L Huckle

Christmas Concert
Science: Visit to Bedford Hospital Pathology Laboratory - Viapath
Year 12/13 Biology Students had the opportunity to visit the Pathology Lab at Bedford Hospital. Students were given a tour of the various departments including cellular pathology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and transfusion and microbiology. Staff and students were given an insight to the daily work that goes on within these departments and how samples are processed from the patient through to the diagnosis given back to the consultant/doctors. Following the tour students had the opportunity to speak with specialists about the different areas and how they could get onto these career paths. Thank you to Viapath for organising this fascinating visit.
Engineering: Discover Axminster
Level 3 Engineering students visited the Discover Axminster show at Walsall Football Ground last week. Students got to see and work with the latest technologies that Axminster and its related suppliers promote. Demonstrations took place throughout the day together with guest speakers on the use of equipment and how they could be used within the work place. There was also an opportunity for students to discuss careers opportunities with the various exhibitors to encourage them to continue along their selected path and pursue a career in their chosen industry.
Engineering: Titan Motorsport & Auto Engineering Ltd
As part of their Level 3 Engineering studies, Year 12 and 13 students visited Titan Motorsport based in St.Neots. The company has expertise in the design, manufacture and supply of high performance, precision engineered components for the motorsport, automotive, marine, defence and aerospace sectors. Students were shown round the design, production engineering, shop floor, inspection and assembly lines giving them the opportunity of a seeing how production takes place within an organisation from start to finish.
BEST Pantomime
Careers: NEC Skills Show
Nearly 200 Year 11-13 students visited the Skills Show this year at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event held with the aim for students to find out about the array of careers that are on offer for when they leave school. Students were given the opportunity to take part in hands-on experiences with the sectors represented, find out how to apply for apprenticeships and university placements, what qualifications and the grades that they need.
Careers: SWA Careers convention
Last Tuesday saw 33 companies, institutions and organisations visit the school for the annual career convention. The evening was held alongside the Year 11 PRE and proved to be a very busy event and with a number of the exhibits being manned by SWA ex-students, they were able to speak with the current students about the many opportunities that they could get into, how to apply for positions, gain work experience etc. The exhibits ranged from the Armed Forces, Accounting, R&D, Engineering and Technologies together with Colleges, Universities and support organisations. 
House news
SWA’s five different houses have already been very busy this year in several house competitions, as well as choosing and raising money for new charities, listed below:
Pendleton – Team Rubicon
Harwood – Heathlands Animal Sanctuary
Whittle – Wood Green Animal Shelter
Olivier – Mind
Whishaw – Sue Ryder Hospice
The first big fundraiser will take the form of a Christmas Fair at lunchtime on Friday 15th December, with a series of stalls down The Street. Please remember to bring any spare change to take part and help donate to charities in the process!
The Artist of Month is Aleisha Gentle 9L. The drawing above is a pencil drawing of a pug that Aleisha drew in her own time. It is great to see her natural talent as well as her enthusiasm for subject, we look forward to seeing more of Aleisha's artwork.
The Year 9 team competed in the U14 County Netball Tournament last week and fought very hard throughout the day. They competed in some excellent matches against Sharnbrook, Bedford Modern and Bedford Girls School. The girls were incredibly disappointed to miss out on the Regional Finals this year however the girls will come back stronger and also work on any areas for development to improve their game. All of the girls worked extremely hard with standout performances from Kizzy Angell and Skye Oswick in defence.
 Well done to our fabulous Sixth Form netball girls who were placed joint sixth in the County Netball Tournament last week. The standard of netball was extremely high with the opposition having the luxury of England players and Premier League squad members. We started off well with a draw against close rivals Redborne and continued to play well against Bedford Girls and Sharnbrook, the eventual regional qualifiers. We had very tight, high quality games against Wootton and Bedford Modern. Super play by all the girls but particular mention for shooter Olivia Duggan and captain Becky Darnell who was relentless in her determination and inspiring team talks. Players player Katie Rogers was immense, with huge interceptions and dominance in the middle of the court. An amazing, very talented bunch of girls who represented the school admirably.
SWA Year 9 Basketball team has had a great start to the season with three wins from three. The team have beaten Etonbury 49-9, Redborne 117-9 and Wootton 49-23. The boys are fully focused on their end goal which is the County Finals later on in the year.
With the Year 9 rugby boys having won many games by a big margin this year it was good to test ourselves against an extremely strong Bedford School A team. We started the game well with Harrison Wade converting a penalty to take the lead. However following this positive start we struggled with our expansive game and the physicality and speed of the Bedford defence stopped us from playing. Despite coming out the wrong side of the result, the boys responded excellently and were able to take many positives and areas for improvement from the experience. We look forward to playing Bedford again and showing our full potential.
Following the Bedford defeat, the boys were keen to put right a few wrongs and set themselves some targets to achieve in the County Cup semi-final versus Wootton, a very strong rugby school. The boys started well with and Ryley Longmuir demonstrated his high skill level alongside his strength that allowed Jackson Armstrong to score. Jackson went on to score the first three tries from a new position of outside centre. After constant pressure SWA showed their high skill level and ended up winning 53-0. This sets up an exciting County Cup final against Cardinal Newman on 8th December at Stockwood Park RFC. Let’s get the trophy boys!
The 1st XV rugby boys recorded a 22-13 victory in possibly the school's biggest rugby fixture to date in front of a large, vociferous crowd of students and staff at 'Fortress Whitbread'. Loughborough Grammar were the visitors in the National Cup last 16 and they took the early advantage with two impressive tries. SWA began to find their feet in the game and gradually started to dominate. A try from man of the match Charlie Garwood and two from young gun Tom Litchfield put Whitbread in front and the boys then defended for their lives in holding out for the excellent win and booking a place in the quarter finals this coming Friday.
This Wednesday the Sixth Form 2nd XV took on Akeley Wood from Buckingham. With players competing for a place in the National Cup Quarter Final this game has much more importance for the SWA boys than Akeley realised. After a slow start the boys managed to find their feet in the game and with some strong breaks from Bartek Krzyzanski and Pierce Holland, we started to gain some momentum. It was a very close game, but with some ferocious tackling and intelligent kicking we were able to take control and score some very well worked tries, eventually winning 33-12. There were notable performances from Pierce Holland, who was like a human wrecking ball at times, and Man of the Match Bryce Smith, whose tireless tackling and breakdown work really helped in the team gaining the momentum to score some great tries.
The U15 girls played against Wootton in the District League on Wednesday evening,  with Tascha Stokes Collis – who was captain for the game – stepping up to score a hat-trick in the first half. Georgina Yates scored a great goal into the top right corner in the second half to kill the game off with SWA eventually winning 4-0.
 SWA’s 1st XI football team have continued their progress in both the U18 Elite Schools and Colleges National Cup and the U18 Schools National Cup.  After defeating Luton Town Cedars in the previous round of the Colleges Cup the boys will face MK College on 11th December. In the schools cup the boys successfully negotiated their tricky tie with RoundWood Park school with a 3-0 victory.  The team have not conceded a goal so far this season in any competition so the future is looking bright for this talented team! 
 Yesterday SWA U15s faced St Thomas More in Round 4 of the national cup.  This is the school who beat the boys in the district cup final last season and who alongside our own team, make up much of the Bedford district football team at this age group.  Both teams are very talented and we knew it would be a tough match. In difficult conditions the boys rallied well to ensure the game was a tight affair as they aimed to dominate the opposition.  The game was a great advert for schools football and a proud moment for the staff as SWA Came through the game with a 3-2 victory thanks to a last minute goal from Liam Collins.  Matt Moloney has previously put us ahead before being pegged back and then falling behind to a wonder goal from STM, before Lee Britten put us on level terms to set up an exciting finish to the game.

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.
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 here on our website.
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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