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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.

  • 28 Sep 2021 - 9:09 AMSep 28 2021 9:57:01 AM

    Samuel Whitbread Academy welcomes prospective Year 9 students to our open evenings on Tuesdays 28th September and 5th October. For more information and to book, please visit https://t.co/bMRkdfrud8 https://t.co/i0Xj522qeT

  • 27 Sep 2021 - 8:09 AMSep 27 2021 8:13:36 AM

    Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton welcomes prospective Year 9 students to our open evenings on Tuesdays 28th September and 5th October. See link here for more info and to book: https://t.co/EyhzieBG2M https://t.co/ENhQj0nqOL

  • 25 Sep 2021 - 7:09 AMSep 25 2021 7:46:39 AM

    Samuel Whitbread Academy welcomes prospective Year 9 students to our open evenings on Tuesdays 28th September & 5th October. We have outstanding facilities, dedicated staff & a multitude of opportunities to succeed. Visit our website for info & to book: https://t.co/EyhzieBG2M https://t.co/MugLd5ZDJt

  • 22 Sep 2021 - 7:09 PMSep 22 2021 7:15:24 PM

    All set for the Year 11 annual awards evening tonight! Looking forward to celebrating the successes of our outgoing Year 11s! https://t.co/u7aLXAfC4r

  • 22 Sep 2021 - 6:09 AMSep 22 2021 6:27:27 AM

    Some fantastic work up in textiles #learningtodayatSWA https://t.co/p1RbOshhgB

  • 25 Sep 2021 - 6:09 AMSep 25 2021 6:35:04 AM

    Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton welcomes prospective Year 9 students to our open evenings on Tuesdays 28th September and 5th October. Along with our outstanding facilities and dedicated teaching staff, we pride ourselves on the wide range of opportunities we have at SWA, including a broad curriculum and multitude of extra-curricular options. For more information on the open evenings and to book your place, please visit our website here: https://www.samuelwhitbread.org.uk/page/?title=Year+8+Open+Evenings&pid=140

  • 18 Sep 2021 - 2:09 PMSep 18 2021 2:00:36 PM

    We had a fantastic evening on Wednesday celebrating the outgoing Year 13 students and all their achievements throughout their time at SWA. Thank you for all your incredible efforts and we look forward to hearing about your future endeavours!

  • 18 Sep 2021 - 11:09 AMSep 18 2021 11:01:30 AM

    Well done to all students who took part in the RestART festival on Thursday, showcasing the best of our performing arts department!

  • 18 Sep 2021 - 8:09 AMSep 18 2021 8:34:55 AM

    Another great week of engagement and variety in our classrooms. #learningtodayatSWA

  • 15 Sep 2021 - 5:09 PMSep 15 2021 5:31:31 PM

    We are really excited to welcome our outgoing Year 13 students for our Annual Awards Evening this evening and celebrate their successes!

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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