Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter No.4 (14/2/14)

Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter                                                    
No.4 (14/2/14)

Dear Parents and Carers

There are many times during the year when I feel incredibly proud to be the Principal of Samuel Whitbread Academy. Last night was one such moment. The culmination of months of hard work from both staff and students (and no doubt parents in the wings) could be clearly seen in a fantastic performance of music, dance and drama in 'A Night at the Musicals'. There were many high points during the evening, but for me personally, seeing the younger students from the other schools in BEST working alongside our own students from the Academy was truly inspiring. Events like these really go to show what can be achieved when we all work together as a family of schools.

Rob Robson
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Important Notices
Samuel Whitbread is now running a late bus on Wednesdays to enable students to stay after school for extra support from a range of different subjects, please see your teachers for details.

There may be a time when we need to close in an emergency or we are forced to close suddenly.
Click here to view full details on our website.

POP UP SHOP is postponed for March but is offering free posting until 28th February. A new POP UP SHOP date will follow later in the school year - details to follow.
Exam Support Sessions
We are now offering a free late bus service on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! There are a whole host of sessions available to students, from various different subjects areas, to help them prepare for their exams. Students should speak with their individual subject teachers for more details.

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Click here to view more about this on our website
BEST Performing Arts Academy presents ‘A Night at the Musicals’

Tonight sees the final showing of A Night at the Musicals. SWA Main Hall has been packed out over the past two evenings to watch students (and staff!) from across BEST perform scenes from various famous musicals. There have been rave reviews so far from staff, parents and fellow students who have seen the show, and there are a limited number of tickets available on the door for the final show tonight – 14th February.

Cast Finale
The following students have been making excellent progress in their courses at Bedford College this term, and have been awarded the following commendations.

Tiffany Smith - Hard work in practical & theory lessons
Ben Nightingale - Continued effort & completing all tasks
Kelsey Hek - Positive attitude
Kathryn Drew - Developing, improving and working hard since the start of the year
Kasey Lloyd - Good levels of progress & enthusiasm in class
Stefan Costi - Enthusiasm and willingness to work
Year Groups
Year 9
The Year 9B GCSE timetable will start on 
Monday 3rd March on a Week A.

Year 10
Mondays & Wednesdays
Room 106
1:20pm - 1:50pm
Click here to view full details on our website.

Many subjects (including Maths and English) have support sessions after school on Tuesdays and or Thursdays for students who would like extra help with their studies. Please ask your teachers for more details.

Year 10 Progress Review Evening
Monday 10th March

Please book your appointments online for the Year 10 PRE by clicking here.

If you experience any difficulties please contact Jayne Reeve on 01462 628046 or by email

Year 11
Mondays & Wednesdays
Room 106
1:20pm - 1:50pm
Click here to view full details on our website.

Many subjects (including maths and English) have support sessions after school on Tuesdays and or Thursdays for students who would like extra help with their studies, please ask your teachers for more details.

We are now offering a free late bus service on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! There are a whole host of sessions available to students, from various different subject areas, to help them prepare for their exams. Students should speak with their individual subject teachers for more details. A full list of sessions can be found here.

Sixth Form
Debate Challenge
The Year 12 debate challenge has begun. 12A, 12C and 12E and 12H have been victorious in the contests so far with 12B, 12D, 12F and 12G defeated despite strong arguments. The winning tutor groups progress to Round 2 (Quarter Finals), where a different debate title awaits. I must say congratulations to all eight tutor groups because the debates have been amazing with in-depth research and thought being put into the speeches, questions and responses.
Next Steps Parent/Student Presentation Evening Thursday 6th February saw over 100 students and their parents attended the Next Steps Evening where there was an in-depth explanation of how to begin applying to university whilst also exploring other options available to our Year 12s once they have completed their studies. This was the biggest ever turnout for this evening and I hope students will begin preparing and researching for their next steps from this point onwards. The two PowerPoint presentations have been emailed to all students and are on the school website.

Autism Assembly
Three students who have Autism/Asperger’s delivered an amazing assembly to Year 12 students on Monday 3rd February. Huge thanks and a big well done must go to Luke Hutchings, Will Hart and Kyle Ford for inviting us into the mind of an autistic person and for explaining what it is like. Year 12 students responded with maturity and respect and this was great to see.

A big thank you must go to Alex Smith for assisting with the presentation.

Mr L Huckle - Head of Year 12

Applied to University?
Student Finance – If you have applied for a University course for 2014/15 you will need to start the process of applying for your student loan. The application will open at the start of February 2014 and is an on-line process. The website is

Please drop into the sixth form office if you require any assistance.

Not going to University?
If you have decided that university is not the right choice for you our Careers Advisors would like to support you with your next steps, be that into an apprenticeship, employment or looking at gap year/volunteering opportunities. We will be holding a Careers Day on Thursday 27th February to look at apprenticeships, CV writing, interviews, etc. and all those students in Year 13 who have not applied to university are invited to come along. You can also request a careers appointment with an advisor who will give you personalised information and guidance - see Mrs V Pateman or Mrs D Hill to book an appointment.

There are also some really useful websites to look at for careers guidance:  and
Sports/Arts News
Cross Country

On yet another wet and windy afternoon at the regional championships. Every member of the team ran exceptionally well. Highlights of the afternoon included Tom Angell finishing third and Ryan Ward 10th in the Intermediate Boys (racing against an older age group), Connor Haddow 9th, Taylor Bradbury 10th, Harry Lowe 11th and Jess Irvine 11th. All six are waiting to hear if they have been selected to represent Bedfordshire at the upcoming English Schools Cross Country in Derbyshire.
Business Studies
Year 11 Intervention: Starting on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February and weekly thereafter, there will be after school ‘catch-up’ study classes for Year 11 GCSE Business Studies students. Letters have been sent home to notify those students who are expected to attend.

Young Enterprise. In the last newsletter there was an article on Poseidon, a Young Enterprise business run by Samuel Whitbread Academy Students, selling dental wipes. We are pleased to announce that they have now purchased their first stock and are in a position to start actively selling! If you are interested in purchasing any please contact Mrs C Denny on and she will put you in contact with them.
Thank you to all parents and carers for your help with encouraging students to return their overdue library books. We have recently had over 100 books returned. Just a reminder that Year 11 and 13 students will not be permitted to attend Prom if they have any overdue books by the time they go on study leave.

Thursday 6th March is World Book Day and we would like to invite parents to visit the library. Please call 01462628033 or email if you would like to organise a visit. We will have lots of fun games and activities taking place and will also be piloting e-books which will be available through Eclipse. 

Design Technology & Engineering
February half term is upon us, and it carries particular significance for the Year 10 and 11 GCSE Design Technology and Engineering students.

Year 11 GCSE Coursework Deadlines
All GCSE coursework has been handed in, the submission deadline being the end of the day today. The one exception is Food Technology GCSE, who will be making their final product on the first week back after half term.

Year 10 Coursework Begins
All Year 10 Design Technology & Engineering students have an introduction to their GCSE coursework project this week, being set an extensive research task to complete over the half-term break. Coursework is an important part of the GCSE course and forms 60% of the final marks and will make a real difference to the final grade. Work will be broken down into several sections, or criterion. The coursework includes a number of set tasks, working through the design process and ultimately leading to the creation of a new product. Included will be a weekly home work task which should take approximately one hour to complete. These home works are essential to the course and must be completed and handed in on time.

If you need any further information or guidance on GCSE Coursework to support your son or daughter please contact their class teacher who will be able to give you further guidance. Further information will be available on the subject specific research task in the next couple of weeks.

Arkwright Scholarship: Katherine Heredge
We are delighted to announce that Year 11 Product Design student Katherine Heredge has applied for a prestigious Arkwright Design and Engineering Scholarship which is one of the most prestigious scholarship schemes in the UK. It supports students through their A-Level studies and encourages students to pursue engineering and design at university and beyond. The scholarships are sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, professional engineering organisations and personal donations with many benefits for students. I would like to wish Katherine every success on her application and her exam which will take place shortly. Arkwright Scholars currently form the top 2% of designers and engineers in the UK.
Sports/Arts News
SWA U14 Basketballers made it six wins from six this week with victories over Biddenham (38-14) and St. Thomas More (30-18). These were two outstanding team displays, but particular mentions must go to Murray McGill who put in an excellent performance at point guard, and Ben Daniels who was voted MVP for the win over St. Thomas More.
SWA U14 hockey boys finished an excellent second (to Bedford School) in the county tournament last week. The whole team were amazing and it is a huge achievement for them. Jack Chiswell was outstanding throughout and finished with Player of the Tournament. The boys now go to the Regional Finals and represent Bedfordshire.

The Junior Girls Hockey side continued their winning streak with a 5-1 victory over Biddenham. The team played superbly, well led by the stand-in captain Kate Chappell whilst Megan Dennis was representing the District at the County Cross Country Championships. Kate scored twice and helped set up two goals for Emilia De Luca, while Ellie Jones completed the scoring. Georgia Jack was excellent in goal and the girls welcomed new recruits Charlotte Langeveld and Natalie Smith to the squad.

The SWA U14 football boys won through to the County Cup semi-final last week, beating Mark Rutherford in horrendous weather conditions. An excellent team performance full of heart and determination was pivotal in the 3-1 victory, goals from Alex Taylor, Charlie Scott and Dan Imrie deciding the result. The boys will now play either Stopsley or Redborne for a place in the final.
Gymnastics SWA girls achieved a Silver Medal in the Regional Schools Gymnastics competition last week for their Group 6 routine, a fantastic achievement. Well done to Jadie Larham, Kizzy Plumb, Amber Freeman, Scarlett Freeman, Elle MacGregor and Becky Darnell (who also achieved a bronze medal in tumbling!)
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.

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 the staff in the kitchen or come to the Data Office Room 339 and speak to Kelly Furphy. If your child feels uncomfortable approaching the staff then please call Kelly Furphy on 01462 628044 between 0800hrs and 1600hrs.

Drop in Sessions
Drop in sessions with the school nurse start after half term, 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.

Shopping Online?
There is a new easy way to raise funds for Bedfordshire East Schools Trust when shopping online. Simply visit, and type in Bedfordshire East Schools Trust when asked which charity you would like to support. It also gives you the opportunity to download the Shop 2 Fundraise tool which then alerts you each time you are internet shopping on a site that supports charities via Shop 2 Fundraise. A simple, easy way to raise funds for school projects!
Service Families
Since September 2013 Samuel Whitbread has employed a part-time Pastoral Worker for service families. If you think you are going to be posted please contact Lucy Yule (01462 628019) so that she can help your child's transition go as smoothly as possible. We understand your circumstances might change again and that's OK. Kelly Furphy (01462 628044) will also assist in any transition procedure and documentation needed.

Service Families
There are monthly drop-in sessions at Chicksands and Henlow bases for parents of service children. Lucy Yule is available to talk to you, along with the PSO from Robert Bloomfield and Campton Lower. Please look out for details which are given by text message.
Just a reminder that parents can log in to the e-praise system to check the success of their children by clicking here.

Contact Details
If you wish to change your Address/Telephone /e-mail or any other information we hold on our SIMS information system at SWA please contact Mrs K Furphy on or telephone on 01462 628044. It is important that we hold 
the correct information for you in case of an emergency.

Appointments for the doctors or dentist etc. should, wherever possible, be arranged out of Academy hours. If this cannot be avoided, written evidence must be produced, e.g. appointment card, letter from doctor, these appointments are recorded as 
an absence.

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 in their diary or a note enabling them to sign out.

The Attendance Office is in Block 3, Room 107 in Reception.

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 107).

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs A Martin – 01462 628041 or
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