Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 95 (22/03/19)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 95 (24/03/19)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Samuel Whitbread has had a number of amazing sporting highlights over the years, including a National Cup Final in football and winning the Schools Equestrian National Championships. However, this week we have gone a stage further and made history by managing to get two teams to the finals of the RFU Schools Rugby National Vase at Twickenham and come away with both trophies. This is an incredible achievement and represents the culmination of years of hard work by the PE department. We have had lots of coverage across Twitter, radio and in the press, and have been contacted by schools as far away as Leeds, congratulating the boys and asking if they can visit the school. I would like to personally thank all of the staff and parents who have helped the students realise their dreams and play at Twickenham – something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

This week we had our annual Spring Concert. It was an amazing evening and a true celebration of the arts. There were performances from Rock Band, choirs, chamber choirs, percussion groups, orchestras, solos and closing with our school band Retro Play. We’ve also had performances by students in drama and dance this week for their exams, as well as food, art and textiles. So exam season is already in full swing!

Students in Year 11 are currently receiving their mock results back and working though their papers to help decide which areas they need to work on over the coming weeks. Whilst students in Year 9 are right at the start of their KS4 journey and are currently finishing choosing their options. And Year 10 had their parents evening this week, which was an important opportunity for parents to talk to teachers about how their children are doing and how they can improve.

Other sporting highlights include reaching another national final, with the girls U15s making it to the schools futsal final! We are currently looking to appoint a director of netball and our ultimate aim is to reach a national final in netball, football and rugby all in the same year!

Nick Martin

Year 9
A huge thank you for your help in getting GCSE option forms in on time. We are now working on a class structure which is designed to meet as many of the options subjects choices of the Year 9 cohort as possible. This will take a few weeks as queries arise and need a little time to be answered / resolved. The emphasis is to remind parents and students that the class structure is entirely based and driven by the choices that the Year 9 cohort have made as an entire group. So, for the moment students have to await news, if they have a problem with their choices we will get to them as soon as possible and in a structured manner. Again, thank you for all your support with the Year 9 options process.

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
I was delighted to see so many parents and students at the Year 10 parents evening recently. The feedback during the evening was very positive on the whole and it is refreshing to see how many  students are willing to show commitment and improvements to their studies. If you didn't manage to see your child’s subject teachers please do email them directly for an update of your child’s progress and attainment.

Over the next few weeks I encourage students to continue to visit subject areas and ask teachers for help with revision within their subject area and to continue trialling different revision techniques for the mocks next month - the time they put in now will pay off for them next year.

Miss E Wisson
Year 11
As Year 11 students approach the final few weeks of school, some practical exams are underway and the written exams will soon be upon us. Students should be working hard to prepare themselves for these exams and seeking any last minute support from teachers in lessons to help. With this in mind, a number of subjects are offering Easter School sessions during the first week of the Easter holidays. Students invited for these sessions will be contacted directly.

Please also remember the date for the Year 11 Prom is 15th July at Knebworth Barns.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Year 12
At the time of writing we are in the last day of voting for the Head Boy, Head Girl campaign. It has been a well-fought battle with all 6 candidates meeting tutor groups, speaking in assemblies and persuading students and staff they are worthy of their vote. Any of these candidates will make excellent student leaders – and I will be excited to announce the successful candidates on Monday. This Tuesday will see us take over half of the year group to the Excel convention centre to attend the UCAS fair, which promises to be a very useful trip for university and apprenticeship information gathering.

As Head of Year 12 our rugby success on Thursday was an incredibly proud moment in my career. Many Year 12 students have been a vital part of the rugby team – even if they didn’t play in the actual game they have attended training, carried water, encouraged and supported and for their efforts I thank them. An enormous thank you also goes to the many parents, friends and relatives who have stood on cold and rainy touchlines and spent countless hours driving to and from training and matches. Thursday’s result is the accumulation of many years of effort and belief by so many people.

Reports went out on the 21st March via student and parent email, and bookings are open for the Year 12 PRE on 2nd April. Bookings can be made through the parents evening booking system, link is below. Students and parents can meet with subject teachers to discuss progress and targets. Any issues with reports please contact the data team on In the first instance questions about subjects should be addressed to the subject teacher. I look forward to seeing you all on the 2nd April.

Mrs S Hoad

Year 13
Our Year 13s are fast approaching the finishing line and the emphasis at the minute really is on revision and exam preparation. We have already had some great successes with our level 3 BTEC results across all departments, with some of the best results we have seen for these qualifications. Some departments will be running Easter School, with a focus on helping students ready themselves for the exams. Details of these will be shared directly by departments with the students. Payment for the prom is needed to be paid by 10th May. This can be done via parentmail or cash/cheque if preferred. Finally a huge congratulations to the Sixth Form rugby team on winning the National Vase on Thursday at Twickenham. We would like to thank not only the team, but all of those students and parents who supported them throughout the last two years.

Mr C Tonking
Year 11 Academic Support Timetable
Year 9 Immunisations
If you haven't already done so, please could you complete the Immunisation Consent letter and send to room 335 or email back to 
Mrs Parr, Medical Coordinator.
English homework praise
Well done to Lianna Brown in 9Q for winning this edition's praise in English for her excellent homework poem entitled 'Escape'.
Performing Arts
A Celebration of Disney
This term students from across the Trust, in the lower and middle schools, have started rehearsing for their next production, A Celebration of Disney. Rehearsals have started and this is already looking to be a fantastic production!
High School Musical
Rehearsals have started for High School Musical and it is already looking and sounding amazing. With a large part of act 1 already set, students are working extremely hard. Tickets will go on sale in March and we anticipate that they will sell out very quickly, so we encourage you to get your tickets early!

Year 9 Theatre Company production
Students in Year 9 have been working extremely hard over the last term to put together a production of FAST. This will be performed on Friday 29th March in the theatre at 7pm. The evening is looking to be a very successful evening and if the rehearsals are anything to go by then you will not be disappointed. Details of how to purchase tickets will be released after half term.

Comic Relief
Last Friday for Comic Relief, in addition to raising well over £1000 with the whole-school non uniform day, 9H and 9K raised £140 with a joint cake sale.
SWA Spring Concert
Congratulations to all performers in this week's spring concert, it was another fantastic set of performances from a range of styles and genres of music. A special thank you to our Year 13s who performed for us for the final time. They have been superb performers and ambassadors to the school.

Thursday saw the most successful day in Samuel Whitbread's sporting history as we became the first school ever to win both the U15 and U18 National Vases in the same year. What's more, as most finals have been dominated by private schools, this was a fantastic achievement and one that will live long in the memory. The U15 boys were first up against Dartford Grammar School and raced into a 17-0 lead by half time, (Sam Garwood, Ben Radnor and Jack Miller scoring tries), followed by a try just after the restart as man of the match Jake Allen went over after a superb offload from Harrison Wade. The opposition piled on the pressure but the boys stood firm to finish 22-7 victors and lift the trophy.
The U18s, wanting to emulate their younger colleagues, had to get past Dauntsey's School from Wiltshire. In an incredibly exciting, topsy-turvey match which many described as 'the best National Vase Final ever played', Whitbread twice came from behind at crucial stages to win an epic encounter and seal a place in history. Man of the match Tom Litchfield, Pierce Holland and Jake Dodd scored first half tries as SWA led 21-13 going into the break. But Dauntsey's fought back to lead 25-21 with just 11 minutes left and pile the pressure on Whitbread. That pressure turned into steeled, clinical determination as first a penalty try, then Reece Sweeney put Whitbread up, before a blistering try from Reon Lewis and finally a Morgan Dayes try saw an incredible finish and a 43-25 win. An incredible achievement for both sets of boys and deserved victories after a season of hard work and determination.

Thank you to all the students and parents who came down to support the team and create such an incredible atmosphere inside Twickenham. There was lots of positive praise for the way everybody conducted themselves and it was such a proud day for the school.

There are lots of photos and videos of the day, which we will compile on our Flickr account and circulate the link in the next newsletter. Meanwhile if you want to see the highlights for both finals, you can see them here for the U15s and here for the U18s.
Girls futsal
It was an incredible performance by the girls U15 futsal team who this week became South Eastern Region champions after winning the regional final! We now look forward to a qualifier for yet another national final!
Girls cricket
SWA's U15s girls cricketers finished third in the county indoor finals this week after tough competition at the Bunyan Centre in Bedford. The girls now look forward to the outdoor season where training is continuing apace!
Mixed hockey
Well done to the U16 mixed hockey team for this week winning the county mixed hockey championships. Wins over Sharnbrook and Goldington secured the crown. Congratulations to Paris Musgrove who was 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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