Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 81 (31/5/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 81 (31/5/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The half term has gone by incredibly quickly and the exams are now in full swing. Our fantastic team of invigilators have been full of praise for the way the students have conducted themselves.

Last Thursday was the final day for Year 11 and Year 13 students and the traditional fancy dress costumes this year included superheroes, film stars and even several Tyrannosaurus Rex’s (see below for pictures). The final assemblies included performances from the school band, as well as celebrating the students’ achievements and thanking the teachers and tutors who have helped them through the last three or five years at SWA. The traditional SWA video also went down incredibly well this year and can be seen on YouTube (link below).

Values three, four and five have been voted in by the whole school community and are ‘Determination’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Empathy’. The final two values will be decided by the Year 8 students when they come up for their induction days in July.

This has been a great week for some of our ex-students. First, Chrissy from The Shires was on Radio 2 during the build-up to the royal wedding on Saturday. Ben Whishaw appeared in the new BBC drama ‘a Very English Scandal’ on Sunday evening, following on from his incredibly successful performance in Paddington 2 and lastly, Jack James signed his first professional football contract at Luton Town FC.

Two weekends ago over 50 of our students took part in the Bronze DofE assessed expedition. Mr Edwards said the students were fantastic and proved themselves very capable in the hot conditions.

We’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks for sport at SWA with District athletics champions and an unbeaten start to the season for our boys cricketers. However, the standout performance was by the U15 boys footballers who once again met St Thomas More in the final. After an impressive team effort, with every single player doing their bit, SWA came away with a 3-0 win. This shows how far the team has come and bodes well for the National Cup next year.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Just a reminder; if your son/daughter is still wearing skinny fit trousers please could I ask that this changes over the half term. All students should be wearing straight leg with an approved school badge on. These can either be purchased from TotalClothing or the badges alone can be bought from reception. Have a lovely break, and then we are into our final half term of Year 9.

Miss E Wisson
Sixth Form
We have said good luck and goodbye to the Year 13 at their leaver’s assembly last week. We enjoyed performances from Retroplay and Elizabeth Navarro, speeches from our Head Girl Emily and Head Boy Kieran and enjoyed seeing the range of fancy dress on offer. They are a superb year group and have worked really hard during their years with us – we wish them the best for their exams, apprenticeships, university degrees and future careers. We particularly thanked the tutors for their support through their A levels and BTECs, and the Sixth Form team including Mrs Bonham and Mrs Pateman. During study leave they are welcome to seek revision help and support from their subject teachers and the Sixth Form team will continue to available for help and advice. Results day will soon be upon us and we look forward to seeing many happy students and parents on the 16th August.

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

House Sports
Performing Arts
Creative Writing
Last week saw the final house sports competitions of the year - before the big House Olympics in July - with a mixed rounders tournament. Whishaw completed a clean sweep with three wins from the three tournaments played.
Leavers Video
During the Year 11 and Year 13 leavers assemblies, the students were shown the now famous leavers videos that have been put together meticulously by the film department in recent weeks! The video has been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here.
Duke of Edinburgh
In complete contrast to their practice weekend, 63 Year 10 students completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition two weekends ago. With their practice weekend in freezing conditions, the students enjoyed an incredibly warm weekend and coped very well whilst camping and trekking around Ivinghoe.
The Performing Arts department have two exciting concerts coming up: Little Shop of Horrors and the annual Summer Arts Festival.

Tickets are on sale for both and can be bought through the link here:

The Creative Writing short story house competition saw some original entries, but the winner was Katie Grant, 9J, for her piece entitled 'Patient 42564', below:

Patient 42564
The woods are a very dark place. But it is also a paradise of calmness and serenity. I don’t even know how I got here, I just woke up in this magical nightmare. I can hear the crunch of the leaves underneath my feet. The eerie feeling of the trees, the fear of the unknown. The wind hitting my face as I nervously walked through Satan’s playground. I can hear the crackling of the creatures back. The growl of his deep voice is music to my ears. He tears off his skin piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle. I can see the red liquid pouring out of his demonic skin, he calls it ‘fruit punch’. He suddenly walks slowly over to me in a petrifying way. Its not a normal walk, its an urban waltz with rapidly slow breaking legs. I can feel the adrenaline rushing through me, I want to run so bad! But I can’t. I’m frozen to death. It suddenly started running at me in this waltz. I can hear my scream but its not loud enough. Can I wake up from this constant nightmare? Wait I hear a voice! A doctor! I’m in a coma...

U15 Football
Rugby Marathon
It’s been a busy term for athletics with several competitions. Firstly, the teams competed in the English School Track & Field Championships and have both qualified for the regional rounds of the competition. The boys scored 466 points and will visit Chelmsford for their A final and the girls scored 333 points and will go to Watford for their B final. The boys team have scored particularly well and are currently ranked in the top 10 in the UK ahead of the regional round meetings. Good luck to both teams.

Last Thursday, our athletes followed their Track & Field Cup success with a district competition at Bedford Athletics Track. SWA took 38 students to compete in the meet in a variety of events, with all students vying to become district champions. I am pleased to announce that we have 15 district champions across the Junior and Intermediate age groups:

Alison Agbor – Discus, Jazz Currey – High Jump, Ruben Thomas – High Jump, Brandon Kilsby – Discus, Nathan Litchfield – Hammer
Emma Moore – Steeplechase & Triple Jump, Chloe Ward – Javelin, Tascha Stokes-Collis – Discus, Cailin Prior – Hammer, Charlie Woodcraft – 800m, Joe Lawson – 3000m, Taylor Haddow – Discus, Theo Ogonah – Hammer, Boys Relay Team 

Two weeks ago our Year 10 boys footballers played the County Cup final at Cranfield United FC against St Thomas More. The two teams have developed a fierce rivalry over the last two years and this game was no exception.

With a precise game plan in place the boys took to the field to try and execute it, and hopefully retain the trophy that they won last year. After a tight 20 minutes, Harry Butler opened the scoring with a delicate chip over the opposition keeper. Just before half time, SWA doubled their lead through Ben Stevens after some excellent work down the right hand side. 15 minutes into the second half a trip in the opposition box led to a penalty being awarded to SWA that was coolly converted by captain Matt Moloney.

After some fierce attacking from St Thomas More in attempt to get back into the game the boys stood strong and defended excellently right up until the final whistle to take victory 3-0, and successfully lift the County Cup!

A gallery of photos from the match can be seen here.
The U14 and U15 boys are both still unbeaten so far this season and are on course for appearances at the District Schools T20 Finals Day in July.
The U14s were excellent in defeating Wootton by 70 runs, and then scraped past Lincroft by 4 runs in a tense game to maintain their 100% record. They also take on Challney Boys next week in the County Cup with a game vs Bedford Modern the prize for the winner.
Due to weather, the U15s have only played one fixture, a good hard-fought win over Biddenham, and look good to retain their District title from last year.
Last Wednesday 48 boys participated in a three-hour game of rugby 7s. Split into two teams the Year 9’s and 10’s mixed to make two big squads. The idea was to raise as much money as possible for a new team kit through sponsorship.

After three hours of play and hundreds of substitutions, the final score was 201-140 in favour of the blue team. Special mention to Theo who scored 7 tries and Taylor Haddow who scored 6.

The atmosphere and standard of play was incredible with great sportsmanship shown throughout. In total we raised well over £1000 and we will see the boys in new kit next year!

The U15 B team had their second round of games against Mark Rutherford and BGS A. Their first game against Mark Rutherford was closely contested but SWA girls fielding skills were outstanding. There was some excellent batting from Megan Sawyer and Emma Moore helping the girls take a 12-7 win. The girls put up a great fight against BGS A but unfortunately BGS took the game.
Luton Town graduate
Congratulations to former student Jack James who has earned his first ever professional football contract after coming through the academy at Luton Town FC. Jack was captain of the Year 11 team that played in the National Cup final for SWA two years ago.

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:

Safeguarding Team
We take the safeguarding of our students very seriously at SWA and the safety and protection of our students is paramount in all that we do on a day to day basis. Mark Gibbs, Associate Principal, is the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the Academy.

The team which includes Clare Hood, Associate Principal, Clare Bonham PSO Sixth Form, Jo Abbott PSO Year 9, Tanya Clark PSO Year 11, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers PSO Year 10, Vishali Yadav Head of Year 9 and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 11 are always willing to support and give advice.

If you do have any concerns about any of the students about their safety please contact a member of the Safeguarding team to discuss your concerns or contact The Central Bedfordshire HUB on 0300 300 8585 or if you live in Bedford Borough please call 01234 718700.





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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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