Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter Issue Issue 58 (01/02/17)

Samuel Whitbread Academy 
Issue 58 (01/02/17)

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Dear Parents and Carers,

The first half term of 2017 is nearly over and we're already into February!

I'm pleased to say that National Grid have informed us that all work will be completed by the end of the week and they have fixed all of the issues with the main gas line outside the school.

Last night we had the Year 13 parents evening which was well attended and gave students and their parents an opportunity to receive any last few pieces of advice as the exams approach. Next Thursday (9th February) is the Year 11 parents evening and this will also be vital for parents and students to gain any final advice and guidance on how to improve in the run up to their GCSEs.

PE have had a good fortnight with winners and runners-up in District Handball Finals, two impressive wins for the Under 18 basketball boys, the Under 14 netballers representing the school at the Regional Finals and the Under 14 football boys making it through to the last 16 in the English Schools National Cup to play Thomas Telford School in the next round, an eagerly awaited encounter!

The school musical ‘A Night at the Movies’ is rapidly approaching and rehearsals are going incredibly well. See below for details on how to purchase tickets to the event at the end of February.

Finally, if the rumours on social media are to believed, then ex-student Ben Whishaw is up for the role of Dr Who, so fingers crossed!

Nick Martin
Year 9 & 10
Richard Denton from Bedfordshire Police has kindly offered to run an information session for parents on the 7th February on how to support teenagers with the internet and offer advice a guidance about the dangers of social media and how to protect your children. The session will start at 7pm and is expected to last between 45mins and an hour and there will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation with refreshments also available.
If you are interested in attending the session please simply click here which will take you to an online form where you can enter your attendance. 
Year 11
We can now confirm that the end of year celebrations have been launched.  Students have been issued letters for the year book and prom. Thank you in anticipation of your support of these celebrations, we understand it can be costly and so appreciate you helping us to make our students time here really memorable. Just a reminder that Year 11 students will be taking the next round of mocks on the 27th February to 3rd March and we know that parents are really reinforcing the message about continued revision each evening.  Thank you for your support in helping us to ensure that are students are prepared.  There are lots of useful revision links on the website if you need any support in this area. The Year 11 Progress Review Evening (PRE) takes place next Thursday 9th February. Several appointments have been made already but if you have yet to book in to see your son/daughter’s subject teachers, please take the time to have some hopefully very constructive conversations with members of staff. Click here to make appointments.

Miss N Kelly
Glasses (spectacles) Collection
Calling all glasses wearers! You probably have old glasses sitting in cupboards and drawers that you can’t wear anymore. Please bring them in to Front Reception and donate them to be reconditioned by Lions International.  Your donated glasses will be collected, sorted and distributed to clinics and eye camps in communities across Africa, India and eastern Europe in partnership with Medico France.  The project also raises financial support for eye related projects at home and overseas by recycling scrap metal from spectacles that are broken or unsuitable for recycling.

Thank you in advance for your donations. From members of 12D.
Careers advice at PRE
Next Thursday (9th February) at the Year 11 PRE, there will be representatives from Bedford College, North Herts College and 3AAA (a training provider for IT apprenticeships). Students who are considering post-16 education away from SWA should take the opportunity to speak to these individuals on the night to get information about alternative courses.
BEST musical
Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s musical ‘A Night at the Movies’, showcasing a range of songs from a variety of musicals including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray.

Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment, either from the cashiers office at break and lunchtimes or here.

Artist of the Month
The Artist of the Month goes to Andi Bowskill Year 13. Below are three digital illustrations for Graphic Communications advertising London Travel.
The Year 9 girls attended the Regional Netball Championships on Saturday. They fought valiantly all day, despite some extremely tough matches. They demonstrated excellent netball and showed their versatility on court. The girls finished the day fourth in their group which is fantastic at such a high standard. Players’ player went to Emma Moore with coach’s player going to Megan Sawyer and parents’ player to Ellis Kane. Well done to the whole squad who took part.
Sports Leaders
Our sports leaders have spent many hours volunteering this term giving up their free time. They have been fabulous ambassadors for the school assisting Redborne School Sports Partnership in their lower school events. We have hosted KS1 festivals and indoor athletics events. All of our students have shown excellent leadership skills working with the Year 1 and 2 students and ensuring they enjoy the activities. Thank you for all you hard work and commitment.
Leaders: Chloe Burr, Megan Dennis, Natalie Smith, Georgia Everton, Izzy Hewitt, Chloe Emery, Emily Onagaruwa, Becky Darnell, Maya Ogonah, Hannah King, Charotte Fossey, Joe Maddocks, Lewis Sharp, Alfie Hickman, Ollie Smith, Jay la Francesca, Liam Chalkey, Lucas Town, Mitchell Brown, Billy Cook, Megan Holmes, Josh Cooper, Ali Gibbs, Bailey Summers, Sam Ricketts, Levi Reid, Ethan Andrews, Andrew Cross.
PE Successes
SWA PE Department is incredibly proud of all students who represent the school across all sports, but especially those who go on to achieve national or international honours. In recognition of those who have done just that over the past few years, some of the memorabilia of those who have played for their country is being displayed in the PE corridor. Keep an eye over the next few weeks for this!
U15 Handball
Last week the girls and boys travelled to the Bunyan Centre to take part in the District Handball Finals. After a slow start the girls lost their first game narrowly to Redborne before they went through the gears, beating both Bedford Free School and Biddenham to qualify for the semi-finals where they faced Stratton. With a very strong performance, they defended impressively to keep their attack at bay before well worked counter attack goals from Ellie Fox and Dani Vince. In the final a good goal from Ellie Fox put the girls ahead before Redborne equalised. Despite having the better opportunities, the girls lost out to a golden goal, which went right into the corner.

The boys, on the other hand, qualified for the County Finals as District Champions after beating Stratton in the final 15-13.
U18 Basketball
Last week, the boys travelled to KCA (formally Hastingsbury) where they recorded the school’s highest ever point tally for a game. The boys played fantastically, scoring all types of well worked baskets, with a particular highlight being the quality of their outside shooting for 3 points. Luke Witchell (Year 13) and Ethan Wong (Year 11) top scored with 27 and 24 points respectively. On top of this, the boys last night beat Sharnbrook 64-38 with an outstanding performance.
Robert Bloomfield Academy
Indoor Athletics
Well done to the Year 7&8 indoor athletics teams who had a very successful day at Cranfield University representing Central Bedfordshire in the County Finals last week:

Year 7 Boys - 2nd (missing out on first by 2points)
Year 8 Girls - County Champions
Year 8 Boys - County Champions
RBA Alumni
To all former pupils of Robert Bloomfield Academy, Shefford High School, Robert Bloomfield Middle School or Robert Bloomfield School please visit our brand new Alumni site and gives us a like:
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.
Transfer to Upper School
September 2016
All the information you need for the transfer can be found on the Central Bedfordshire Web page, here. Or you can contact the admissions team on: 0300 300 8037 or by e-mail 

Should you need any further information please e-mail Kelly Furphy on
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.
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:

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 Thursday breaktime in room 403. If students have any issues ranging from diet to bullying they can book an appointment with the nurse by visiting Mrs Ward in the First Aid room.
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 Bonham PSO Sixth Form, Jo Abbott PSO year 10, Oliver Daniels Head of Year 9, Thomas Rowell SENCO, Julie Saggers PSO Year 11 and Richard Sinclair Head of Year 10 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.
Samuel Whitbread is always looking for ways to support our students and keep parents informed of the latest issues and concerns that are facing our students. We are registered with Parent Info and this can be reached through an icon on the school website.
Parent Info provides high quality information for parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. The service is free and offers advice and guidance on a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships, the internet, body image and peer pressure to broader parenting  topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’ In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme (also on the school website), some of the content covers Internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
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


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Signing In/Out
Students must sign in at the Attendance Office if they arrive late or sign out/in if they leave/return during the Academy day. Please ensure that students have written permission enabling them to sign out.

Please note that the Attendance Office has moved to Room 337.

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. 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. *Special circumstances are defined as:

‘For service personnel and other employees prevented from taking holidays outside term-time if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education’ and ‘when the family needs to spend more time together to support each other after a crisis.’

These changes aim to minimise the impact of absence during the school year.

Holiday 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 
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.
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