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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Samuel Whitbread Academy

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Samuel Whitbread Academy is a highly successful and extremely popular upper school (Years 9-13) with 1700 students, which includes 470 in the Sixth Form and is the largest school in Central Bedfordshire, with a wealth of opportunities. 

We offer an exceptional academic and extra-curricular 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. We have a clear set of values, mission statement and vision, which is to 'be the best that we can be'.

Latest News

  • 19 Jul 2024 - 3:07 PMJul 19 2024 3:21:23 PM

    What a fantastic way to wrap up the school year! Congratulations to all, but a special shoutout to Rashford for taking home the victory. Here's to an amazing day and an even better school year - we are so proud of our community. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer ahead!

  • 18 Jul 2024 - 7:07 PMJul 18 2024 7:02:38 PM

    Last night we celebrated the achievements of a number of Year 9 and 10 students and celebrated their successes with friends and family over an afternoon tea. Students performed poetry and shared recent project work showcasing their skills. #SWASuperstars

  • 18 Jul 2024 - 5:07 PMJul 18 2024 5:04:31 PM

    What a day we had at Year 12 Sports Day! The students outdid themselves by creating their own games and working through each of them. Huge congratulations to 12H for taking home the victory! #Year12SportsDay

  • 18 Jul 2024 - 9:07 AMJul 18 2024 9:12:56 AM

    ⚽️| First Pro Contract Wow! We are pleased to announce that our 1st XI Captain & GK James Taylor has earned a 2 year professional contract at premier league side @NUFC After captaining England Schoolboys, he now makes the next step in his journey, proud of you JT!

  • 17 Jul 2024 - 5:07 PMJul 17 2024 5:00:48 PM

    Don't forget, Friday the 19th of July is a non-uniform day! Please wear sportswear & House colours for the House Olympics. If you wish to participate, please pay £1.50 via ParentMail.

  • 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...

  • 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: Email:

  • 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

  • 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) Casual Exam Invigilators (part-time)

  • 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