Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 86 (1/10/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 86 (1/10/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The first four weeks have gone by in a flash and we are already half way through this half term. Last week we had an information evening for Year 12, an info evening for DofE and our first Year 8 Open Evening - for Henlow and out of catchment families. The event was extremely well attended, with considerable interest from families out of catchment. As always, we had hundreds of students helping out on the night, including lots of current Year 9 students, who were keen to help promote their new school to the younger pupils. The Sixth Form guides were also a credit to the school and received fantastic comments on the evaluations. I was joined on stage by Megan and Lucas (Head Girl and Boy) as well as Jensen and Lauren, two Year 9 students who spoke incredibly well about their first three weeks at SWA and how they felt when they were in Year 8. A special thank you to Charlotte who stepped in with a moment’s notice to present on stage, and John who played an amazing piece on the violin!

Throughout last week I talked in assemblies about the second of our school values, ‘Empathy’. As well as telling students about the new well that we have paid for at our sister school, Jambo, in Kenya, I also talked about how we support a number of charities at the academy, including cancer research, Help for Heroes and WWF among others. This linked nicely to the house assemblies, as students are currently selecting their chosen charity for this year. It also linked well to the Macmillan coffee morning that we held on Friday and raised over £250.

The auditions for Cinderella have created so much interest this year - with 160 students turning up - that we are going to run two casts. This is unprecedented in the history of the school and just goes to show how far we have come in the last few years and how amazing the Arts are at Samuel Whitbread.

A quick update on school lockers: I have met with a couple of suppliers over the last two weeks and we are pushing ahead with installing another 97 lockers – hopefully over the half term break.

Sport has been amazing so far this term, with the girls currently unbeaten at every age group for netball and wins against Bedford Modern, Sharnbrook and Wootton. The boys have equally had success at both football and rugby (see below for details) with the standout performance by the 1st XV who beat Sir John Lawes 97-0 in the National Cup.

Nick Martin

Year 9
The Year 9s continue to impress me with their effort and attitude, they have really settled into Academy life. As Head of Year I have received so many positive comments about the year group from staff. It is so nice to see and hear of so many early successes in and out of the classroom. The students seem to have really embraced the extra curricular activities on offer including Cinderella and playing sport for the school and I look forward to seeing them excel in all that they do over the coming months.

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
Year 10 pupils have started the year with a fresh excitement for learning and a genuine drive to excel. The energy around the year group is exactly what is needed to ensure all individuals progress both academically and socially. All pupils appear well presented and punctual which will have a positive impact on their learning.
All thoughts now turn to a year and a half down the line when our young students will sit their GCSE's. Now is the time for them to double their efforts, making sure they are producing quality classwork and homework, that they are asking questions and challenging theories. In order to concentrate on this, it is vital that the support from home and school is consistent. I am convinced that the positive manner in which the year has started will bring great success to all of Year 10 moving forward.

Miss E Wisson
Year 11
Well done to our sporting superstars in Year 11 who have started the season with not only great results but fantastic attitude – the football A team have a 100% record and meaningfully the B team have won two out of three in the A team league. On top of this our Year 11 netballers have made a fantastic start with two out of two. Well done to all, keep up the dedication and hard work. Thank you also to all our Year 11s who helped show off our fantastic school at open evening last week, they were incredible ambassadors and visiting parents were very impressed.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Year 13 students have set themselves aspirational target grades. These will now be used in class within all lessons. Students are aspiring to achieve what they want to achieve and do not need to feel restricted by a target grade that has been set for them based upon their GCSE performance. Aspirational progress for all students is what we pride ourselves on in the Sixth Form and the current Year 13s are the first to be part of this aspirational target setting. Year 12s will do the same thing as soon as they know what their generated target grade is.

Keep aspiring to be part of our sixth form ethos: Believe – Achieved – Succeed – Exceed

This issue we are celebrating three outstanding Year 9 students. We had lots of fantastic Year 9 pencil drawings to choose from but managed to narrow it down to the three above from Ashleigh Sheffield, Amy Halls and Charlotte Lake. We look forward to seeing more beautiful drawings, paintings and sculptures from the art department throughout the year.

Parent Forum FAQs
Please see in the link below a set of FAQs. These questions were raised by the parent forum, and we have provided responses. If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Rowell for more information. To view the FAQs on the school website, click here.
Non-uniform days
There are three non-uniform days this term, dates and charities as follows:
Friday 19th October for Clifton church window fund (including cake sale)
Friday 16th November for Children in Need
Wednesday 19th December for the House charities

Open Evening
A reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd October) sees the second and final Open Evening for prospective Year 9 students with tours taking place from 6pm onwards.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Friday morning saw staff and students take part in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning', raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The final total is yet to be announced but is in excess of £250, with 9H (pictured at the top of this newsletter) contributing by running a cake sale to all students in The Street. Well done to all involved.
Dance Workshop
The Year 11 dancers were worked hard last week by visiting dance artist, Lisa Spackman, from Bedfordshire-based dance company Two Thirds Sky. Lisa taught the students some repertoire from her company piece. This will form the basis of a performance in a group piece that the Year 11s will have to create and perform as part of their component 1 in March 2019. The students did an amazing job learning the challenging repertoire and their attitudes were positive and professional. They made me proud!
Miss Major
Performing Arts
The cast for the BEST pantomime Cinderella has been decided and rehearsals have started,
Tickets have already been sold for our pantomime story to be told.
You can cheer, you can sing, you can boo, you can hiss. This pantomime will be one you won’t want to miss!
So stop no further, you don’t need to think. Have a look below and click on the link!

1st XV Rugby
Our 1st XV rugby team has had an outstanding start to the year with a convincing win against Sir John Lawes School in the NatWest Vase competition. We scored some amazing team tries mixed with some moments of individual brilliance. There were so many stand out performances, with Reon Lewis scoring a hat trick on his 1st XV debut, but we awarded the player of the game to Pierce Holland for his powerful carrying and all round work rate.
Rugby U15s
The first game of the season was a tricky away trip to Bedford School. Having lost 40-3 last year we knew this would be a tough challenge with many high quality players in the opposition. All summer the boys have worked hard looking at defence and attacking shape and this was our first opportunity to put it into practice. The game started very evenly until a try for Bedford saw them take a 7-0 lead. SWA hit back straight away with Jackson scoring a great try in the corner.
7-5down at half time we knew we were in a tough game and with a few changes we could turn the tables. We started the second half much better and a second try from Jackson after a break from Harrison Wade put us 12-7 up. A further penalty from Nathan Litchfield extended the lead before Bedford scored to make it 15-14. It was a nervous ten minutes for the SWA boys but they held on showing great grit and determination. This is the first victory over Bedford School and we look forward to the rematch in a few weeks.

U16 Football
The U16 football A team began their league campaign last Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over Kempston Challenger Academy. Despite missing a number of players due to injuries, the boys showed their strength in depth to come through the match with three points. A hat-trick by George Pettifer and a debut goal by Fraser Obi did the damage. A great performance by the entire squad as they prepare for their challenges on four cup fronts.
U16 Football
SWA's Year 11 B team footballers started their season on a positive with a 1-0 win against Stratton A team. A goal from Ben Gifford put the boys in the lead and with some strong defending from Max Baker and Kieran Phillips the opposition could not break us down. The boys' second game of the season was against Biddenham, the Whitbread boys dominating the game by keeping possession and applying endless amounts of pressure which then lead to a flurry of goals. Two came from Ben Gifford, two from Louie Palmer and one each for Sam O’Brien and Nathan Bell. Unfortunately SWA could not quite make it three from three after a narrow loss to Bedford Academy, but we are still in good shape for the latter stages of the competition.
Rugby U15s
The Year 10 B team last week had a friendly fixture vs Lincroft A who are one of the best sporting schools in Bedfordshire. Our B team is made up of some exceptionally strong and talented rugby players who narrowly lost to Lincroft last year.

We started the game slowly conceding two tries but ended the half well with a try for Max Harbour-Brown, going in 14-7 behind. The second half started better and an intercepted try from Jack Weavers put us two behind. As we grew more into the game SWA challenged the line on numerous occasions but lacked the killer edge to convert. In the end 2 late tries from Lincroft meant that the game ended 28-12. Next up we have Biddenham and then a rematch against Lincroft!

Netball U15s
The U15 netball girls had a fantastic start to the season with two wins and a draw on Tuesday evening. The U15 A team are part of the Premier Division and had a storming start against Wootton wining 17-10. They then faced Redborne fighting hard for a 9 all draw. Well done for a great start. The U15 B team put in a fantastic performance against St Andrews with the final score 13-1. Well done to all players, especially players player Tia Adams.
Sixth Form Netball
The U19’s had a fantastic first round of matches of the league. Their first game was against the first Sixth Form team Biddenham have had - our girls hadn’t played together either and we played numerous combinations and all girls worked really hard for their time on court and we came away with the win 33-3. Our second game was against BMS which we knew having played them last year was going to be a tough game - however the girls fought so hard on court especially Eleanor and Molly in the defensive circle. Molly Bhatterchajee was voted players player- well done to all girls that played!
Year 11 Netball
The Year 11 netballers had two of their hardest matches of the league - having had them both on the first night of their fixtures this year with new members coming in we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. However this did not stop their work rate and outstanding team performances against Wootton and Sharnbrook. The shooters took every opportunity and were on target every time! We came away with two wins of 15-8. I really look forward to working with this group of girls this season as they have so much potential as a team. Well done to Emma and Megan for receiving players player.

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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