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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

  • 17 Dec 2021Dec 17 2021 2:30:06 PM

      To start off with, we would like to say thank you to our Gold sponsor RARUK Automation, our Silver sponsors Redrow Homes & Nexus Fostering and our Bronze sponsors Winkworth & Endolin...

  • 03 Dec 2021Dec 3 2021 11:36:44 AM

    We are so proud of the SWA debate team for their incredible performance in the final round of the International Debate that was held on Thursday 25th November. Their performance was flawless, and we...

  • 03 Dec 2021Dec 3 2021 11:33:04 AM

      On Thursday 25th November the History department was delighted to welcome Bill Smith from GreatWarWorkshops. Bill delivered a two-hour workshop on Medicine in the British sector of the Weste...

  • 19 Nov 2021Nov 19 2021 11:28:46 AM

      On Wednesday 17th November was the first in a series of events for the international debate that SWA are organising with the FJSS. We heard seven schools clearly detail how Covid and th...

  • 19 Nov 2021Nov 19 2021 10:39:45 AM

      On the 16th November, the school held a Careers Convention where students learned about what opportunities await them after education. This year we had exhibitors from Easy Jet, Nova apprent...

  • 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