Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 88 (9/11/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 88 (9/11/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The autumn term is rapidly progressing and we’re nearly halfway through November already. The big event this week was preparing for remembrance Sunday and the WW1 centenary. Mr Edwards has been leading the assemblies all week and talking about the importance of remembrance day and we have had poppies on sale for the last two weeks in reception. We’ve also had three poppies on display in reception from the Tower of London, that belonged to members of staff and were presented in an amazing Perspex case built by Mr Bonham. At 11am three students played the last post on their trumpets, in three different locations across the school site whilst students and staff respected the two minute silence.

The rehearsals for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, are well underway and going extremely well. But last week the music department still found time to organise an amazing concert including choirs, bands, orchestras and several individual performances in aid of the Clifton Church appeal. They managed to raise a further £470, which we added to the £1770 raised before halfterm by the non-uniform day and brought the total well beyond our £2k target to £2240. This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates how determined the students were to help Clifton Church repair the damage from the break-in, which many of them found very upsetting.

The recent Year 9 Open Evenings were incredibly successful and initial figures show that we will definitely be full for 2019. Next up is the Sixth Form open evening, which we combine with the Year 11 parents evening and a careers convention. This is the third year that we have combined all three events into one and it’s shaping up to be another thoroughly worthwhile event for both our students and external students – including the Year 11 students from Etonbury who we are looking forward to welcoming to the academy in the Sixth Form.

The Sam Whit PE Juggernaut has thundered on this term with convincing wins in football, basketball, netball and rugby. On Thursday the U14 boys rugby A team beat Bedford Modern School 69-12 which is a significant and impressive victory against one of our local private schools. There’s been more success for girls football with a win against Ashlyns School in the National Cup and the Year 11 football boys A team secured a place in the District final.

Nick Martin

Year 9
Well done to all the Year 9 students involved in the autumn music concert organised to help raise funds for Clifton Church, the range of talent in Year 9 is astounding!

Progress and attitude to learning reports have been emailed out to Year 9 students and all parents. These are an important marker to inform how students have started the year and what areas they need to address. Any subject-specific queries should be emailed to the relevant subject teacher(s) – staff email addresses can be found on the SWA website.

We look forward to seeing Parents and students attend the Year 9 PRE/Options Evening on Tuesday 13th November. This is an important evening to attend as it offers the opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have regarding recent progress and attitude reports issued but also an opportunity to find out about the upcoming options process. All option subject teachers will be available to speak to you during the evening and staff will provide you with as much information about their subject areas, so please do not miss this fantastic opportunity!

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
Analysis of Year 10 attitude to learning and predict data from the October reports has provided a very positive picture of how the year group have settled into Year 10 and their chosen GCSE options. 75% of students are applying maximum effort to their studies. Special mentions for attitude to learning must go to Luke Howells, Lara Jones, Megan Jones, Isabella Lawson, Despina Papapetrou, Christian Sheilds, Emily Snaddon, Charlotte Tarttelin and Megan Thurlby - keep up the great work!

As a year team we will be looking to provide support for those who might need some adjusting to the demands of Year 10. If you would like to discuss this please don't hesitate to contact your son/daughter's tutor or subject teacher to explore the support options available.

In addition, this data reflects that some students will need support coping with the pressures of preparing for assessments and approaching revision so tutors will be delivering guidance during registration over the coming months to support this. If you would like to know how you can best support your son/daughter in this aspect of their study please look at the revision section of the school website or contact the tutor who can advise you of some of the techniques we will be exploring with students. In some of the sessions we will be covering 'exam stress' and 'making a study timetable'.

Miss E Wisson
Year 11
We are moving ever closer to the GCSE examinations. With this in mind, the latest progress reports have been emailed to parents and students this week – I would encourage you to have conversations with your child regarding these. Also, the tutor PRE on Tuesday 20th of November is a vital time to ask any questions you may have about mock examinations, extra catch up sessions and the general attitude your child is showing at school. If you are struggling to make this date, please email the tutor and arrange a time you can have a conversation with them. The pupils who have proactive help at home do tend to be those who are the most successful. On the same evening, the Sixth Form Open Evening takes place, with an opportunity not just to find out information about all the courses SWA offers in Sixth Form but also to speak to many businesses present about possible apprenticeships.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Year 12
Our year 12 students are approaching the time of their first progress reports. These will be sent home electronically to the parents and students’ email addresses on Thursday 22nd November. If you do not receive the report on this date please check email spam and junk folders first, and then contact the data team on The report includes their aspirational target grades which students have set themselves for each of their subjects. Many of our students are giving up their evening to help at our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 20th November, and we thank them in advance for this. On the same evening the school is also hosting many businesses and organisations at our careers fair and all ages are welcome to attend this event in the Sports Hall. Other upcoming events include Christmas jumper day (Friday 14th December) and we will be celebrating the end of term on 19th December with a fancy dress competition.

Mrs S Hoad
Year 13
Our Year 13 students are in the midst of UCAS applications. We have already sent off 27 applications including 12 for Oxbridge, medicine and veterinary courses. Students are currently booking themselves appointments with us to send off their UCAS applications and we want to thank parents and carers for their support through this process. All students will need to have sent these applications by Christmas and so they will need to book their appointments with us as soon as possible. For those not applying to university we are planning to set up workshops to help students with CV writing and apprenticeship and work applications. Much like our Year 12s we have a significant number of students helping on our Sixth Form open evening on Tuesday 20th November and our year group continues to play an integral role in setting standards for the younger year groups.

Mr C Tonking
The Artist of the Month goes to Lianna Brown Year 9. Above are 3 amazing examples of artwork Lianna has produced in her first year at Samuel Whitbread, we can't wait to see even more! Well done Lianna!

Performing Arts
Last Tuesday the music department held a fundraising concert in aid of Clifton Church. There was a great turn out and the evening was a huge success. The large variety of ensembles performing were complimented by the audience and made for a fantastic night. We managed a fantastic amount of £474 which will go to the church to help pay for the costs of repair. Thank you to all students and staff involved.
Langford Neighbourhood Plan
In Langford, the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan has just begun and the most important principle is to gather the views of all Langford residents - adults and children - who wish to contribute.
To kick things off the steering group has chosen four themes to explore and consult on:
• Environment
• Transport
• Infrastructure (services, schools, shops etc.)
• Planning
But these are not fixed and will be influenced by what residents want for the village. The project group wanted to connect with Langford residents through our school community so if you live in Langford please click here to access the questionnaire:  or go to visit the Langford Neighbourhood Plan website here and find it under the tab noticeboard.

Duke of Edinburgh
Former student Olivia Harrison, who left Samuel Whitbread in the summer after completing her A-levels, popped back into school to collect her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Well done, Olivia, fully deserved!
Police Message
It has been brought to our attention by Bedfordshire Police that a video is circulating amongst pupils in Bedfordshire schools which includes child pornography and sexual exploitation. Schools have been asked to let all school staff and parents/carers know so that they are mindful that this is being distributed. The police indicated there is no wish on their part to prosecute children who have received this video or that have sent it on to others, but they are keen to know how wide the video has circulated and therefore, the police have asked that parents/carers and indeed schools telephone 101 to pass on information if your child has been sent the video. Thank you for your support and vigilance in this matter.
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!

Armistice Poetry Competition
Twelve Samuel Whitbread students have been shortlisted for the Armistice 100 Poetry Prize for Schools. The competition, run by the University of Lincoln, invited schools nationwide to take part and it is an incredible achievement to have so many students selected for the final shortlist.
The poems themselves will be read and judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy with the top three prizes being awarded next week.
SWA’s U14 Girls beat Ashlyns School 3-2 in the third round of the National Cup meaning they progress through to the fourth round and move only five wins away from a national final! Two goals from Lauren Mercer and a fabulous free kick from Libby Holmes secured the win.
This year our boys football B teams are holding their own against many other schools’ A teams in the District competition. Last week, the U16 boys B team beat Etonbury 3-0 to put them in a strong position in their group. After a goalless first half against a physical side, a change in formation changed the fortunes of the Whitbread boys and Sam Gibbins put SWA into the lead. The boys gained in confidence, playing some lovely football which resulted in another two goals, firstly a penalty by Max Baker and then a quality strike from outside the box from Sam O’Brien. The clean sheet was made complete by a couple of excellent saves from Dylan Woodcock in goal.

The Year 10 B team’s progression in the National Cup was halted in the second round despite a spirited performance against All Saints School. After beating Van Dyke on penalties in the first round, the boys found life harder against a team with two very talented forwards. All Saints went 1-0 up on the stroke of half time but SWA came out and started to get a stranglehold in the game. Despite Matt Smiles hitting the bar, Benn Robson having a goal disallowed and Charlie Dee seeing a last minute one-on-one hit the crossbar, it wasn’t to be and Whitbread could not take the tie to penalties despite a valiant effort.

A superb second half performance saw the Year 11 A team come from behind twice to secure a place in the District Schools Final with a 4-2 victory over Mark Rutherford. Man of the match Ben Stevens netted twice as well as an own goal and one from Freddie Ferrari to see this impressive, hard-working team home.

It was a brilliant start to the boys hockey season with an outstanding display of skill against Goldington resulting in a 3-0 win. There were goals from Nathan, Isaac and a screamer from an exceptional angle by Arron. Darius and Arron were both exceptional on debut for Whitbread, Toby and Nathan were a fortress at the back and the pace, teamwork and determination by all the team was excellent. Regional Finals are big target for this team - let's go for it boys!
SWA’s U16 netball girls have played an incredibly high standard of netball in the last two weeks. After being undefeated all season, the girls were on the wrong side of the two most challenging matches in the league but then yesterday’s county tournament showed the high level of the girls’ play and how hard they have been working in training. Wins against Cedars, Lincroft and a huge win over Bedford Modern, only dampened by a very close loss to Wootton by one goal, saw SWA through to the semi-finals to play tournament favourites Bedford Girls School. A hard fought game and incredible work rate from SWA’s girls saw them run the opposition close but just come out on the losing side as BGS went through to the final. Despite this it was a successful day and performances the girls can be proud of. Well done to Mia Hammer on her players’ player award.

The U19 girls, on the back of a tough loss last time around, took to the court in the latest round of league fixtures and came away with two wins from two. The girls played many different combinations working on different set plays and this has definitely set them in good stead for their county tournament on Tuesday 13th November.

Earlier this week saw our first A and B 'block' fixtures against Bedford Modern School. The boys U14s kicked off proceedings and despite the B team losing a hard-fought game 34-17, the A team came away with a resounding 69-12 victory. Well done boys.

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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