Subject: Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter No.5 (14/3/14)

Samuel Whitbread Academy E-Newsletter                                                    
No.5 (14/3/14)

Dear Parents and Carers

Last week saw the launch of 9 B when students in Year 9 begin their options and start new timetables. Samuel Whitbread Academy is one of the few schools where Year 9 students start their options early and our experience tells us that students really appreciate the extra time and challenge these courses bring. As you would imagine, re-timetabling Year 9 half way through the year whilst keeping everyone else's timetable the same is a major undertaking. To make this possible some of the lessons in Year 9 are split between teachers, however in September we address this issue and shared classes are rare in Years 9 and 10. Students say how much they value the extra time on their GCSEs and BTECs and feel the introductory units in Year 9 are a positive addition to their curriculum.
Rob Robson
To find out more visit our Website here, or visit our Facebook Page here.

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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Arlesey Remembers You - A World War One Commemoration Project

This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and the village of Arlesey has decided to commemorate this fact. The war resulted in the sacrifice of millions of lives, and in the case of Arlesey, 87 men who lost their lives during WWI are commemorated on the war memorial.

The people of Arlesey are initiating a project which intends to commemorate those men who lost their lives and leave a legacy for future generations. The aim is to recognise the individual lives lost by placing a British Legion poppy cross on every single grave. Some men do not have a grave in which case we will place a cross on an anonymous grave in an appropriate cemetery. How big a task is this? Well the 87 men are buried in at least 48 cemeteries across six countries including one in Iraq, five in Israel and two in Turkey. The majority are in northern France and Belgium. There could be more cemeteries to visit because we have 10 names of which we have no information at all. As to the legacy, we aim to research all the names so we can identify the 10 we know nothing about and record all the men's lives to turn a name into a person. All this will be used to build a web site. Finally we will record our efforts by way of a television documentary that will be broadcast on the Community Channel.

As you can see it is a big project, but being a community project means the ability to gain a lot of support. Which is why we are seeking volunteers, and lots of them! There are many ways to get involved, from donating money towards the documentary, to website designing, production of the documentary, researching names, or volunteering to visit a cemetery - to place a cross and take a few photographs for the website.

If you wish to become involved, follow us on Facebook here - or email for information.

Wish us luck in this venture or better still get involved!
‘Arlesey Remembers You’ Project Team

40th Anniversary / Theatre
We have an amazing offer for staff, students and families within BEMAT. Milton Keynes Theatre are wishing SWA a Happy Birthday by offering us some tickets at discounted prices to see Robin Cousins' Ice show, live on ice, on Thursday 10 April at 7:30pm.

The show is directed and choreographed by Olympic champion Robin Cousins. It promises to be a dynamic and atmospheric show, where world class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly. Basically if you like Dancing on Ice, you will love this show. 

Tickets are usually £25 each (plus booking fee), however we are able to purchase tickets at £17.50* each (no booking fee). If you would like to book a ticket, please email Miss Hall ( to let her know how many tickets you would like, as tickets are limited we will be on a first come, first served basis. Payment will then need to be made asap.

Thanks for your interest and enjoy the show.
Miss Hall

* Please note that £5 per ticket will be donated to SWA's 40th fund raising pot, to raise money to purchase an all weather sports pitch, to be used by the Academy and the local community.

Battle Of The Bands
SWA take part in the Battle of the Bands on 19th March at 7:30pm at The Stables. The band came third last year but are determined for a top of the table finish this time around! Tickets are available on their website.

Best of luck to George Preston, Alex Dennis, Joe Galvin, James Hefford, Gemma Parr-Smith, Danny Hanlon, Amy Chiswell, Georgie Stacey and Poppy Lingard.

Music Department

The Northampton Saints Developing Player Programme has been running at SWA since October. Mr Candlin and Mr Gulliver have been pivotal in the construction and delivery of the sessions that have challenged the most promising young talent from Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough. The U13s, U14s and U15s have been at SWA over the last two weeks, with around 100 of the best rugby players in the area experiencing the facilities and elite coaching that SWA has to offer. Northampton Saints have invested their resources into the venture this season and are exceptionally impressed with the impact of the programme to players and local clubs. Ross Stewart, Academy Manager at Saints, said: "Rich and Ben are leading from the front, they are not only inspiring players to unlock their ability, but also the local club coaches, who attend regular coach education sessions. The positive impact on rugby evolution is clear to see and we are lucky to have such an innovative partner to with work in Samuel Whitbread Academy, the facilities and professionalism are rapidly driving the DPP to new heights."
Families United Network
There is a Families United Network Parent Conference taking place at the Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine (MK43 0PR) on Saturday 8th March from 9am – 2:30pm. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

A selection of FREE workshops will be offered including Puberty & Adolescene, Sleep and Managing Challenging Behaviour.

Please e mail to book your place stating interest in:

Workshop A                                                    Workshop B
Health                                                              Sleep Solutions
Education                                                         Wills & Trusts 
Social Care                                                       Puberty & Adolescent
                                                                       Managing Challenging Behavior
Year Groups
Year 9
As part of the application process for college courses, 51 students attended a taster day in their chosen vocational area at either Bedford or Shuttleworth College on Tuesday 4th March. The aim of the day was to experience what it is like to be a student at the Colleges and to sample what the Animal Care, Equine, Hair & Beauty, Motor Vehicle and Construction courses have to offer. Students attended the practical and theory taster classes in their chosen area. This was a fantastic day, the tutors were inspiring and all of the students came away with very positive ideas of what is to come in the next couple of years.

Miss Mason

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 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.

Year 11 revision sessions:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday after school we are running after school ‘catch-up’ study and revision classes for Year 11 GCSE Business Studies students. Please come along and take advantage of this extra time.

Sixth Form
Debate Challenge
After a high quality first round, the Debate Challenge quarter finals begin this week. Tutor groups have been notified and are well underway with planning. This round’s debate centres around the argument ‘The house believes that the Internet does more harm than good.’

The draw has been made and the line up is as follows:

Friday 14th March: 12A (Pigram/Haynes) vs 12C (Kerridge)

Friday 21st March: 12E (Bridge/Nye) vs 12H (Gardiner/Darmody)

Friday 28th March: 12K (Tonking) vs 12M (Kurji)

Thursday 3rd April: 12B - the wild card (Adams) vs 12N (Orr)

All debates take place in the staff room from 1.15 - 1.45pm. Staff and students are encouraged to attend!

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 opened in February 2014 and is an on-line process. The website is

Please drop into the sixth form office if you require any assistance
Sports/Arts News

Three of our teams are through to the semi-finals of the County Cup, with the Under 15 boys joining the Under 14 boys and Under 14 girls after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Cedars in the quarter finals. Billy Cook and Brad Lusty scored superb strikes as the boys battled back after being behind on three separate occasions.
15 students were invited to compete at a district Future Stars rowing competition. A lot of these students had never rowed before but were identified as potential stars. The scheme aims to introduce talented individuals to rowing. There were some fantastic showings and SWA ended up with six medalists.
The Dance Show takes place on 24th April at SWA. This is always a fantastic event with most of our GCSE and A-level students involved in showcasing their work so please come along! Tickets are available from the finance office.
Twelve Year 9 SWA students who arrived from Etonbury Academy were presented with certificates last week celebrating their achievements in Maths. Whilst at Etonbury last year, a day after the GCSE Maths Exam was held for the Year 11s, these high achievers took the same paper to see how they would fare. The results were incredibly positive, with several reaching B and C grades, a whole three years before they will actually sit their GCSE exam.

Well done to Isabella Burns, Elizabeth Navarro, Ben Daniels, Rachel Evans, Chloe Emery, Billy Wong, Aaron Gooch, Natalie Smith, Matthew Johnston-Kenters, Jack Cavalier, Lara Henry and Ben Hall.

After the success of ‘A Night at the Musicals’, SWA’s Spring Music Concert 2014 is already keenly anticipated. It takes place on Monday 31st March at 7pm in the Main Hall. Tickets are available from SWA Cashier’s Office, room 332, at £4 for adults, £3 for students and concessions.
Business Studies/IT:
Sam Frost (a former Samuel Whitbread Student(, now working for PwC (Price Waterhouse Cooper), came in to talk to sixth form students about the PwC High Apprentice scheme. PwC offer students an alternate route from higher education offering professional qualifications and routes to becoming a charted accountant. PwC are one of the top 4 consultancy in the world.
Sports/Arts News
The Under 18 boys hockey squad beat Redborne 5-2 in a thrilling indoor match at SWA. The game was fast paced and challenging, with excellent play by Rogan Pond and goal keeper Cam Plant.
On the same evening, the Under 16 boys played an experienced Redborne side and were narrowly beaten 2-1 despite a fantastic goal by Kyle Watson.

The Under 18 girls hockey team continued their winning success in the District League by beating Redborne 5-0 last week, Anna Wheeler with a hat-trick and goals for Megan Angell and Charlie King.

Following District League success and a remarkable triumph in the County Cup - beating Bedford School in the final - the Under 14 boys represented Bedfordshire in the Regional Hockey Finals. The boys played exceptionally well against established private schools Ipswich, Bishop Stortford College and The Leys, Cambridge. SWA’s player of the tournament was James Steer who produced a string of fantastic saves in goal. The tournament showed the huge amount of potential SWA hockey has for the future.

U18 squad                                     U14 Squad
Cam Plant                                      Oliver Smith
Rogan Pond                                    James Steer
Will Barnett                                     James Thomson
Adam Biggs                                    Paul Angell
Shaun King                                     Max Chappell
Matt Norman                                   James Morris
                                                      Max Whittle
U16 Squad                                     Ryan Devlin-Thomas
Cam Plant                                       Jack Chiswell
Kyle Watson                                   Tom Clements
Chris O’Reilly                                  Jack James
Will Pope                                        Bretton Woodhouse
Anna Wheeler                                  Mathew Johnstone-    
Robbie Angell                                  Kenters
                                                      Tyler Winter
SWA Cheerleading Squad – The Sabres: are holding a showcase evening on Wednesday 26th March at 7pm in the school Theatre. The squad has been working hard and it should prove to be a hugely entertaining display. Please feel free to come along and support the girls if you can.
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.

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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