Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 83 (9/7/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 83 (9/7/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The weather has been stunning this half term, and whilst many people revel in sunshine – it also brings its own set of challenges. On days when it has been forecast to hit 30 degrees we have allowed students to wear their PE kit to ensure that they feel comfortable in lessons and are ready to learn and I’m pleased to say that the students have responded in a very mature manner to the change of dress code.

Over the last two weeks we have had two very successful transition evenings, as well as three transition days, when the new Year 8 students come up for the day to experience what it’s like to be a student at Samuel Whitbread. As part of the transition days they also helped us to select the final two school values, to add to the five already chosen: equality, teamwork, determination, integrity and empathy. The values the students chose were 'respect' and 'ingenuity'. These values form the final piece of the jigsaw alongside our vision statement ‘to be the BEST we can be’ and our mission statement ‘to foster a learning community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve and excel’. This will drive everything we do at Samuel Whitbread over the coming years and I would like to thank all of you who joined in with the vote on Twitter.

This week we had the Summer Arts Festival, which is one of the highlights of the term and seems to get bigger and better every year. The night was opened and closed by two fantastic performances from our school band RetroPlay. The rest of the programme was packed with a multitude of different performances, including choirs, artwork, solo performances, bands, cheerleaders, film, drama and dance productions. It was fantastic to see so many performances by students from other schools, including Henlow, Etonbury and Robert Bloomfield, as well as pupils from many of the lower schools in the pyramid. The event is rapidly becoming a true celebration of the arts in this cluster of schools and I have no doubt that it will continue to go from strength to strength.

We have had several amazing individual performances this half term, with Daniel Hoath returning safely from Russia, after performing in the opening ceremony of the World Cup - as one of top 20 kite flyers from across Europe. Also, Nathan Hughes will be swimming in the 400m freestyle next week at the European Championships in Finland and then the Open Water European Championship in Malta – he is currently 2nd in the world, so fingers crossed! Lastly, Tegan Davidson appeared in EastEnders last week alongside Danny Dyer.

The Little of Shop of Horrors rehearsals are well underway and tickets are selling fast - so please book soon to avoid any disappointment, the performances are on the Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July.

In sport, as we gear towards sports days this week and House Olympics next week, summer teams are completing their seasons in district and county competitions. The Year 9 rounders girls were fantastic in winning the county tournament and all three boys cricket teams have made it through to their respective finals in the last two weeks of term. And lastly, our cheerleading squad, Warriors, came second in Bedfordshire in their first ever competition last week.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for coming and making the Progress Review Evening last week such a success. As I walked around it was great to see so many positive conversations taking place throughout. I noticed many very enthused pupils and lots of extremely proud parents. 

As we come to the end of the school year it is vital that our high expectations we have for the young people of Year 9 do not drop. I thank you in advance for maintaining the excellent levels of support you have given all year long regarding attendance, uniform and homework.

Miss E Wisson
Sixth Form - Y11-12 Transition Days
Last Friday (29th June) we welcomed the prospective Year 12 students for their induction day. Students met form tutors and had taster sessions in their option choices and enrichment. We were really pleased with the first impressions they made, including how smart they were.

Some students couldn’t attend and we have put all the resources from each taster session, including summer tasks and reading lists on the school website. We look forward to seeing students on GCSE results day (Thursday 23rd August) and the Sixth Form team will be available to answer any queries or concerns about Sixth Form entry. All students who have applied to our Sixth Form have an appointment with us on 4th September. Any admissions queries can be directed to the Sixth Form team via Miss Butler

Link for Induction resources
Sixth Form - Year 12 Next Step Days
All year 12 students took part in the Year 12 ‘Next Step’ days on 3rd and 4th July. These days included:
1) Advice and guidance on university applications
2) Advice and guidance on opportunities other than university: apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, work experience, gap years
3) Personal statement writing
4) Registering with the UCAS application process
5) Health awareness – skin cancer, breast cancer and testicular cancer
All powerpoints and resources will be placed on the Sixth Form learning platform on google drive and have been emailed to all students.

Year 10
Monica Steeley
Monica is a team member of the Milton Keynes Cheerleading Academy (MKCA) and they have qualified for the National Cheerleading Championships in Bournemouth for the 6th-8th July.

Daniel Hoath
Daniel travelled over to Russia last month to take part in the Football World Cup opening ceremony. Daniel is considered one of the world’s brightest talents at his age group in his chosen pursuit of kite flying.
At a recent national competition he was placed second in the Over 18’s category and his hoping to become national age group champion in several different disciplines.

Oscar Francis-West
This is part of Oscar's entry for a Bedford Museum competition. Oscar has won a prize and been invited to a prize giving on 9th July. Please read it and appreciate how truly excellent it is. He's writing a diary entry as John Bunyan in prison.

“It is dark as I write this now. Only a small flickering candle illuminates the darkness around me like a man, desperately attempting to be brave in this depressing, demoralising world we all live in. I do know not to whom I write but only that I hope someone will take some of their precious time in doing so. Maybe for myself, so as to relay my thoughts, or possibly for a fellow inmate who may discover this diary hidden away discreetly long after I am gone. But gone where you ask? I can honestly say I do not have the faintest clue of that. All I can do is assume.”

Year 8 Transition Days
Year 8 transition days took place last week with next year’s intake experiencing life at Samuel Whitbread before arriving in September. During these days students had the opportunity to experience taster sessions for particular subjects, get to know their tutor groups and form tutor and learn about the pastoral and house systems at SWA.

Throughout the week Students impressed us with their positivity and respect for each other and their environment. All transition days have been successful, positive and fun. We very much look forward to seeing and working with Year 9 in September.
I wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer.

Miss Yadav
Summer Arts
Last Monday hundreds of students from across BEST schools, including SWA, Etonbury and Robert Bloomfield performed at the annual Summer Arts Festival. The night was a huge success with fantastic art and textiles exhibitions, a huge variety of music and drama performances and some fantastic cheerleading and dance routines. The BBQ, bar and ice cream van proved to be a huge hit as well. Some of the many highlights of the evening included fantastic solos from RBA‘s vocal zone and a thought-provoking devised drama performance from Etonbury. The evening was jam packed with a huge array of talent – SWA Chamber Choir performed an excellent set of songs and the BEST Orchestra’s rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ was superb. Thank you to all the students and staff involved. Have a fantastic summer!
Little Shop of Horrors
SWA Performing Arts Department host their final showcase of the year, A Little Shop of Horrors, on Wednesday-Friday this week. The set has gone up in preparation and the event is sure to be another extraordinary show of the talent and dedication from students at SWA.

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

As the houses prepare for one of the biggest house events of the year - The House Olympics on 17th July - the Year 8s were this week introduced to their houses by house leaders and house captains, and told of the values and origins of each house, as well as information of their chosen charity. Totals raised so far this year by each house are as follows:
Harwood (Heathlands Animal Sanctuary) - £758.54
Olivier (MIND) - £675.65
Pendleton (Team Rubicon UK) - £703.64
Whishaw (Sue Ryder Hospice) - £693.93
Whittle (Wood Green Animal Charity) - £717.52

This month we are celebrating three GCSE potters: Jasmin La Francesca, Emilia Beian and Maja Puckey. Well done, your amazing clay creations really stood out at the Summer Arts Festival Art Exhibition this week!
Nathan Hughes
Good luck to Year 12 A-Level PE student Nathan Hughes as he competes in the European Junior Swimming Championships in Finland this week. Nathan is competing in the 400m individual medley and looking at times from this year, he is hoping for a very successful week that could end in a medal hunt. After being home for a few days Nathan then flies to Malta for the European Open Water Championships. We wish Nathan the very best of luck in both competitions.
Boys Cricket
Both the Year 10A and B team have successfully negotiated their way through to their respective finals following finishing top of their groups.
The A team have successfully won all of their group games and managed to record two very good victories vs Sharnbrook and Redborne. The team have developed into very mature cricketers showing cricket ability well beyond their years. Special mention to captain Ben Stevens who has demonstrated great determination against two strong bowling attacks in those crucial games. Lucas Bhatti has led the attack with the ball going for very few runs all year and taking many wickets. On County Finals Day (Monday 16th July) we play Stratton in the first semi-final and if successful play the winners of Redborne vs Sharnbrook.

The B team have had some very close games and won an epic last ball match vs local rivals Etonbury. Skippered by Ben Gifford, this side has shown some very good skills that would have seen them most probably qualify in the A team league. Runs from Ollie Davidson, Joe Lawson and Ben Gifford has seen us post and chase good scores. Excellent bowling from Max Abbott and Paris Musgrove has seen us take regular wickets and apply good pressure. In the final they will play Goldington or Etonbury at Elstow Cricket Club next Wednesday 11th July.

Rock Climbing
Well done to all Year 10 students that have completed their rock climbing exams as part of their GCSE PE practical performance exams. After two days of intense training students were put through a tough completion climb where they had to demonstrate all their skills and race against the clock! Well done to all involved!
Year 12 Transition
On the Year 12 induction day it was great to meet all the football and rugby students for next year’s enrichment courses. With many external students looking to join SWA based on the reputation of the two courses growing stronger every year, we look forward to welcoming new members alongside the students from within our current Year 11 cohort. Very exciting times ahead in September!
Staff Cricket
Two weeks ago, SWA's staff cricket team beat Bedford Modern School staff in a closely fought encounter. Mr Pride and Mr Jamil impressed with the ball and Mr Henwood finished off a chase of 117 with one ball to spare!
Rounders Year 9
Despite the high temperatures the Year 9 ‘A’ Rounders team kept their heads to win the County Rounders Tournament last week. They performed extremely well in all four games beating Etonbury, Wootton, Bedford Girls School and Mark Rutherford. Well done to all of the girls that were part of the team, special mention to Kizzy Angell as player of the tournament. 

Squad: Ashton Smith, Skye Oswick, Chloe Benjamin, Caitlin Oxton, Lottie Tarttelin, Gemma Ryan, Kizzy Angell, Lauren Appleby, Corin Lancaster, Megan Butt, Makayla Eastwick, Amelie Henman
Rounders Year 10
Last Monday the U15 team competed in the Bedfordshire County Rounders Tournament. They had a great start beating Mark Rutherford convincingly. They then came up against BGS and demonstrated excellent fielding skills but just couldn't catch their score for the win. They went on to beat Sharnbrook and KCA, where they showed off their fantastic batting and fielding skills. A particular mention to Paris Musgrove as top scorer and Tabby Brown who took some unbelievable catches. Well done to all of the girls who took part, they were a credit to the school. A big well done to Robyn Moreno who was voted player of the day.

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 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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