Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue 99 (14/06/19)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 99 (14/06/19)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Physics was the last of the core GCSE exams yesterday and Film was the last GCSE exam, which means Year 11 have now finished all of their exams! Meanwhile, the Year 13s have to wait until the 26th June to finish all of their exams. As the government has now removed coursework from most subjects, students have to sit more exams than ever before, and in the last six weeks students at SWA have sat over 10,000 exam papers. The invigilators and LSAs have been fantastic, as always, and I’d like to thank them all for the way in which they calmly go about their work – helping all of our students to achieve their best whilst under all the stress of the exams.

We’ve had a number of internal interviews this week for Head of Year and Assistant Heads of Year (AHoYs). I am pleased to say that Miss Tabert was successful in securing the Head of Year position. She currently has several roles within the school, including Head of Music and Head of Drama, and these interviews will take place next week. The new AHoYs are Miss Priano , Miss Prow and Miss Duguid. This is a new role for the Academy, and is designed to support the HoYs in their day to day work of helping students to achieve their potential. The Heads of House will also be finalised next week.

The new gym is now complete (see pictures on twitter) and I’d like to thank Mr Edwards for all his hard work in organising such a fantastic resource for our students. The gym will be used by all our students and will ensure our athletes are at peak strength and condition before matches and competitions. In PE we have had more success this fortnight with the girls cricketers winning the Chance to Shine district competition and the boys and girls athletics teams producing a superb ten county champions.

Over half term we had some amazing news from Megan Dennis, who is currently studying at Florida Tech in America. She sunk the winning put in the D2 NCAA final round, to help her team win the USA national championships. We have added Megan’s picture to our National Champions trophy cabinet in reception. She joins our equestrian team, the winning poets from the Armistice 100 book of poetry competition, the Bank of England short film national competition and our U15 and U18 rugby teams.

The Gold DofE students spent a rather wet and windy five days walking in the Peak District last week. They clearly had an amazing time (see pictures on Twitter and below) despite putting up and taking down their tents in pouring rain. Having so many students doing Gold DofE is an incredible achievement for any school and shows how far DofE has come in SWA over the last few years. I would like to acknowledge all the time and commitment by the DofE team, who give up their weekends to support our Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE students. 

Nick Martin

Year 9
Just a reminder that the latest Parents Review Evening is happening on Thursday 4th July. The purpose of the evening is to discuss your child’s progress in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Additionally, if your child has chosen to continue studying a language, geography and/or history next year, you will also have the opportunity to meet with their current teacher to discuss progress and expectations for the course. There will also be a representation from all other departments who will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about the year ahead in the subjects that your child has chosen to study. Appointments are not necessary for these subjects so please take the opportunity to peruse the displays and talk to subject specialist staff at your leisure.

Please be aware that the booking system opens on Thursday 20th June and closes at 8am on Thursday 4th July for administration purposes. Appointments will fill very quickly and I recommend that you book yours in plenty of time. If you have anything you wish to discuss with myself or Heads of Department I would advise that you call reception to make an appointment on a separate day to avoid disappointment. As always, I thank you for the continued support with attendance and uniform.

Miss V Yadav
Year 10
I am excited to have lots of positive conversations with members of Year 10 about their results from the recent mock exams. Please reinforce these conversations with your child at home. Some pupils will have doubts about their ability or knowledge after these results. It is important that the message is put across that they have time to improve all results and that they need to simply listen to what their teacher tells them, follow the instructions they are given and ask as many questions as possible.

I hope that this last half term is as successful as the rest of the year. This year group is now at the top of the main school and with this they must take the responsibility seriously. The next 12 months is the most important in their school life so far. Thank you for your on-going support. Together we will ensure the collective success for all members of this year group.
Miss E Wisson
Sixth Form
This half term is very busy for the Year 12 students. Next week (19th and 20th of June) our students will be introduced to the UCAS registration process, and taken through registration for apprenticeship resources and other routes after Sixth Form. We will also be running sessions on health awareness to help educate our students about testicular and breast cancer. During the week beginning 24th June and the following week Year 12 students will be completing IPEs (Internal Progression Exams) for any subjects without external exams and these results will be useful in informing progression into Year 13. Any queries about IPEs should initially be directed through subject teachers. All Year 12 students are on study leave for the 24th and 25th June, and only need to come in for IPEs on those two days. The week beginning 8th July sees our students occupied with Work Experience, which they have organised themselves and we praise those students who have taken the initiative to contact and follow up with employers. Any questions about work experience can be directed through Mrs Jackman ( The final week of term is jam packed with House Olympics (Monday 15th July), Year 12 Sports Day (Wednesday 17th July) and fundraising for Jambo on Thursday 18th July. Praise is due to several of our students who helped Mr McReynolds with a STEM day. Thank you Jack, Sam, Adam, Lewis, Lewis, Alex, Dawson and Trent. We also look forward to Year 12 students performing and completing supporting roles in the school musical (tickets are available now!)

Mr L Huckle, Mrs S Hoad & Mr C Tonking

BEST Opportunities
BEST have an excellent opportunity for a Marketing and Communications Intern. Click here for more information.

SWA are also looking to appoint a new governor to join the board. Click here for more information.
Psychology & Sociology books
The sociology and psychology department would greatly appreciate donations of any textbooks or revision guides from any Year 11 or 13 students who have completed their GCSE or A-Level exams and no longer need their books. They will be hugely valued!
Year 12 Work Experience
If there are any students who still want to take part in work experience week from 8th-12th July, or who haven't yet handed back their parental consent, medical forms or employer forms then the final deadline is Friday 21st June. All forms handed in after this will not be accepted. Thank you to the vast majority of students who are taking part in this fantastic experience.
Performing Arts
High School Musical
Tickets are selling really well, so well that we anticipate they will be sold out in the next two weeks; with that in mind please book early to avoid missing out!

Click here to buy tickets online.
Summer Arts Festival
On Monday 1st July, schools from across the trust are coming together to perform at the BEST Summer Arts Festival. This year is going to be bigger and better than before, with a record breaking amount of schools and students performing. 

Click here to buy tickets online.
Chamber Choir
Our chamber choir are performing with Biggleswade Choral Society at Clifton Church on Saturday 22nd June. The repertoire that they are performing is of an exceptionally high standard and they sound fantastic. If you would like to come and support, please contact the church directly to purchase tickets.
The Peak District was the venue for 12 SWA students on their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award practice expedition. The views were stunning but the weather left a lot to be desired as the students had to combat incredibly wet conditions throughout the weekend! The students' assessed expedition is coming up in July in the Yorkshire Dales and they hope for more friendly weather!

The artist of the Month goes to GCSE student Libby Grinham for this great mixed media portrait. Well done Libby!

To see more work please follow the SWA Art and Textiles twitter account @SWA_ArtTextiles

The U15 girls cricketers finished first in the outdoor district competition last week at a wet Bedford Modern School. Run by Cricket East via the ECB's Chance to Shine initiative - a campaign to bring cricket to state schools - it was fantastic to see some girls representing the school for the first time and marking it with a district trophy! Well done girls.
Well done to all our athletes over the past two weeks, who have competed in two competitions with great success. Last week it was a 1st and 2nd for both boys and girls teams at a meet hosted by Bedford School, but there were further impressive results on Tuesday. At a very wet Bedford Stadium for the Athletics County Championships, SWA came away with ten county champions!
Lara Jones - hammer
Chloe Ward - javelin
Caitlin Oxton - long jump
Alison Agbor - shot putt
Jas Currey - 800m
Dan Chandler - hammer
Reuben Thomas - hurdles and high jump
Nathan Litchfield - hammer and discus
Long distance running
Year 10 student Miles Elliott finished an impressive 22nd (and 1st placed junior) in the Tour of Derwent Valley Race Series in the Peak District, Derbyshire. The race took place over four consecutive days and Miles worked his way up the field over the course of the weekend. He now looks forward to an 18 mile fell race in Derbyshire.
A massive congratulations to Gemma Ryan who competed in the British schools acrobatic gymnastics national finals in Stoke last month. She represented the east region in the tumbling competition. Gemma has qualified for this competition several times but this year was competing in the U19 competition. There was a very high level of tumbling and Gemma did herself proud with three exceptional tumbles. She finished 6th in the country and was only 0.15 marks off a medal. We are so proud of Gemma and wish her well next season. A well-deserved performer of the month. Well done Gemma – a fantastic role model.
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, Tanya Clark PSO, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers, Vishali Yadav Head of Year and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 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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