Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 82 (16/6/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 82 (16/6/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The majority of the larger exams in English, maths and science are behind us now and we’re into the final stages with smaller multiple exam groups happening simultaneously. This can be even more difficult at times for the exams team and our army of amazing invigilators - with up to 10 different exams sometime all taking place in the same room. Also, students often have to sit in silence after their exam has finished, whilst they wait patiently for the allotted time that they are allowed to leave the room. I have been incredibly impressed with how the students have taken everything in their stride this year and have been totally focused on each exam, and then quickly moved on to the next – with the majority having around 28 exams!

We had some absolutely amazing news this week; Daniel Hoath was invited to take part in the opening ceremony for the World Cup in Russia. Daniel is a talented kite flyer who has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions. He was selected as one of 20 kite flyers from across Europe to take part in the opening ceremony and I'm sure will never forget this amazing experience. The future certainly looks bright for this amazing young man. We had more good news from our national champions, the equestrian show jumping team over half term, which on this occasion included Ewan, Annie and Caitlin. They successfully won their regional final to qualify for this year’s championship and are no doubt looking forward to defending their title later this year. They were up against some impressive opposition including Bedford School and Stowe School – which has its own private stables on site for up to twenty of its borders’ horses!

I spent a very enjoyable evening at Chicksands Base this week, at their Annual Reception and Sunset Ceremony. As well as an impressive demonstration by the Falcons Parachute display team there was also a fantastic display by the cadets drill squad – including some of our students. To finish off we were treated to a flyby from a Spitfire!

The rehearsals for the ‘Little of Shop of Horrors’ are well underway and tickets are selling fast, so please get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

We have some goodbyes coming up soon. The first is to Christine who has been a cleaner at the school for several years and always maintained high standards for the learning environment at the academy for which we are truly thankful. The second is Mrs Ankers who has worked for the school in the reprographics department and other areas for 14 years. She has been a fantastic member of staff and always managed to stayed calm and welcoming, even during the mock exam seasons!

Students in Years 9 and 10 had a non-uniform day last Friday and raised over £700 for the five house charities; Wood Green animal charity, Heathlands animal sanctuary, Mind, Team Rubicon and Sue Ryder hospice.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Dear Parents,
You will be aware from previous communications as well as the student calendar that the Year 9 Progress Review Evening is on Thursday 5th July 2017 from 3.30pm-7.00pm. This is an opportunity for you to come along to Samuel Whitbread Academy to meet with your son/daughter’s subject teachers and discuss their progress across the curriculum. You can also book an appointment with Thomas Rowell (SENCO). Members of the Learning Support department will also be on hand to deal with any issues you may have.

The booking system opens on Thursday 21st June 2018 for you to book your appointments with your child’s subject teachers online here and closes at 11am on Thursday 5th July for administration purposes.
We are hoping to break the record high attendance that Year 9 set at the meet the tutor afternoon.

Miss E Wisson
Year 10
Dear Parents,
I would like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Richard Sinclair and I am the head of Year 11. I have just said goodbye to my year group and have inherited the Year 10's. I know most of the members of Year 10 but I only have a relationship with a few parents. With this in mind I will be trying to make as many phone calls as my time allows over the next few weeks. If you have any questions or queries, please email me using the following address:
I look forward to helping another wonderful group of young people through Y
ear 11. 

Mr R Sinclair
Sixth Form
Year 13 Prom
The Year 13 Prom will be on Friday 6th July 2018 at The Airman Marquee from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Good luck to Year 13 for their remaining exams.

Year 11 into 12 Induction Day
The Induction Day will be on Friday 29th June 2018.

The timings are as follows:
8.20-8.40: Main Hall
8.40-9.40: Tutor Bases
9.40-10.40: Taster session 1
10.40-11.00: BREAK
11.00-12.00: Taster session 2
12.00-1.00: Taster session 3
1.00-2.00: LUNCH
2.00-2.45: Taster session 4
2.45-3.00: Main Hall (closing remarks)

Mr L Huckle & Mrs S Hoad

Performing Arts
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:

Film trip
Over the last two weeks, the Year 10 Film Studies students have been undertaking their GCSE coursework. For this, the students are required to make their own individual short film, which counts for 30% of their overall GCSE grade. As a department, we have taken the students to the Norton Common, in Letchworth, to allow the students to be more creative with their ideas. The majority of students have opted to utilise the woodland area, to create some effective horror films. Whilst others explored the industrial estate, to produce their crime films. Throughout the 10 days, the students have directed, filmed and performed in each other’s short films- showing a real sense of team work. The students have acted with a sense of maturity and have been highly professional on this trip. We look forward to the editing process, and to viewing their productions in the coming weeks!
On Thursday 19th July (penultimate day of term), we will be hosting a charity afternoon to raise money for Jambo Jipya School and Orphanage in Kenya. The school aims to provide opportunities for their 250 children, 80 of whom are orphans with no family. The school is reliant on donations for over 90% of its running costs, including food, teachers' salaries, rent and water. With the money we raise in July we are hoping to be able to give enough money for the school to be able to build a bore hole and pump for access to running water. Each form group will have a stall to try to raise money for the project.
The Artist of the Month is Ellie Manning Year 12. We love this beautiful portrait painted in unusual oil colours. Keep up the great work, we can't wait to see more.
In the Bedford District Schools Competition, all three sides are currently unbeaten and looking on course to reach their respective finals. The U14 boys have already qualified for finals day having won all five of their league fixtures. Close finishes against Lincroft and Bedford Academy went SWA's way as good all-round team performances helped them get over the line. The U15s have two important games coming up against Sharnbrook and Redborne to book their place in the finals. This year for the first time there is also a 'Last Man Stands' 8-a-side league in which SWA have entered an U15 B team into with great success. After three games SWA are at the top of the league, with some particularly impressive performances from Sam Gifford and Paris Musgrove.
The U15 girls cricketers competed in the 8-a-side County Championships last week and having won it last year were incredibly motivated to remain County Champions. We played Biddenham and Lincroft in our pool and after two convincing wins we moved into the semi-finals to play Cedars. We knew from the indoor tournament early on in the year they were a strong side with two very good batsman however that did not stop Tascha Stokes-Collis from taking the catch of one and Jess Cooke bowling the other with only limited runs scored. This enabled the girls to bat comfortably and take us into the final against Redborne. Again they had some talent amongst them however this did not stop Dee’Anna Petrucci or Paris Musgrove from taking the wickets. We came away County Champions and play at Loughborough in the Regional Finals in a few weeks’ time.
In rounders fixtures this week, SWA's U15 A team had three games to get through on the final evening of competition. Showing great commitment and leadership skills, the girls took all three wins, beating Sharnbrook by a single rounder, Redborne by three and Bedford Girls School 'B' by 4. Player of the match was Izzy Lambley.

SWA's B team also had their final games of the league against Redborne and Bedford Girls School 'B'. Just like the A team, the girls performed superbly and won both games, by one rounder against Redborne and 6.5 rounders against Bedford Girls! Players of the match were Megan Sawyer and Mia Hammer.
Well done to the SWA students who represented Mid Beds at the Bedfordshire County Athletics this week. Whitbread had a record 20 students who qualified to compete and came away with 5 County Champions: Nathan Litchfield (Hammer), Chloe Ward (Javelin), Ruben Thomas (High Jump), Liam Holland (Javelin), Theo Ogonah (Hammer). We also had 7 second places: Emma Moore (Triple Jump), Cailin Prior (Hammer), Kizzy Angel (Javelin), Joe Lawson (High Jump), Tascha Stokes-Collis (Discus), Charlie Woodcraft (400m) and Taylor Haddow (Discus). Congratulations to all.
Over half term SWA's Equestrian Team had an extremely successful day competing in the National Schools Equestrian Association Regional Championships at Keysoe. Ewan, Annie and Caitlin entered as a team in the 85cm and came first which qualified them for the National Finals in October. On top of the team competition, the three also competed as individuals in a variety of classes. Caitlin came 4th in the 85cm and qualifies for the Championship Plate. Annie had a double clear in the 90cm to finish 8th and Ewan went on to win the 1.10m class which qualifies him for the Championships. An amazing effort by this team of fantastic students - well done!

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.
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

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.
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

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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