Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 90 (07/12/18)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 90 (07/12/18)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Year 11 have been fantastic this last fortnight in their mock exams and I’m sure they will have learnt a lot about the areas that they need to work on over the coming months in preparation for the summer exams. I’d like to thank all of the exam team and their amazing team of invigilators who do a stunning job and always fit straight into school life seamlessly. Each subject area offers revision sessions during lunch or after school and we have revision books for every subject available from school. There are also countless resources available to students online from the websites recommend by departments.

This week we had our annual staff quiz night with over 150 members of staff attending to raise money for an ex-colleague who has unfortunately been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. As well as teams from English, maths and music, there were also teams from the kitchen, admin and learning support. The evening was great success and raised well over £800 for a cause close to everyone’s heart.

We’re into the manic last few days of term now, with the Christmas concert on this evening and the pantomime on next week. The art department have built an amazing set and students are rehearsing hard for their big performance. This week in dance, students in Year 9 have been showcasing their performances online through the dance Twitter page, which is definitely worth a look. It’s clear to see how much time and effort they have put in to their performances. The science Twitter feed has also been posting examples of the work they have been doing with playdoh this term, introduced by Miss Ambrose, who along with other staff in science has been getting students to build models of the respiratory system, cells, atomic structures, bonding, alkanes and students in Year 12 have even modelled bacterial reproduction.

Yesterday, pupils from the nursery came over to sing songs and decorate our Christmas tree that we always put up in reception at this time of year. Two ex-students popped in this week to share their good news - this weekend Matt is off to join the Royal Navy to be an air engineer, his dream job when he was here as an engineering student and James dropped in to collect his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award which is an amazing achievement, before returning to De Montfort University.

This week has been a big week for the school for sport with the 1st XV winning 45-5 against Newcastle School for Boys in the quarter final of the U18 National Natwest Vase and the U15 Girls Football going through to the last 32 in the FA Schools National Cup. I’d like to thank Mr Bonham for making the posts and all the equipment to rope off the main rugby pitch. The girls rugby team have been busy raising money for some new kit this term and managed to raise £250 in sponsorship which the PE has matched and so I have matched the other £500 to enable them to go ahead and buy a new set of kit.

Nick Martin

Year 9
The Year 9s continue to work hard in completing their end of term subject assessments. As we draw towards the end of term, we have some fun tutor time Christmas competitions that students are partaking in. Many students are also involved in our school Christmas production so please come along and show your support.

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
Please can I remind all parents and pupils of the Samuel Whitbread Uniform Policy, particularly regarding footwear and hooded jumpers. The Uniform Policy can be found on our website here. Pupils’ behaviour and attitude to learning has so far impressed me this term especially within lessons – please encourage your children to transfer this maturity to their social time as well as lesson time. As parents, if you are concerned over a certain subject please can I remind you to speak with the individual subject teachers or your son/daughters form tutor in the first instance.

Miss E Wisson
Year 11
The latest round of mock examinations are now closed and our teachers are already busy marking the papers. Results day will be in the New Year. Having said that, the hard work really starts now for Year 11 students. Revision sessions are up and running at school and I expect that many hours of study are taking place at home. Please continue to support your children with this by offering a clutter/distraction free area to work, advise on sleep and diet as well as helping them with the motivation to get started or stick to it!
Almost Christmas!

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Year 12
Our students have been reflecting on their first reports in Sixth Form and setting targets for each of their subjects. They have been extremely generous contributing both to the food bank collection (The Need Project) and Love in a Bag (toiletries and other goods for women in need) and these will finish collecting next week (Friday 14th December). The Need Project have particularly requested Christmas puddings, rice puddings and tinned meat, and for ‘Love in a Bag’ we would be thrilled to get items such as new toiletries and items sealed in packaging such as toothbrushes. Many thanks also to parents who have contributed to these collections, we know that both charities are extremely grateful for all donations. Christmas jumper day is Friday 14th December and we will have our last assembly of the term on December the 19th and we are excited to see what fancy dress outfits may appear! A reminder that after our Spring term starts on Thursday 3rd January which will be a week A.

Mrs S Hoad
Year 13
In Year 13 our students are busy completing their next step preparations. We will have close to 100 UCAS applications sent by the time you read this message. I would like to thank parents who have helped our students with their applications and made the process for staff that much smoother. Our cohort continue to impress us, and these applications help bring their vast talents, achievements and aspirations into focus. Any student still considering university next year will need to ensure that they have an appointment booked and have paid and sent their application before meeting with us. For those seeking apprenticeships we ask that you book an appointment with our 4YP careers advisor who can help with the application process. Myself and the 6th form team will be able to sit with any student who needs further help with their application after Christmas.

Mr C Tonking

House Sports
Next week sees our second house sports competition of the year with boys 11-a-side football and girls 5-a-side indoor football. Students who are interested in representing their house should get in contact with their form tutor or house leader. 

The dates are as follows:
Year 9 – Monday 10th
Year 10 – Tuesday 11th
Year 11 – Thursday 13th
Sixth Form – Friday 14th 

X Factor
It caused huge excitement to see ex SWA A-Level music and drama student Nathan Challinor – to the left of Simon Cowell in the photo – performing in the backing choir for the X-Factor finalists at the weekend. Nathan sang with Anthony Russell, at the SSS arena in London, in front of millions (in the arena and on TV) and it was clear from his performance that Nathan’s passion and commitment to performing is still strong! When at Samuel Whitbread, Nathan was a keen musician, leading the soul band and even joining the chamber choir during his A level studies. His enthusiasm was infectious so were are not surprised of this huge success. What a fantastic achievement – well done Nathan!
Calling all ex-resistant materials students
The DT department is encouraging any of last Year’s Year 11 students who still has resistant materials coursework at SWA to collect from the DT office – there is some fantastic work still to be collected and it would be a shame to throw it away!
Admissions consultation
Please be advised that the consultation for the proposed BEST admission arrangements for September 2020 is live and will close on 1st January 2019. You can find details on our website under the notices section here.
Performing Arts
The performing arts department have two big events coming up, with the Christmas concert tonight at 7pm and pantomime next week. 

The pantomime is getting booked up already, please purchase tickets here or visit the school finance office at break times.
Road Safety
As the nights draw in and as it gets darker even earlier it has been brought to our attention from a few local motorists that some of our students are putting themselves at risk crossing the roads around the local area. It would appear some individuals have their earphones in, are looking at their phones or just walking in large groups. Can I ask that parents reiterate the dangers of roads and ask students to ensure they are safe when crossing roads. Many thanks in advance.
Christmas Lunch
This coming Wednesday (12th December) sees our annual Christmas lunch in the SWA main canteen.
James Thurlby (pictured) finished Sixth Form at Samuel Whitbread Academy in the summer and is now studying at De Montfort University Leicester. Whilst at SWA he worked through his Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, finally finishing his Gold Award in September of this year. James will join other successful DofE Gold participants from around the country in receiving his certificate at Buckingham Palace in the coming year. Well done, James.
Mr Smethurst has worked very closely with the team from the National Citizen Service to enthuse and encourage students to take part in this fantastic programme. On the evening of 22nd November, his hard work paid off as Samuel Whitbread were presented with a Champion School Gold Award for engaging so many students in NCS this year at an awards ceremony at Central Bedfordshire Academy. We currently have 100 students who have registered an interest with the NCS this year. Kris and his team will be back in January to run an assembly with Year 11 and then talk to them at break and lunchtime so please do encourage your sons and daughters to take part in this fantastic venture. 
More information can be found here.
The U14 and U16 District badminton finals were held this week. In the U16 tournament, Ben Stevens won both of his games against Etonbury as did doubles pair Freddie Ferrari and Harry Butler. In the U14 competition, eight amazingly talented individuals played some superb badminton in both reaching their finals against Redborne, the boys winning and girls just missing out. A special mention to Ryas Low on winning all of his games.
Both the U14 A and B netball teams faced tough opposition in their penultimate matches of the season in very testing conditions. The A team played well achieving a draw against Redborne and narrowly lost against Lincroft whilst the B team played well in the difficult conditions losing both games narrowly 2-1 versus Goldington and Etonbury. A superb effort only narrowly losing out.

The U19 mixed netball team competed in a tournament run by the University of Bedfordshire Sports Department and all involved had a very enjoyable afternoon, with Whitbread A finishing top of their group and the B team finishing second! Thank you to the university for organising and continuing to provide a positive link between our Sixth Form and the excellent university sports department.
1st XV
The 1st XV rugby boys on Wednesday played in front of a huge crowd at Stadium Whitbread in the biggest game of the season yet against Newcastle School for Boys in the quarter final of the national Natwest Vase. In tough conditions against a strong side, Whitbread showed incredible resilience in defence throughout in withholding every wave of Newcastle’s attack. SWA progressed into the game and soon made inroads with patient attacking play. Despite being up at half time, SWA were made to work incredibly hard for every point with Newcastle still looking dangerous. As the match progressed Whitbread became clinical and ended up 45-5 winners with possibly their best performance ever. Man of the match Rory Fookes was outstanding all over the park and tries came from Charlie Garwood (2), Harry Charter, Charlie Stevens, Jake Dodd and Dan Chalmers, but this was a real team effort all over the pitch. We are so proud of the boys and what they have achieved, and focus now moves onto the semi-final at Allianz Park on 9th March. Thank you to the incredible support from all staff and students, it made a massive difference.

County 10s
Last week SWA hosted the County 10s rugby tournament for both Year 9 and Year 10 age groups. In Year 9, there were 13 teams from around the county that entered, with SWA providing three of these, full of talented players. The A team emerged from the day victorious in only conceding one try in the entire tournament. Congratulations to Ross Gibbs and his team. The Year 10 competition had 17 teams, with SWA again providing three sides, and with no less success. Incredibly all three of Whitbread’s sides won their respective groups and qualified for the semi-finals, and it was an all-Whitbread final of Nathan Litchfield’s Legends against Ollie Pike’s Power Rangers, with the former coming out winners after a winning intercepted try from the captain. Both days showed the strength of rugby in the lower years at Whitbread and our capability and desire as a school to push the sport onwards in the county.

In the U15 County Cup, SWA’s B team had done incredibly well in making the semi-final but lost out on a spot in the final despite an excellent performance against Cedars. Despite much possession and territory SWA couldn’t get past a strong defence. Cedars capitalised on our failure to convert dominance into points with tries against the run of play and ran out 17-0 winners. It has still been a fantastic effort from this group this season, and Bradley Williams summed it up with a man of the match performance.

Girls football
One of the only two Sam Whit football teams left in the National Cup, the U14 girls produced an excellent performance against Queensbury to progress to round five with a goal from Lauren Mercer in each half. Captain Libby Holmes lead from the front and encouraged the girls throughout the game. #WeGoAgain
U18 football
The U18 boys footballers continue to impress with a 5-0 win over Sandy in the County Cup. In a fluid display, the game will be remembered by a wonder strike from Colm Slingsby which you can see here.

A massive well done to our U15 girls hockey squad who ended our goal scoring drought this week against Bedford Modern. They managed to put seven past BMS B team and grew with confidence with every goal. Esme was outstanding in defence, Corin and Kizzy cut through the opposition with super skills. Well done to Val who was voted players player on her debut. There was also excellent defence from Chloe and fighting spirit from Lauren. Our fabulous goals were scored by Val, Kizzy, Lauren and Grace. Brilliant effort girls – so proud of you all.

It was also a great start to the U15 Mixed Hockey League by our super squad with a 7-0 win over Redborne. We showed some superb skill and teamwork and were able to push our midfield and defence right up to join in attack after attack. There were fabulous debuts from Charlotte and Charley in midfield and the goals came from Isaac (3), Max (2), Arron and Corin, who was also player of the match.

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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