Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 80 (11/5/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 80 (11/5/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Students in Year 10 have been taking their mock exams this week and the invigilators have fed back to the exam team how fantastic the students have been all week. The biggest problem was, in fact, caused by a large spider that walked around one of the exam halls and needed escorting out of the hall by an invigilator! The GCSE and A Level exams start next week with gusto and students in Years 11, 12 and 13 are all working hard revising.

The vote for the new academy values is going really well and the first two new school values are ‘Equality’ and ‘Team Work’. The vote for Value 3 on Twitter @SamWhitAcademy closes on Sunday evening and is between: Resolve, Perseverance, Resilience and Determination, with Determination currently in the lead. Please have a look on Twitter and join in!

Following the success of the Student Leadership Team’s research into young people’s sleep patterns this year, they have turned their findings into an assembly which they have presented to each of the five houses at SWA, to a number of local lower schools and to nearly 1000 students during a whole school assembly at RBA. As the Sixth Form students are now busy revising, I spent an enjoyable afternoon delivering their assembly to Shillington Lower School this week on their behalf. The pupils at Shillington were fantastic, they all listened attentively and at the end they asked some great questions, including ‘how many mg of caffeine is there in a can of Lucozade?’

The gymnastics team have trained hard all year in preparation for the nationals last weekend and although they didn’t get the result they wanted, I am incredibly proud of how hard they worked with their coach Becky and the level of dedication they displayed. Members of the girls football teams also had a great weekend when they went to Wembley to watch the women’s FA cup! We have had further sporting success in the past two weeks with both the boys U15 and U19 footballers winning District Cup finals at Kempston Rovers FC against Redborne and Sharnbrook respectively, and both Year 9 rounders teams qualified for the Premier League with impressive wins.

Nick Martin

Year 9
I can imagine you are all intrigued and excited to hear how your children are progressing, both in core subjects and within other subject areas especially for what they may have chosen to study for GCSE.
The Progress Review Evening for Year 9 is on Thursday 5th July. Please make a point of clearing your diaries for that evening. It is vital that you are aware of not only their progress, but also how you can support your children at home. I look forward to seeing you all on the evening.

Miss E Wisson
Year 10
A huge ‘well done’ to Year 10, having completed their mock exams successfully yesterday. Despite the challenging pressure all students' behaviour and attitude was excellent throughout the week. A massive well done.

Miss V Yadav
Year 11
We are there! The culmination of years of hard work starts on Monday with the first full exams. During the last two weeks of term it is an expectation that all Year 11 pupils attend lessons as normal, including registration, unless they have an exam.
It is vital that we work together to reduce the stress that your child is feeling. Some ideas I have for this are listed below:
- A good night’s sleep
- Healthy, filling food including breakfast 
- School uniform will be worn for examinations
- Lots of positive reinforcement
- All equipment prepared the night before an exam

Any issues or questions, please direct to the tutor or myself.
I am filled with a sense of pride regarding the Year 11 group. They are a great bunch of young people who deserve all the success they will get over the coming months.

Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
As we start the last two weeks for Year 13 we look forward to their leavers assembly on Thursday 24th May. Traditionally students wear fancy dress for this event if they wish, and exam leave will start after this date. We remind students and parents that the professional dress code is an expectation for our remaining days and during the exam period.

For those students progressing to university we remind parents that the deadline for Student Finance applications is Friday 25th May – students must access the Students Finance website and complete the steps required. 

Special praise must go to Becky Darnell for her amazing work with the gymnastics squad, and their successes in the National competition last weekend (read below). Well done to the Sixth Form football team beating Sharnbrook last night, and praise also for all our Year 13 tutors and the Sixth Form team who have done such tremendous work with supporting our students with revision, university, apprenticeship and job applications.

And finally an enormous thank you to Mrs Pateman who has helped so many of our students over the last nine years at Samuel Whitbread – she is moving onto pastures new and we wish her all the best of luck with her new job. She will be missed by us all.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

Duke of Edinburgh
60 Year 10 students completed their practice expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Ivinghoe Beacon and surrounding area two weekends ago. The weather was not on their side, with temperatures as low as 4 degrees along with wind and rain. However students persevered admirably, showing determination and teamwork to cope with the difficult conditions. They are all looking forward now to their assessed expedition next week. Good luck to all involved!
The English creative writing house competition is open for entries, with a challenge to write a short story of 200 words or less on the theme ‘Dreams and Nightmares’
The house sports competitions take place on Monday-Wednesday 21st-23rd May with mixed rounders teams. This is the last house sports competition before the big House Olympics event in July.

Alice in Wonderland
Students from across the lower and middle schools in BEST have been working hard with some staff and students from SWA for the last term to put on the production of Alice in Wonderland. They performed for 3 nights at the end of April to sell out audiences. Their hard work certainly paid off and we are so proud of what they have achieved. Every student performed extremely well and the audience loved it. We have some extremely talented students within the BEST trust and want to give them lots of performing opportunities; they all shone like stars and exceeded everybody’s expectations. Well done to all involved and we hope that they will return for the pantomime at Christmas! 
Our U15 county-winning handball side travelled to Cambridge University to take part in the East of England Regional Finals. The boys performed admirably all day winning 4 of their 5 league games and drawing the other. This meant that they finished the league in top position and would face Gower Park School from Romford in the final to decide who would go to the National Finals. After already beating them in the league in a tough match we knew Gower Park would be out for revenge, and this was certainly the case. An early onslaught from Gower put SWA on the back foot and 2-0 down inside 3 minutes of the 12 minute match, SWA regained their composure but struggled to break through a resolute GP defence. After 8 minutes of play the boys found themselves 4-2 down and were forced to go all-out attack to try and steal the win, unfortunately it wasn’t to be with Gower Park hitting SWA twice on the counter to take victory 6-2. It was an outstanding effort from the boys, and to finish second in the region is excellent, however I think the disgruntled faces in the team picture show how much the boys were disappointed not to be representing SWA in our first handball National Final. 

Team: Haddow, Moloney, Ogonah, Bright, Smart, Eytle, Richardson, Horgan, Lawson, Boothe, Pettifar
Nathan Hardy in Year 9 finished 3rd in the final stage of the National Youth Tour of Isle of Man. A stellar performance on the gruelling Ellerslie Hill stage saw Nathan take third which catapulted him from 11th overnight to 5th in the overall standings. Well done Nathan!
U16 Football
SWA U16 boys triumphed in the District Cup Final, retaining their crown they had won in Years 9 and 10. The boys started very well against Redborne, passing the ball around well leaving the opposition chasing shadows. However, the deadlock wasn’t broken until SWA received a free kick on the edge of the box which Sam Beckwith delivered an inch perfect pass to the back post to be met by Josh Evans to score what eventually turned out to be the winning goal. It was lovely for the Year 11s to finish off on a high note with their last game together as such a successful team throughout their time at Whitbread.
U19 Football
On Thursday night the SWA 1st XI football boys breezed their way to the District Cup by beating Sharnbrook 5-1 in the final at Kempston Rovers FC. Goals from Aaron Gooch, Joe Ryan and a perfect hat-trick from man of the match Sam King wrapped up a fantastic performance from a free-flowing Whitbread in what was some of the squad’s final football game for the school. The introduction of the Jack Collison Soccer Academy to the Sixth Form has hugely benefited these boys and it showed last night. Congratulations to you all.
A huge well done to our girls gymnastics team who represented Bedfordshire in the National Finals in acrobatics, tumbling and disabilities competition last weekend at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent. The girls were very nervous in such a huge arena and were up against some exceptional competition.
Cerys Gregory was first up, performing three good tumbles despite a knee injury. The Group 6 girls next up, supported by head coach, Becky Darnell. Up against some incredibly high level gymnasts who were performing exceptional routines, the girls showed skill and courage and should be proud of their achievement of reaching the national finals.
Gemma Ryan completed the day with three excellent tumbles and incredibly finished 4th overall in the UK, a huge achievement!
We are all very proud of the girls and their hard work since September. Thank you to all the parents who have supported them and a very special thank you to Head Coach Becky Darnell who has been so influential in making sure the gymnasts have fulfilled their potential this year.

The U15A girls had a fantastic first game on Thursday, beating Mark Rutherford comfortably, but the second game came around quickly with a bit of a shock to the girls losing out to Bedford Girls School by 9 rounders. There is a lot to improve with our fielding especially long barriers! Despite this, all players had an enjoyable evening playing and learning plenty.

The Year 9 rounders girls were fantastic last week in the county seeding event and incredibly both A and B teams qualified for the Premier League for this year. The A team won every single game, with Kizzy Angell demonstrating superb batting skills, and the B team managed three wins out of five to join the A’s in the top division! Well done girls, we look forward to an exciting season!

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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