Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 96 (05/04/19)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 96 (05/04/19)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

This term may be shorter than the other two, but it has certainly been just as exciting. Over the Easter break we will be doing a number of things around the site as part of our continuous improvement of the facilities at SWA, which we are incredibly lucky to have and never take for granted. Alongside the sporting success we have had several fantastic performing arts events where students have displayed a whole range of different talents to packed out audiences.

In the last two weeks we have had a poignant and hard hitting Year 9 drama production, tackling the serious issue of healthy eating in a climate of fast food and food retailers maximising their profits. Then on Thursday evening we hosted a fantastic dance show with Etonbury - where students from Year 9 performed alongside stunning performances from our GCSE and A Level students. The talent on display was breath-taking at times, with students both choreographing and performing their own pieces. The evening included several performances from our cheerleading team which is going from strength to strength.

Next week we have our annual Easter school for students in Years 11 and 13. Any students needing a boost in a particular subject will have been invited to attend a specific session and need to bring their reply slip on the day if they haven’t done so already. We also had a very successful Year 12 parents evening this week, where students and their parents had the opportunity to talk to subject teachers about the progress they are making in the Sixth Form and any areas they need to improve.

In sport, the U16 football boys became District Champions in a nail-biting final against our arch-rivals St Thomas More. Despite having 90% of the possession, the opposition equalised with a penalty five minutes from full time – but the lads kept their nerve and scored the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game. Last week the U15 girls futsal team reached the semi-finals of the National Cup in Birmingham and I have no doubt they will do one better next year. Finally, we have some incredibly exciting netball news to announce after Easter – so watch this space!

Nick Martin

Year 9
This term has been very busy for students, from choosing their options, enjoying visits from Alter Ego and the charity Unseen along with many applications for the Duke of Edinburgh award. We have had great success with sports and drama and students continue to thrive and make progress academically.

Next term students will be informed about final arrangements regarding their option choices. Can I also request that parents and students use the holiday to rectify any uniform issues to ensure students return to school after the holiday wearing the correct school uniform. Thank you, have a lovely and restful break.

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
Just a reminder that Year 10 mock exams start just after Easter. Timetables and revision support documents have been studied throughout this term during tutor time – I know many of our students have put in a lot of work into these. The results of the mocks will be given out on Thursday 13th June. Tutors get a hard copy to distribute to the students and a copy will be emailed via InTouch to parents later in the day.

The majority of the year group are working their socks off, but there are some that have been identified as key students that need a little bit more support – tutors are working with a number of students to help with improving progress and attainment. Please don’t hesitate to contact tutors or subject teachers in the first instance if you would like to discuss anything further.

Summer clubs will be up and running after Easter so please remind your son/daughter that there is lots to get involved in within the summer term.
Miss E Wisson
Year 11
Easter school at Samuel Whitbread will run from Monday to Thursday in the first week of the break. Unfortunately this is not an open invitation for pupils to come to school. The sessions have been heavily planned and groups of pupils have been targeted by individual departments. If your child has not been invited they will be turned away. If they have been invited, please make sure they have a means of travel from and to school as well as a packed lunch.

Mr R Sinclair

Sixth Form
Year 12
Thank you to all parents and students for attending Year 12 PRE – we had our largest percentage attendance for the evening. Useful conversations about progress were had between students, parents and subject teachers. If you could not attend, any subject concerns should be addressed to subject teachers in the first instance. Significant dates in next term include IPE (Internal Progression Exams) from the 24th June and Work Experience week starting the 8th July. All placements should be confirmed, any issues with work experience please contact

We are pleased to announce that Finlay Luxford and Nancy Corp have been elected our Head Boy and Head Girl after successful campaigning – well done to both of them.

Mrs S Hoad

Year 13
We now have three weeks left of school for Year 13. In the Easter holidays, some departments are running Easter School with a focus on exam practice and preparation. Students have been invited to this by the departments involved. We are also gearing up for their final day on Friday 10th May which will involve their final assembly. It is custom for students to wear fancy dress although we do want to remind students to consider the appropriateness of their costume choice.

Mr C Tonking
Keisha Burrage
Keisha has been a valued part of the Learning Support team and has provided excellent help and guidance to some of our more vulnerable students. She has supported in classes across the school helping lots of teachers and students, and been instrumental in setting up our in-house art therapy programme which has enabled many vulnerable students to find a way of expressing themselves and better managing their emotions and feelings. She is a phenomenally good artist and we will miss her break-time doodling, and her displays in the department. We wish her well as she takes up another post working with children.

Mike Lockwood
Mike has been a great asset to the maths department and we wish him the very best in his new life in New Zealand with partner and son. In just under two years Mike has lead the department at KS4, then became second in the department and as we can all agree has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in every role he has taken on. Whether he gets his dream job as a junior shepherd or part time wine distributor in New Zealand or takes up a teaching role he will be missed by all of us here.

Mair Swanton
Mair has been a valued member of staff at SWA since 2004 when she started as an exam invigilator. In 2011 she moved into the finance office and has worked there throughout a time of considerable change, which she has taken in her stride. She is the ultimate professional and has implemented a number of different initiatives over the years, such as parentmail, which have helped to improve our school systems. As a keen quizmaster, she also takes part in the tutor time quizzes and regularly scores top marks! We wish her well as she leaves to spend more time with her family and look forward to her dropping in for the annual staff quiz night.

Bake Off competition!
The DT&E department are encouraging Year 9 and 10 students to enter the Junior Bake Off competition on channel 4! It would be great to get as many apply and we then have the chance to put students through to the competition. Entrants don't need to be a food student, they may just really like cooking. The closing date is the 6th May, please speak to Mrs Lund or anybody in the DT&E department to get involved or for more information.
Textiles trip
22 textile students attended a trip to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford. The Year 9s who have chosen to take textiles at GCSE had an introduction to the methods used in textile art including hand and machine embroidery, felting, collage and printing. The Year 10s were researching the ‘62 Group’ of textile artists who were exhibiting at the NCCD on the theme of ‘Ctrl/Shift’ – New Directions in Textile Art. There were some very thought provoking pieces covering eating disorders, the planting of trees in Africa to encourage the retention of water in the soil and embroidered handkerchiefs showing snapshots of the past, present and future. There were also four beautiful knitted churches, which Miss Freeman was very impressed with!
Performing Arts
High School Musical
Tickets are on sale now! We anticipate that this will sell out very early, so book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Last weekend SWA took 84 Year 10 students for their DofE skills weekend in Great Barford. The weather was kind to us, if a little cold at night and a really productive weekend was had by all. Students behaved impeccably and were supported by 11 staff from SWA. We have also just finished the enrolment of Year 9 student into their Bronze Award – 110 in total have signed up which is an incredible amount. All participants should have received their login detail via their school emails. I will be arranging a lunch time session after Easter to hand out the DofE booklets and to make sure everyone is happy using he eDofE – please watch out for email on Parentmail.

Please remember to follow us on twitter (@SamWhitDofE) and also on the new School Flickr photos page which is imminent!

Last Friday our Year 9 Theatre Company, directed by Mrs Jones, put on an excellent production of FAST. The play covered some thought-provoking topics which were delivered in both a mature and comical way. The comic timing was fantastic and had the audience engaged and laughing from start to finish. The cast have worked extremely hard on this production, and it really showed on the night. Congratulations to all involved; we look forward to seeing what you produce for the summer arts festival!
level Geography trip
The Year 12 A-level Geography students had an amazing week in Wales. We stayed at the very grand Orielton Field Studies Centre in the heart of southern Pembrokeshire and enjoyed some of the best conditions any of us have ever experienced on a field trip. We went to gain skills and collect data for the A-Level coursework and cement what we have learned during the course. The coastline was beautiful and we visited some of the world’s greatest beaches to collect data and see coastal processes in action and to look to start to investigate the differences between places. Highlights were an investigation of the world famous Barafundle Bay, and a survey of the sand dune system at Freshwater West, which is the beach where (spoiler alert) Dobby the House Elf died in the Harry Potter films. The students were exemplary in the way in which they threw themselves into the very long days of hard work, so we deserved a few ice creams along the way.


Girls futsal
SWA’s U15 futsal girls, who won the county then the regional finals in the past couple of months, played in the National Schools Futsal semi-finals last week at the Play Football Centre in Birmingham. Against some incredibly strong schools the girls looked every bit up to standard and just narrowly failed to qualify for the national final after Easter, winning one, drawing one and losing one game in their group to finish second. The girls were superb throughout, with Libby Holmes and Lauren Appleby netting goals. A fantastic achievement this year girls, well done!
U15 football
The A team Year 10 boys footballers have had a fantastic season and secured qualification for the District semi-finals following a 1-1 draw with Redborne last week. Having failed to qualify for the finals last year, the boys have bounced back and gone the whole league season unbeaten so far. A goal from Scott Metcalfe against Redborne secured the point needed and now aim for the District title after Easter.
U16 football
On Tuesday our U16s finished their Samuel Whitbread academy football careers with a hard fought 2-1 victory in the district cup final against old foes St Thomas More. In a tight affair, Ben Stevens broke the deadlock after some good work by Harry Butler. SWA stayed on top for most of the game until a harsh penalty was awarded and duly converted in the last five mins to tie the game 1-1. With the dreaded penalty shootout looming, Ben Stevens found some magic feet to stroll through the STM defence and cut the ball back to Josh Eytle to score. A 2-1 win and a third trophy in three years for this great bunch of lads.
In the Championship League, SWA U16 boys B side also reached the cup final despite being mostly against ‘A’ teams from other schools. In the final last night at Biggleswade United FC, the boys played in another closely fought encounter against Stratton Upper ‘A’, and in a game with superb skill and determination shown from both sides, SWA just lost out 2-1, Max Whittaker-Mead being Whitbread’s scorer. Despite the disappointment it has been a fantastic last three seasons for these boys and they have shown the depth of footballing talent at SWA.
Rosslyn Park 7s Rugby
In the prestigious Rosslyn Park rugby 7s national competition, SWA U18s competed valiantly after being drawn in an incredibly tough group. Losing to last year’s national finalists Kirkham Grammar and Leeds Carnegie AASE school Bishop Burton College was a learning curve and the boys picked themselves up to beat Newport High School (a Newport Gwent Dragons affiliate school) and St Albans School to finish a very respectable third in the group. Reon Lewis was SWA man of the tournament.
Rugby 2nd XV
The U18 rugby second team boys had their final game of season this week against Oaklands 2nd XV. In a match full of fantastic rugby, the SWA boys lost out 41-19 but the result doesn’t reflect how close the game was. It was a superb performance from many experienced and new players alike, and SWA were leading 14-12 at half time but lost out on several second half collision battles against the opposition who had a very strong bench. There were notable stand out performances from Ben Wischuusen, George Dennis and man of the match Bartek Krzyzanksi who were playing their final game for the school. Lenny Pollock was also outstanding for his carrying ability.
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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