Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 77 (20/3/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 77 (20/3/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The last two weeks have been incredibly busy at Samuel Whitbread.

The recent Year 12 parents’ evening was very well attended and well received. Students in Year 11 have completed their latest round of mock exams and are currently receiving feedback on their papers. The next few weeks are obviously incredibly important for any students preparing for their exams. As well as the revision guides that we have in school, there are numerous websites, videos and resources available to students online and each student needs to find the method that suits them best. Students also need a quiet and calm working space at home and a revision timetable with regular breaks built in. Most departments run revision sessions at lunch and many run after school sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Easter School invitations have already been sent out and there will also be a May half term school. Research clearly shows that cramming the night before is not the best way to revise, so if any students haven’t started revising by now then please help them to devise their revision plan asap.

The Year 12 geographers last week arrived back from an incredibly worthwhile trip where they worked incredibly long hours alongside dedicated staff to help with their A-Level studies. This week SWA’s Performing Arts is a hive of activity with three performances in three days – tonight GCSE drama students perform their play DNA, Wednesday’s Spring Concert exhibits our outstanding musical talents and Thursday sees the annual Dance Showcase which never disappoints. We also have several events in the Design Technology and Engineering department which will be reported in the next newsletter. As well as this we have had several visitors and presentations recently including Unseen UK delivering information of modern day slavery and exploitation and Aquarius also ran assemblies on drugs and alcohol abuse.

Last Tuesday, the 1st XV rugby team and over 200 supporters from SWA and a further 50 from RBA travelled to Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium for the final of the U18 NatWest National Bowl. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved and although it wasn’t our day this time round, the boys fought all the way to end. The supporters were amazing and several RFU officials, as well as staff and parents from the other schools, commented on our supporters who sang their hearts out from start to finish. I am incredibly proud of what the team has achieved this year and have no doubt that we will be back to take home some silverware in the coming years.

I’m sure you will agree that reaching the final of a national competition for the second time in four years, in two different sports, is an amazing achievement and we believe we may be the only state school in the country to reach a national final for both football and rugby. Girls football also reached the national quarter finals two years ago and the gymnasts came third in the country in 2016. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the students and staff in creating a culture of sporting excellence. This, combined with our reputation for music, drama, dance and art, and our improving exam results, is no doubt why we are heavily oversubscribed for 2019.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Year 10
Year 10
Thank you to all parents and students involved for making the GCSE subject option process run smoothly. We now start the process of allocating students to classes and developing the curriculum model to fit these choices. As mentioned in the options booklet, if there is a clash then the reserve option choice will be used. During the next few weeks, the timetable team may be having conversations with your child to confirm their priority subjects if a clash has appeared within their top four choices. This is not unusual and we try our utmost to ensure that timetabled curriculum choices match the subjects that they have identified. As you are aware all students are to remain in all lessons currently on their timetables and to remain fully focused with the correct behaviour.

Miss E Wisson
Please remember the upcoming Year 10 PRE next Tuesday 27th March. Please do book appointments here with all subject areas to learn of the progress your child is making. Year 10 have now been given their subject reports to bring home so that you can take a look at specific areas and discuss these at the PRE with subject teachers. After Easter we begin preparation for the Year 10 mock exams. I will be delivering a presentation on revision strategies in assembly this week to get students to start preparing for their exams. Once again I would like to conclude by saying a very well done to Year 10 for their hard work this term!

Miss V Yadav
As students approach their final few weeks at school there are inevitably lots of dates for the diaries. The Class of 2018 Yearbook is already underway and we encourage students to send in lots of pictures of their time at SWA to make the Yearbook memorable for everybody in years to come. Prom is scheduled for 11th July at Knebworth and if any student has not yet paid a deposit for a ticket but still wants to come, please see the year team. There are a selected number of sessions running throughout the first week of the Easter holidays to help Year 11 students in subject specific areas ahead of their exams. Students who have been invited to attend should return forms asap. Finally, Year 11 photographs that were postponed due to the snow will take place on Tuesday 17th April. There will be a whole year group photo, individual photos and an opportunity for photos of social groups/friends.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
The campaign/election to vote for a new Head Boy and Head Girl began last week. Current year 12 students applied and have been interviewed. Four students have been successful in getting through to the SWA community vote - left to right below: Daniel Statham, Megan Frankland, Lucas Lyko and Amy Hobbs. All students and staff have one vote each and the link has been emailed around to students. Candidates were in House assemblies last week to pitch their campaign and did the same to staff on Friday briefing. Please click here for their manifestos. Voting closes next Monday 26th March.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

Health & Social Care Visitor
Last week our Year 10 Health and Social Care students had the pleasure of meeting Graham Waugh. At 52 stone he was once considered 'Britain’s fattest man'. Students listened to his inspirational story about how he piled on the pounds when depression and anxiety trapped him indoors for more than a decade. Graham now runs a successful business training overweight and obese clients. As a department we would like to thank Graham and his team for taking time out to speak to our students.
Non-Uniform Day
This Friday, 23rd April, will be a non-uniform day for all students and we will be raising money for Sport Relief. Students may donate £1 to support the work the charity does and we will be exploring this through tutor time this week.
Geography Wales Trip
A group of 30 Year 12 geography students undertook fieldwork in South Wales two weeks ago. Despite a very wet first day the rest of the week’s weather turned out to be very kind and the students were able to learn a variety of skills to help them with their course. For the majority the highlights were the coastal days that ranged from studying a transect through a sand dune system to the coastal engineering used around Saundersfoot Bay. The students were superb throughout, working hard well into each evening, to ensure they gained as much as possible from the Orielton Field Studies Centre.
House News
Last week students in House assemblies learnt about the value of democracy and heard from Head Boy and Head Girl candidates vying for students’ votes. The House MFL competition is still running with students challenged with learning a language (or enhancing their current fluency in one they already study) through the app DuoLingo. House Sports competitions continue next week with Year 9, 10 and 12 girls and boys dodgeball.
The Year 11 interventions timetables can be found here.
The Immunisation Team will be coming back in to school after the exams in July to mop up any missed vaccinations. They have advised that should any parents want to get this done through their doctors in the meantime they can do.
This week sees three massive events for the Performing Arts department inside three days. Tonight, the KS4 Drama Company presents DNA in the Theatre from 7pm, tomorrow sees the Spring Concert in Main Hall and the Dance Showcase is on Thursday. All events have a limited amount of tickets still available.
Artist of the Month goes to Rachel Evans in Year 13 for the above portrait. This oil painting has been painted in preparation for her final A level exam unit. Well done Rachel!
U18 National Rugby Final
Last Tuesday saw a first ever national rugby final appearance for an SWA side in what was an incredible experience for all those involved and shows just how far rugby has come at the school in recent years.

After an incredible journey through the U18 Natwest National Bowl competition, a final vs St Georges College awaited us at the home of Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium. Excitement grew as we arrived at the ground and were met by the 250+ travelling supporters from SWA and Robert Bloomfield Academy. With many family members and friends adding to the support, SWA were set to make a lot of noise!

As kick off approached the inevitable nerves increased, the boys realising the magnitude of the game. St Georges began on top with a 14-0 lead, showing the class that they have played with all season, their main players starting very well with the England prop carrying well and the fly half kicking them into excellent areas. SWA grew into the game with big tackles from Curtis Hymus, Harry Charter and captain Charlie Garwood. Alex Harris and Charlie Milton led our front foot charge with excellent carries, making yards and gaining good attacking positions.

However, the second half started much the same and we found ourselves 36-0 with 20 minutes to play. Staring at a very big defeat, SWA really showed their true grit and determination – the ‘Whitbread Dog’ had arrived. Being supported fantastically by the travelling fans, the Sixth Form side were able to put in a performance in the final part of the game that showed why we had made it to the final. With wave after wave of attack, Pierce Holland smashed over to send the supporters into crazy scenes! With the fans still buzzing, SWA attacked again and after a prolonged period, Tom Litchfield provided a stunning pass to Bryce Smith to score in the corner.

The final score of 36-10 showed that SWA do have the right to perform on this stage and after huge progress this year, they left the final determined to go one better next season. Congratulations to the whole squad, what you achieved was truly inspirational for all SWA students and Bedfordshire rugby in general. We go again next year!
Well done to our fabulous girls indoor hockey squads who played Redborne last week. The indoor version is very quick and relies on a high level of skill and our girls stepped up and produced some excellent play. Super star Chloe stepped in as GK and produced some excellent saves. We had three squads; Years 9, 10 and 11 and all the girls quickly adapted to the indoor rules and tactics. Winners overall were the Year 9 team, Corrine Lancaster playing really well alongside Lauren Appleby. Year 10 had some fantastic play with Jess Clarke-Patrick showing some excellent skills. Kizzy Angell, playing up in the Year 11 squad, dictated the game from the middle. A superb experience for everyone, well done.

It was also a brilliant effort from our U15 mixed hockey squad who played Goldington last week. It was a hugely competitive game with a very high level of skill shown from both teams. SWA dominated in the first half with players’ player Nathan Fuller in control of the midfield. Paris Musgrove made some super clearances at the back and Chris Horgan was awesome in goal. We scored three excellent goals in the first half through fantastic work from Toby Morlidge, Kizzy Angell and Issac Moon and although Goldington came back strongly to bring it level, I am very proud of how these superstars played. Well done.
Football Trip
Last week the school took 15 Year 9 students to St George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre at Burton, as a thank you to their commitment to school football this term. Students had a tour of the fantastic facilities and a training session with a UEFA B qualified coach.
Girls Rugby 7s
Last Thursday we took our U15 Girls Rugby A team to the Sibford 7s tournament in Banbury, Oxfordshire. We started the tournament with a tough game against Cherwell School and it took a bit of time for the girls to get going after the long journey. We ended up drawing the game 5-5 in some extremely boggy and wet conditions. As the weather improved, so did SWA’s performances winning all their other fixtures in the pool, with their most notable performance against Royal Latin who we have never beaten before in a girls 7s tournament. We made it to the final, where we played Cherwell School again, who had also improved throughout the day and unfortunately had just a bit too much pace in their team and we lost the game 22-10. It was a fantastic day out and the girls’ attitude was brilliant, we even ran the mud slide tunnel with the opposition after the final, which showed great sportsmanship (see the before and after photos below!)
Girls Rugby 
On Friday 16th March, our U15 Girls Rugby B team went to Hertford Rugby Club for the Hertfordshire 10s tournament. We were put into the cup competition with some of the strongest teams from all of Hertfordshire and it was clear from watching the first game that the standard was going to be extremely high. With some of our girls playing rugby for just the second time in their lives, they were outstanding and really rose to the occasion. We had a couple of tough games in the pool but you could see how much the girls were enjoying it and how much they improved as the day went on. We eventually finished 6th in the tournament out of a total of 20 teams, which was a huge achievement and I am extremely proud of the girls! Jodie Harbour-Brown was our player of the tournament as well as some notable performances from Katie Smith and Emma Moore. This year has been an extremely successful one for girls rugby at SWA, with over 40 girls representing the school at U15 level and we have Samuel Whitbread’s first ever girls U18 fixture coming up tomorrow.
Arsenal Ladies & Shefford Saints football
Over 40 SWA football girls of all ages and abilities last week enjoyed an extended training session and workshop with Arsenal Ladies FC coach. Organised through Shefford Saints Football Club, the day was aimed at encouraging girls who don't already play to become involved in the game, as well as showing existing footballers the possibilities open to them in Arsenal's Academy programme. The day was an incredibly positive experience and worthwhile for so many of the girls. Thank you to Shefford Saints for organising.

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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