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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Samuel Whitbread Academy

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  • Opportunity

  • Achievement

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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

  • 21 May 2024 - 5:05 PMMay 21 2024 5:03:44 PM

    Today, students went to @BedsSchTrust and sharpened their oracy skills at an "Advanced Debating" workshop by The ESU. From quick-fire rebuttals to engaging the audience, they tackled diverse topics and nailed it! #AdvancedDebating

  • 20 May 2024 - 4:05 PMMay 20 2024 4:02:42 PM

    Farewell Year 11! What a fantastic last day it was, filled with laughter and memories. We hope you had a blast! As you embark on your next journey, we wish you all the best in your chosen path. Good luck and remember, the future is yours to conquer! #Classof2024

  • 19 May 2024 - 11:05 AMMay 19 2024 11:00:48 AM

    Calling all English graduates! We invite you to start your career with us. Earn while you learn & inspire students with your passion for English studies. Make a difference and join our dedicated team today. To register for our open day -

  • 17 May 2024 - 5:05 PMMay 17 2024 5:03:12 PM

    Are you ready to shape the future of education? Join our team as an Associate Principal and create an environment where learning thrives! Link to apply -

  • 15 May 2024 - 5:05 PMMay 15 2024 5:00:23 PM

    We are halfway through May & the praise points just keep rolling in! Let's see how many more we can gain before half term! Keep up the great work everyone. #PraisePoints

  • 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