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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Samuel Whitbread Academy

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Samuel Whitbread Academy is a popular and highly successful upper school (Years 9-13) of 1650 students which includes 450 in the Sixth Form and is the largest school in Central Bedfordshire.

We offer an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience in an outstanding learning environment where students are expected to work hard and achieve their best. We are a member of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) a learning community of five nurseries and ten schools, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education. In our last Ofsted inspection, we were judged as ‘Good’ with many outstanding features and over the next three years we have set ourselves the target of being Outstanding! 

Latest News

  • 24 Sep 2021Sep 24 2021 3:44:38 PM

    BEST is now five years old. Please look at our '5 Years of BEST' pdf brochure below, which looks back at some of the major highlights for us over the years.

  • 22 Jul 2021Jul 22 2021 1:31:05 PM

    Please find pdf file from Central Bedfordshire Summer Activity Programme for children and young people aged 8-17 years.

  • 14 May 2021May 14 2021 8:55:53 AM

      The Children's Commissioner for England is wanting to hear from young people across the country, and is running the largest ever survey of children and young people in England. The aim i...

  • 06 May 2021May 6 2021 1:01:13 PM

    Everyone at Samuel Whitbread Academy is deeply saddened at the passing of a Year 11 pupil, which has come as a great shock to us all. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the pupil...

  • 15 Apr 2021Apr 15 2021 9:31:12 AM

    An unfortunate incident within our community, resulting in Shefford Saints Football Club's storage unit & equipment igniting. For more details read The Comet's article.

  • 21 Oct 2021 - 2:10 PMOct 21 2021 2:23:24 PM

    Year 9 Application Deadline Sunday 31st of October The deadline to apply to Samuel Whitbread Academy is fast approaching, to apply for a place in Year 9 September 2022 please click on the link below... https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/5/school_admissions/495/apply_for_a_school_place_in_central_bedfordshire

  • 19 Oct 2021 - 2:10 PMOct 19 2021 2:52:28 PM

    Northampton Saints Rugby Camp This October half term Northampton Saints will be running a rugby camp hosted at Samuel Whitbread Academy from the 26th-28th of October. A fantastic opportunity for aspiring rugby players to experience professional training and develop their skills. For more information about the camp or to book, visit their website or send a message via email. Both linked below. Website: https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/camps Email: Community@northamptonsaints.co.uk

  • 15 Oct 2021 - 1:10 PMOct 15 2021 1:59:45 PM

    Year 8 Taster Sessions SWA are proud to offer any Y8 student who is applying to us a range of fantastic curriculum taster sessions. We look forward to meeting you after the October half-term. For more information and to book a place, please visit https://www.samuelwhitbread.org.uk/page/?title=Year+8+Taster+Sessions&pid=216

  • 06 Oct 2021 - 8:10 AMOct 6 2021 8:27:41 AM

    We currently have support staff roles: please click the links for more info and to apply. Learning Support Assistant (fixed-term) https://www.mynewterm.com/school/Samuel-Whitbread-Academy/137948/EDV-2021-SWA-35856/Learning-Support-Assistant-(Fixed-Term) Casual Exam Invigilators (part-time) https://www.mynewterm.com/school/Samuel-Whitbread-Academy/137948/EDV-2021-SWA-06698/Casual-Exam-Invigilators

  • 29 Sep 2021 - 3:09 PMSep 29 2021 3:42:43 PM

    UPDATE: Water is now running again and the site team are doing all necessary checks to make sure the site is up and running safely. School will be open as usual from tomorrow (Thursday) morning. Thank you to parents and students for your cooperation today.

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    How to Find Us

    Samuel Whitbread Academy
    Shefford Road, Clifton, Shefford
    Bedfordshire SG17 5QS

    01462 629 900

    swa-info@bestacademies.org.uk