Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 75 (9/2/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 75 (9/2/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

This half term seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye - with the half term break now upon us.

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 have had their mock results back, and have been working through their papers to learn as much as they can from their mistakes. The new style of GCSEs and A Levels have incredibly demanding mark schemes, so it’s more important than ever to concentrate on exam technique and to learn exactly what the exam boards are looking for. Students should be revising little and often at this stage, and building up gradually towards the exams. There are numerous resources online these days and students can purchase revision guides from school. Please remind your sons and daughters that revision needs to be an active process and students should be making notes, mindmaps or post-its as they revise. Simply reading something and expecting to remember it in the exam is the least effective form of revision.

News of our maths department designing the perfect roast potato with Edge Hotel School, Essex University, has continued to spread far and wide with articles appearing in the Daily Mail, Times, Independent, Mirror and Sun newspapers, as well as coverage in America, Greece, Spain and China. The news report has been played on BBC3, ITV news in the East, Midlands and the South West and students from Edge Hill even appeared on This Morning last week. We had yet more good news last week from the engineering department with a team of Year 9 students, led by Katie Miller in the Sixth Form, competing in the regional Vex Robotics competition, sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The team came a close second to a team of undergraduates from a local university (please see more details below). Mr Chapman praised the professional attitude of the students and said they were a credit to the school.

We have continued to work with outside agencies to support our students and give them the knowledge and tools to keep themselves safe. Over the last couple of weeks we have had a number of presentations from outside speakers on topics such as modern day slavery and exploitation from Unseen UK, Aquarius ran assemblies on drugs and alcohol abuse last week and all of Year 9 also watched ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ which is a theatrical production on the dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation. Special thanks must go to Bedford Electrical who kindly donated funds towards the cost of the production. Beds Police also ran a presentation to parents on the dangers of the internet on Monday as well as running sessions for our Year 9 students on Tuesday, as part of Internet Safety Day.

I would like to publicly thank Mr and Mrs Davies whose kind donation to the PE department has paid for the new cheerleading kit, which has been designed by Miss Vallance and the students and looks fantastic. We are even in the process of purchasing Samuel Whitbread Saddle Cloths for the horses in our equestrian team! On Sunday, the Year 9 gymnasts competed at the Bedfordshire Schools Gymnastics championship and came away with Gold for the U14 floor routine as well as a whole clutch of individual medals. The team has been practising all term and has been led by Becky Darnell in the Sixth Form (see below for more details).

Other sporting highlights include our cross country runners, several of whom have made it through to county finals and bidding for places in the national finals including Joe Lawson and Alex Matsukatov, and our Year 9 boys winning the county rugby 7s tournament.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Over the past two weeks we have had exciting presentations from Chelsea’s Choice as well as UnseenUK coming in to deliver workshops to students on raising awareness amongst young people of the issues surrounding human trafficking, modern day slavery and the exploitation that this can lead to. Students were very well behaved and found the presentations enlightening and packed with information.

Students today received their GCSE option choice forms. Deadline for returning is the 16th March. Please speak to subject staff with any specific questions.

Miss E Wisson
Year 11
We are now approximately 5 months away from the most important few weeks of your child's education so far.
Following the recent reports from your son or daughter's subject staff, I hope last night's parents evening was good opportunity to speak to subject staff about the final push before exams. There was a very positive atmosphere with some incredibly valuable conversations being held.

I am in the process of organising sessions for Easter school. This will comprise of several sessions over the first week of the Easter break. Several subjects will have different revision/catch up sessions running for extra support. I will update you when the plans are confirmed.

Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
12G went up against 12J in a wild card debate. A superb performance by both teams on the title “Animal testing in the UK should never be permitted”. 12J were victorious and progress through to the quarter finals.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

VEX Robotics Regional Competition
A team of six Year 9 students and lead by Katie Miller in Year 12 competed in the regional Vex Robotics competition as sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Not only did they compete, they got right up to the final knock-out stage of the day coming second overall and missing out on a spot in the National Finals next month by only a whisker (and being beaten by a team of first year university students!).

What was as impressive, if not more so, was how well our students represented the school. Professional, helpful to other teams and respectful to all at the event; a real credit to Samuel Whitbread. The Vex system is pretty much 'complete engineering in a box' from CAD modelling through simulation to design, manufacture and eventually competing to be the best. It's so good I would like to extend the system to the young engineers club (those not in F24). The engagement from the current team was incredible, the amount they have learned is in-comparable and I've no doubt that with time, resources and dedication that we can get our teams competing on the national stage.

Well done to: Katie Miller, Adam Croucher, Daniel Floyd, Alex Jaggard, Finlay Semple, Toby Standbridge and Alfie Turner

Performing Arts
Congratulations to Lotti Michell (singing) and John Fudge (violin) for making it through to the District Finals of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year. They both performed superbly well and we look forward to hearing of more success in the next round!
Congratulations to the following students who have all recently succeeded in achieving various music grades:
Beth Warriner (Grade 8 Piano Merit)
Isabella Carvalho (Grade 1 Piano Merit)
Ellie Cooke (Grade 5 Singing Distinction)
Kizzy Plumb (Grade 6 Singing Merit)
Lucas Wilcox (Grade 5 Singing Merit)
Robert Bell (Grade 3 Piano Merit)
Cerys Gregory (Grade 5 Singing Distinction)
The Year 11 interventions timetables can be found here.
Harwood still lead Olivier in the overall house points standings. This week we had our latest House Sports competitions with Rugby 10s for the boys and indoor football for the girls, with the sixth form competing in mixed volleyball. Today we had a non-uniform day where all proceeds went to the five house charities (MIND, Team Rubicon UK, Heathlands Animal Sanctuary, Wood Green Animal Charity and St John’s Hospice) and last night Whishaw raised £120 from the Parents Evening refreshments stall.
Artist of the Month goes to Anna Thompson in Year 13. Anna wins with her work in progress oil painting that measures in over 1 metre tall. Her use of colour is really impressive and we can't wait to see the final piece. Well done Anna!
Boys Rugby
Two weeks ago, SWA 1st XV Rugby team took on another Northampton Saints affiliate school, Moulton College in horrible, wet and boggy conditions. SWA dominated the territory for the whole of the first half and worked hard to get some points on the board through a great penalty kick from Lucas Town. The game continued to be close but eventually, the youngest player on the pitch, Tom Litchfield, used his strength and power to break through Moulton’s excellent defence to make the scores 10-0 at half time. In the second half Sam Whit had to dig deep to hold off the power of some of the big ball carriers Moulton had and again with some great kicking from Lucas Town and Jonah Charnock we were able to win the territorial battle and take a couple of penalty opportunities to take the score to 16-0. In the last play of the game Moulton ran an excellent move at the front of the line-out to score in the corner, the scores finished 16-5. This was a fantastic game and a huge win for Samuel Whitbread against a college who has an excellent reputation for developing outstanding rugby players. It will be a real test when we play the return fixture later in the year and we look forward to the challenge.
Girls Rugby
Over the past few weeks over 20 girls have attended girls rugby training. We have a festival at Letchworth Rugby Club on 19th Feb and we have a County Cup 7s tournament at Samuel Whitbread on the 15th Feb, where over 40 girls have signed up to play.
A massive congratulations to our gymnasts who competed at the Eastern Region Schools Acrobatic, Tumbling & Disabilities Gymnastics Championships in Milton Keynes last weekend.

The girls had worked so hard in preparation for this competition, training twice a day and before school. They performed brilliantly on the day and were a credit to the school. The girls were helped by coach Becky Darnell who has choreographed and fine-tuned the performances to perfection.

Cerys and Gemma both won their tumbling competitions and were outstanding on the day with stunning tumbles and brave landings.
Our group 6 competitors were buzzing as they watched the other groups perform first. Coach Darnell gave them a few last minute tips and they were off, their performance was slick and joyous and the timing was fantastic. 

Cerys, Gemma and the group 6 girls now go off to Stoke for the national championships in May. Good luck ladies! What an achievement.
A huge thank you to John R Ford who have shown incredible generosity in sponsoring our new hockey kit. Thank you from all at SWA.
Cross Country
The District Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Marston Vale Forest Centre last week with students completing a 6km run. Of the 22 SWA runners competing for the school, an excellent 14 made it through to the County Finals. There were standout performances from Joe Lawson (2nd in his race), Luke Revels (2nd), Alex Matsukatov (3rd), Jaz Currey (4th) and Emma Moore (5th). Thank you also to Sixth Formers Lewis Sharp and Charlie Garwood who helped run the event.
Post-16 UoB trip
Last week the Year 13 A-Level PE and BTEC Sport students enjoyed a trip to the University of Bedfordshire to experience their sports science labs. Regarded as one of the top 5 universities for sports science in the country, the students were able to take part and use the multi-million pound equipment.

Students tested a variety of different aspects of fitness with students enjoying the VO2 max test and environmental chamber most. In the environmental chamber the temperature was raised to 30 degrees and 100% humidity and students tested how their body differed to when being tested in cooler conditions.

The students were amazing throughout the day and lecturers commentated on their professionalism and efforts through the experience.

The U18s have made a good start to the U18 League, beating both Redborne and Kempston Challenger Academy. Ben Daniels has led the way as captain, while Liam Holland chipped in with 26 points in one quarter. Kacper Wencek and Morgan Noble won numerous rebounds as they kick started many counter attacks. They unfortunately lost a close fought game with Bedford Academy, so we hope to see an immediate response against Knights Templar.

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 Tuesday breaktime in room 335. Students can seek advice on many issues such as healthy eating, bullying, family worries, health & wellbeing concerns.

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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