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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 two 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

  • 06 May 2021 - 2:05 PMMay 6 2021 2:17:19 PM
  • 19 Apr 2021 - 7:04 PMApr 19 2021 7:32:47 PM

    Choux pastry today and the year 10s have smashed it. Excellent Choux buns.... they're filling them with cream and dipping in chocolate tonight. Great work guys

  • 17 Apr 2021 - 7:04 PMApr 17 2021 7:53:20 PM

    On the day the Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest, we remember his 2006 visit to @SamWhitAcademy - then Samuel Whitbread Community College. He accompanied The Queen for a tour of the school's new buildings. Here's how @thecomet24 covered the Royal visit:

  • 17 Apr 2021 - 7:04 PMApr 17 2021 7:53:04 PM

    Tom gets Man of the Match today in Bedford's comprehensive win against Richmond @SamWhitPE #bestfamily super proud

  • 15 Apr 2021 - 7:04 PMApr 15 2021 7:44:15 PM

    Roly Poly bread today for Y10. Excellent food skills and passion for product shown by the student. First batch cooked at home and finished by Millie - Superb! @BedsSchTrust @SamWhitAcademy

  • 06 May 2021 - 1:05 PMMay 6 2021 1:08:44 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's family and we ask for their privacy to be respected at this tragic time. Over the coming days and weeks we will be focusing on providing the necessary support, including bereavement counselling with trained professionals, to all in the school community who have been affected by this devastating loss.

  • 21 Apr 2021 - 1:04 PMApr 21 2021 1:56:39 PM

    Unfortunately, our Internet has been down today and we have not had phone access. If you need to contact the school urgently and cannot get through on the normal channels, please phone 07835471157.

  • 15 Apr 2021 - 3:04 PMApr 15 2021 3:02:50 PM

    Please see the link below for details of the GoFundMe page to raise money for Shefford Saints FC after the awful news that fire destroyed their training and matchday equipment. As long term supporters of SWA, we encourage all who can to help!

  • 13 Apr 2021 - 12:04 PMApr 13 2021 12:27:01 PM

    This evening sees the eagerly awaited debate between student teams from RBA and SWA, headed and adjudged by Sir Geoffrey Palmer and the FJSS Group about whether statues linked to racism and the slave trade should be torn down or remain. Students have been working hard on their debate and we invite people to join the Zoom session to see and hear from all. The event starts at 7pm and joining details are below.

  • 08 Mar 2021 - 8:03 PMMar 8 2021 8:28:42 PM

    SWA featured on ITV Anglia News again today as students returned back to school, showing the testing process and outlining the importance of a safe school environment during the pandemic. Click the link below to watch the short clip.

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    How to Find Us

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

    01462 629 900